Oxlip House celebrate their ten-year anniversary one year late
Extra Care Housing
Clients, OSJCT employees and catering staff at the extra care housing scheme Oxlip House in Bury St Edmund’s recently celebrated ten years since opening. The modern housing scheme for over 55-year-olds was opened in October 2010, but last year’s party was postponed until this year due to COVID-19.
Around 45 clients, 21 OSJCT team members and 10 restaurant staff joined the celebration which included a buffet meal. Tara Barber, who joined the scheme at the start and became Domiciliary Care Manager in 2019, spoke at the event to thank the loyal team of carers, and Calvers Catering, who run the onsite restaurant and supplied food for the celebration.
Client Alf Gray shared his gratitude for the celebration and those involved in running Oxlip House. He said: “To all the carers at Oxlip House, a big thank you for all your hard work, and of course to the managers and the catering team. You helped us all out during the pandemic, and we do appreciate all the help you gave us.”
Speaking at the event Tara said: “I am incredibly proud of the whole care team who provided ongoing support to clients during scary pandemic times and gave up their free time to run corridor activities to combat feelings of loneliness in the scheme.
“Oxlip House is again alive with music and laughter. We are looking forward to many more good times ahead.”
Deputy Manager Jane and carer Laura attended the event. They also joined the scheme along with Tara when it opened, and many employees have worked at the home for over five years. Tara credits this to the supportive team environment and the scheme feeling like family.
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Photo caption: Manager Tara (middle) with clients Renee and Mike, and carer Sandra at the ten year anniversary celebration.