Sunrise of Banstead care home is celebrating International Women’s Day by recognising an inspirational resident, Joyce Bartlett, and team member Jocelyn Ventura.
Jocelyn Ventura is one of Sunrise of Banstead’s Activities Assistants and has worked at the care home since its opening 16 years ago. Jocelyn, who is originally from the Philippines, moved to the UK in 1996 after meeting her lifelong partner in Hong Kong in 1985 and staying in touch for 11 years.
Moving to England, Jocelyn started her journey at Sunrise of Banstead as a Care Assistant. In this role, she was able to always manage all residents with differing characters, including helping to repair zips, hems and buttons as and when needed. She later worked with the care home’s activities team and developed a love for this work which led her to become one of Sunrise of Banstead’s Activities Assistants.
Speaking of Jocelyn, Suzanne Garston, General Manager of Sunrise of Banstead, said:
“Jocelyn’s creativity is immense and her dedication to the needs of residents is of paramount importance and always in the forefront of everything she does. Her attention to detail is incredible and family members, residents and team members will all say what an exceptional, caring person Jocelyn is.
“Family members also describe Jocelyn as someone who goes beyond the call of duty as well as being thoughtful, creative and sensitive. As a testament to her outstanding commitment, Jocelyn has entered many local flower shows and won many awards which the residents have shared in and learnt from her craft sessions.”
Residents also share their admiration for Jocelyn, with one resident commenting:
“Jocelyn is loved by us all. She is highly talented and can turn her hand to anything, whether it is sewing on a button, or creating beautiful floral arrangements here at Sunrise of Banstead or at the local flower shows.”
Alongside Jocelyn, Joyce Bartlett, a 98-year-old resident at the care home, is also being recognised for International Women’s Day.
Born in 1922 in Streatham, London, Joyce sadly lost her parents at a young age with her uncle and auntie then becoming her guardians. She later developed a passion for teaching and went on to specialise in teaching deaf children in Peckham. After finishing her teaching career, Joyce worked for Age Concern Charity in Epsom and Ewell, where she worked until she was 80 years old. She was known for her love of helping others, and could always be found supporting people in her local community, with one friend saying her generosity was “endless”.
Speaking of Joyce, Suzanne Garston said:
“Joyce is incredibly sharp and has an exceptional memory - we have the most wonderful conversations when we are together. Indicative of her character, a few years ago she won an award at Sunrise of Banstead's’ Oscar Night for being the most fascinating resident as nominated by team members at our care home.”
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