Sahara Lodge and Gardens enjoy slice of success at Macmillan day

Staff and residents at Sahara Lodge and Gardens have managed to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support with a fundraising day.

A wide selection of cakes was made for the home and then sold throughout the day to visitors, staff members and service users, who each gave a donation to the charity.

The money will now be handed over to Macmillan, which will be used by the organisation to support people and families undergoing treatment or receiving care for cancer.

Patricia Allen, Deputy Manager at Sahara Lodge and Gardens, said: “We would like to thank everyone who joined us for our fundraising day for Macmillan. We were blown away by the generosity of those who bought cakes on the day. We hope that everyone enjoyed tucking into what we had created.”

Service users get sporty for summer

Last month we brought you news of some of our services users visiting the Paralympics competition in London and this month some of our residents have followed in their footsteps to become athletes in their own rights.

Sahara Lodge Day Centre has hosted a sports day for its residents, which saw staff and service users join in with a number of traditional activities, including a hula hoop competition.

Those who took part were awarded with a special certificate, which recognised their successes and hard work.

The Day Centre takes great pride in promoting healthy living amongst Sahara Care’s residents and this event was the ideal way of keeping fit, whilst having fun.

Claire Dixon, Sahara Care’s Day Centre Coordinator, said: “All of the resident and the staff really enjoyed our summer sports day. They really got into the spirit of things and it would be fair to say that everyone had fun.”

Terence Brown, Chairman of Sahara Care, added: “At Sahara Care we always strive to help our residents stay fit and healthy. Events such as this make a massive difference to keeping their quality of life high and from what I have heard it was a nice day spent outside in the summer sun.”

Sahara Lodge named among top 20 in London for the second year in a row

Staff at Sahara Lodge in east London are delighted to announce that they have been named one of the ‘Top 20 Recommended Care Homes in London 2018’ by a leading website for the second year running. has once again selected the home, run by care provider Sahara Care, from hundreds of sites across the capital for its exceptional work with adults with learning disabilities.

Based upon the number of positive reviews the home has received from relatives of service users, the award is an important indicator of the high quality of care provided by Sahara Lodge’s team.

The home is currently rated 9.9 out of 10 thanks to the online reviews, which describe the “excellent” home as “calm and caring environment” with  “very good management and excellent staff”.

The home, based in Earlham Grove, Forest Gate, won the same award in 2017 and has high hopes for maintaining its spot as one of London’s best care homes.

Janette Neal, Care Manage at Sahara Lodge, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have once again been named as one of London’s top 20 care homes. We are very fortunate to have the support of our residents and their relatives, who really value the care we provide.

“None of this would be possible without our fantastic team at Sahara Lodge, who give so much of themselves to their roles and work so hard to ensure residents receive the highest standard of care.”

To find out more about Sahara Lodge’s listing, please click here.

Residents enjoy spook-tacular party

Skeletons, ghosts, witches and the incredible hulk all attended Sahara Lodge’s Halloween party last month for a night of scares and fun.

Residents from the two homes and guests from one of our other homes, Sahara House, had a lot of fun at our latest scary shindig.

There was music, food and drinks and a competition for best costume, which was won by Sahara resident Carol, who dressed as a witch. Partygoers also enjoyed a ghost hunt around the garden and bobbing for apples.

Janette Neal, Care Manager at Sahara Lodge said: “This years’ Halloween party was a massive success and our guests definitely enjoyed themselves. We love hosting events like this that bring together residents from across the Sahara Care group.”

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Sahara Parkside launch new activities schedule

The team at Sahara Parkside have launched a new schedule of activities for residents at the home.

Every Friday the team will be holding a coffee morning, where a wide selection of hot drinks, including tea, coffee, cappuccino and latte will be available, along with biscuits.

Starting at 10.30am the hour-long event held in the home’s activity room, will be a chance to catch up with friends and chat with staff.

Then every Saturday night Parkside will hold a disco between 6.30pm and 8.30pm. All of Sahara’s residents are invited to come and dance to the music of their choice.

To wind down on Sunday, the home will be holding a movie night, which will be showing the latest movies to guests from 6pm onwards.

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Sharon Kaur, Managing Director at Sahara Care, said: “Parkside is offering some fantastic new opportunities to residents and I would encourage service users and staff to get involved.”

“We provide a number of activities to our residents across our entire group, from dance nights through to trips abroad. These events and outings help to ensure our service users are able to live a fulfilling life.”

Hastings invaded by Sahara Care residents

Residents of Sahara Care have been supported by staff to enjoy a holiday to the famous seaside town of Hastings.

Three service users were joined by a care team when they visited the coastal attraction at the end of summer, which is famous as the landing ground for the Norman invasion in 1066.

During their trip, the trio were helped by Sahara’s carers to see the sights of the lovely town, which included an art gallery, the seafront, cliff lift, museums and an aquarium.

Sahara Lodge’s Deputy Manager, Patricia Allen said: “Everyone had a fantastic time in Hastings and they were able to see and do a number of things with help from our care team.

“Trips like this are a really important part of what we do at Sahara, as it helps our service users to learn new skills and gain a greater sense of independence.

Sharon Kaur, Managing Director at Sahara Care, added: “We always try to go above and beyond to make sure our residents are able to enjoy a high quality of life and holiday’s and getaways play an important part in ensuring this goal is achieved.”

