We also care for those with progressive neurological conditions, such as Multiple Sclerosis, Motor Neurone Disease and Parkinson’s disease.
The Chaseley Trust provides expert health and social care for people in a safe, friendly and accessible environment. Our multi-disciplinary team approach provides services that respect the choices, individuality and privacy of our residents and day service users.
We have a large ornate building with lots of history behind it and plenty or different environments to work within. There is the HR department, Activate Gym, physio therapy, activities and a reception area.
Chaseley is a home for those who live here and visit, but we think it is more than that.
In 1945 the house was donated as a home for ex-servicemen with spinal injuries, at the request of Dr. Luttwig Guttmann.
Dr. Guttmann believed that injured soldiers should not be defined by their disabilities and deserved to live a full and active life.
In 1948 Dr. Guttmann started the Stoke Mandeville games, which would later become the Paralympic Games. In the London 2012 Paralympic games, 4,032 athletes from 164 countries proved that a disability does not stop you from achieving amazing things.
Not everyone can win a gold medal, but our aim is to help to reach our residents goals. We get to know about their dreams and aspirations and work with them as an individual in a friendly and supportive environment. Then seeing them reach their goals and produce something they are proud of, gives us all a sense of worth and fulfilment.
We welcome volunteers who will help us in all sorts of ways, to help us run fundraising events, escort residents on outings and at events and sharing their skills with our residents. Activities can be sedate and relaxing, such as yoga, flower arranging or a visit from Pet Pals. There are also more demanding activities such as gardening, karaoke, boccia or a lively discussion group. We are also open to new ideas and setting up new groups or clubs that could benefit our residents.
Do you have skills you can share, or time to offer? We are especially keen to recruit volunteers who can help us with fun activities such as IT skills, gardening, decorating, interior design and arts and crafts, however if you have any skill or talent not mentioned then please let us know and we can talk about how you can work with our team at Chaseley Trust to showcase these skills to our residents.
We have a large art room with lots of bought and donated materials for everyone to use and there is also a good size pottery kiln here too. We also have some bordered gardening plots that have recently been cleared and weeded similar to an old fashioned kitchen garden, where you might like to come and assist our residents to share as an allotment that are ready to have someone’s green fingers to grown fruit, vegetables, herbs or even grow some beautiful plants.
We also have a CasBAR, our bistro area with outside decking to enjoy Eastbourne’s high levels of sunshine and are looking for people who would like to develop skills in the hospitality area to help with the day to day running of it and making light snacks. We are also looking for dining room hosts where you can enjoy the fantastic sea views and assist with residents’ meal times serving the lovely home cooked meals our in house Chefs make.
Volunteering can be very rewarding, and a great way to meet new people and improve your social life. All our volunteers will be required to have a DBS check which is free and will be fully trained, and the experience gained may lead to new opportunities and can help to develop your career too. You will obtain certificates for any training undertaken and recommendations too during you time here volunteering.
So please take that next step to come and see us, meet our staff and residents and whilst having a look around sign up to becoming a ‘Chaseley Volunteer’
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