Stories

Read some genuine words from our clients and their families about how our service makes them feel and how we’re helping them have a brighter, better day.  Plus a round-up of some of our recent projects involving our care team and our activities within the local community.

Poetry Project

In September Martlets Care hosted a fully-booked poetry reading event at Martlets Hospice to launch the book ‘People Usually are the Happiest at Home’– a publication created from the poems that were entered into the Martlets Care community poetry competition this year. 

The oompetition was judged by Dr Jess Moriarty from University of Brighton and the winning poem was written by Hannah Aston. 

Our Haiku Competition was won by Amanda Sewell.  Copies of the book are available from Martlets shops in Sussex and City Books in Hove, priced £7.50.

In 2017 Martlets Care was awarded Best Care Employer South East at the Great British Care Awards and we are shortlisted for the same award again this year.   

Early in 2018 we opened our new training facilities in Hove – including classrooms and a fully-equipped manual training room and we are currently expanding our carer training modules in order to care for more clients with complex medical conditions.  

“Without exception, the carers for my mum were gentle and competent.  We felt total trust in them.  Thank you for providing mum’s care at short notice”  

Client’s Daughter

“It’s nice to see a friendly face every morning.  Sometimes it’s lonely when you live alone .”

Martlets Care Client

All profits created by Martlets Care go to Martlets Hospice in order to help people in the local community of Brighton, Hove and surrounds.  This is why.

Soosan Porter is appointed as Care Manager, Martlets Care.  Soo has worked with Martlets Hospice and Martlets Care throughout most of her career since she was a teenager – first as a carer, then as a care coordinator, then as care supervisor.  In her new role, Soo is heading-up the provision and quality of care and leading our community based care team.

“Thank you SO much for looking after my dad so well whilst I was away.  I really enjoyed my break and feel energised now I’m back.  Dad looks comfy and peaceful and I could not have had my break without your care.  It means so much to me.”

Family Care-giver

Martlets Care is proud to support the Snailspace community art trail this year in aid of Martlets Hospice – by sponsoring Poppy the giant snail, artworked by local artist Tina Davies – who paints with her hands instead of brushes. Poppy and Tina were visited at Preston Park by superstar DJ FatBoySlim.

“Without such care, I don’t think we would have got dad to his grand old age of 98 – and still living independently in his own home”
Client’s family members

Early days....4 sleeps until launch 🚀 #bemoresnail #martlets #art #brighton #brightonartist #giantsnails #drumroll @snailspacebh @martletscare

Posted by Tina Davies Art on Tuesday, 11 September 2018

Our Care Assistant Jo Parsons is shortlisted as Best Care Newcomer South East in the Great British Care Awards – and this category celebrates individuals who are new to the care profession.  Jo joined Martlets Care, after working as a primary school teacher.  She has excellent skills, a great caring attitude and sense of humour,and is popular with our clients.