From Sahara with Love

Life-long James Bond fan and Sahara Resident, Ronald Skinner, has celebrated his 78th Birthday by donning a suit and visiting the ‘Bond in Motion’ exhibition at the London Film Museum in Covent Garden.

Ronald has been a big fan of James Bond since his childhood and has watched all of the 26 movies that make up the famous spy saga.

During the trip he got to learn more about his favourite James Bond actor, Sean Connery and the famous cars that he drove.

Bond in Motion is the official exhibition of James Bond vehicles and is the largest display of its kind ever to be staged in London.

Having enjoyed the exhibit Ronald, supported by the care team at Sahara, went for a meal in London before returning home to share his stories with his friends and fellow service users.

Terrence Brown, Chairman of Sahara Care, said: “Ronald is a larger than life character and is well-loved by everyone at Sahara Care. I am delighted that he was able to live out his dream of being Bond at this wonderful exhibition in London.

“Days out like this are an important part of the care that we offer to our residents and lets them interact and enjoy their various passions, as well as offer them the chance to experience new things.”

Congratulations to Sahara’s employee of the month

We are delighted to announce that Syed Muhammad has been selected as the latest Sahara Care employee of the month.

Syed first came to our attention at Sahara Care two years ago when he completed two weeks work experience, aged just 16. Having completed his time with our group he asked us whether we could offer him a contract, but due to his age we were not able to.

However, aged 18 he returned and took up a position with us whilst he was completing his NVQ Level 3, which he has now received.

He works full-time at Sahara Lodge providing support and care to service users. He is described by his fellow colleagues as “a wonderful support worker” that brings “a young person’s dimension to the service”

During his time with Sahara he has built up a wonderful connection with residents, and in particular DH*, who he has help to enrol in college, integrate into the local community and try new activities in the day centre.

Janette Neal, Care Manager at Sahara Lodge, said: “It is so difficult to interest young people in joining the care sector, but Syed is absolutely dedicated and determined to eventually progress into management. He has all the attributes to becoming an excellent care professional and I hope he remains with Sahara Care and achieves his goals – I also really wish there were more like him.“

Sharon Kaur, Managing Director at Sahara Care, said: “Everyone is very proud of Syed for what he has achieved in such a short space of time. The team at Sahara Lodge are full of admiration for the work he has done with DH*, which is why we are all very excited to name him employee of the month.”

*Anonymised to protect the person’s identity

Popular activity centre is to undergo a makeover thanks to charity project

We are delighted to announce that the Terence Brown Arc is to undergo significant expansion and improvements following a new charity partnership with international construction firm, Mace.

The youth hub in Hermit Road Park, Canning Town, was recently reopened under its new name following a donation of £36,000 from our Managing Director, Sharon Kaur.

Sharon, who is a Trustee of AAA the organisation behind the Arc, named the centre in honour of our group’s Chairman, Terence Brown.

AAA, which stands for Ambition, Aspire, Achieve, is a new young people’s organisation in east London which aims to provide new opportunities and sustained positive outcomes for local youngsters.

The launch of the recently refurbished centre also drew the attention of West Ham’s Chairmen David Sullivan and David Gold, who also donated money to the centre and this has now also led to contributions by Mace, which employs more than 4,000 people across five continents with a turnover in excess of £1 billion.

They are to treat The Arc as a project for their staff and suppliers and are due to carry out 12 different construction processes, worth an estimated £300,000 in total, in order to further improve the Arc.

The project was kick started in August with a volunteer day involving more than 40 Mace staff and some of their colleagues from their supply chain, during which they completely repainted all the adventure play structures at the Arc.

Other planned works, which are being conducted free of charge to the centre, range from a floodlit all weather pitch to a new mezzanine floor in the main building.

Speaking about the generous donation by Mace and AAA’s other supporters, Kevin Jenkins OBE, the group’s founder said: “Without the core support given to AAA by Sharon and Terence, we would not be in this position – attracting substantial pro-bona support from Mace and making a real difference by changing the lives of the disadvantaged, vulnerable and at risk children that we work with daily.”

Sharon Kaur added: “We are delighted that our ongoing support of AAA has led to this project getting underway with Mace. Everyone in the community is really getting behind this centre and it is fantastic to see that AAA and the Terence Brown Arc have bright futures ahead of them.”

Staff and friends say final farewell to one of Sahara’s oldest residents

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of one of Sahara Care’s oldest residents, Alfred Dowry, at the end of July.

Alfred was just days away from celebrating his 81st birthday and had been in our care for a number of years and was well liked by everyone.

To mark his passing, staff and residents at Sahara Lodge prepared personal messages that were attached to a heart shaped balloon that was released in the home’s garden as a way of saying a final farewell to a very much loved member of the house.

Janette Neal, Care Manager at Sahara Lodge and Gardens, said: “Alfred had no close family members, but everyone at Sahara Care considered him part of our extended family.

“It took a while for service users and staff to come to terms with Alfred’s death, but we took great comfort in releasing the balloon in his memory.”

Sharon Kaur, Managing Director at Sahara Care, added: “It is always sad when one of our older service users leaves us or passes on.

“We take great pride in the care we provide and Alfred was always very happy at Sahara Lodge with his friends. I would like to offer my condolences to all those who knew Alfred.”