Belvedere House celebrates family history

The Royal Alfred Seafarers’ Society, is celebrating its long history of family connections.

Banstead-based maritime charity, The Royal Alfred Seafarers’ Society, is celebrating its long history of family connections with residents and staff within its award-winning care home at Belvedere House.

Within its workforce, the care home has strong family connections. Catering manager Matt Goodman joined the Royal Alfred as a chef in 2014 after being introduced through his grandmother, who was a carer at the home and always spoke so highly of working at the home. Goodman now runs the kitchen and his very own catering team to ensure all residents are well fed.

The Society, which was founded as a charity in 1865, offers specialist care to retired seafarers, their families and their dependents. With 36 residents in the home and 92 staff members, the society counts a number of family members as part of its community.

The home is also the workplace of happy couple Richard and Judy Condie (pictured above). The pair, who have been married for over 30 years, have spent most of that time working together at the 150-year-old care home, where Judy’s mother is also a resident.

“We must be doing something right as both of our sons, Michael and Nick, who run an independent gardening business, work on contract with us too," says Richard. "It’s a really unique environment here at the Royal Alfred Seafarers’ Society and we feel supported as a partnership and a family team.”

The home has evolved over the years to also offer dedicated care to those suffering with dementia, meaning it can cater for married couples who may have differing needs, allowing them to remain together.

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