• Grandville Lodge Residential Home
    19 Grand Drive, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex SS9 1BG
    Delivering care with kindness.
  • Kimberley Grace Care Home
    15 – 17 Grosvenor Road, Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex SS0 8EP
    Dementia Care - permanent / respite / day
    Home comforts by the sea - where Cherishing Quality of life Counts.
  • Abbeyfield St. Georges
    Park Terrace, Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex SS0 7PH
    A lovely home where dedicated staff care for 25 elderly Residents in a safe, comfortable and welcoming environment.
  • Merrie Loots Farm Residential Home
    Merrie Loots Farm, East Tilbury Road, Linford, Stanford-le-Hope, Essex SS17 0QS
    A lovely welcoming home in the Essex Countryside.
  • Beaufort Lodge
    12 Saint Vincent’s Road, Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex SS0 7PR
    Permanent, residential or dementia care. Also respite and day care. We provide it all at affordable prices.
  • Astral Lodge
    35 Ailsa Road, Westcliff–on–Sea, Essex SS0 8BJ
    A lovely, small and cosy, 14 bedded Care Home catering for those who have dementia.
  • Hollymede Cottage
    Hollymede Cottage, 61-63 Church End Lane, Wickford, Essex SS11 7DP
    A cosy ‘home from home’ care home where comfort, good food and good care come as standard.
  • Marcris House
    Coopersale Lane, Theydon Bois, Epping, Essex CM16 7NS
    A beautiful home in glorious grounds – a truly lovely place to be.
  • Brook Care Home
    17 Brook Close, Rochford, Essex SS4 1HW
    Experienced staff provide care for 20 individuals aged 55 and over with a Mental Health diagnosis, including dementia, in a homely atmosphere.
  • Bali Hai Care Home
    14/16 Southbourne Grove, Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex SS0 9UR
    Experienced staff provide care for 12 individuals aged 21 to 65 with a Mental Health diagnosis in a homely atmosphere.
  • Catherine Miller House
    13-17 Old Leigh Road, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex SS9 1LB
    Homely environment, for frail elderly & dementia. All rooms en-suite, fresh cooked food, lots of activities.
  • The Lilacs
    121 Chalkwell Avenue, Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex SS0 8NI
    A Home from Home.
  • Mountdale Nursing Home
    59 Mountdale Gardens, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex SS9 4AP
    We provide care and accommodation for up to 22 adults who may have complex nursing needs including Dementia.
  • Oakdale Residential Care Home
    123 Kiln Road, Benfleet, Essex SS7 1TG
    A nice small 27 bedded person centred care home for elderly residents with dementia.
  • Havengore House
    27 Fairfield Road, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex SS9 5RZ
    Havengore House ( in Eastwood ) provides care in a homely setting for the elderly, as well as those with mild to moderate level of dementia.
  • Crowstone Manor Care Home
    38 Crowstone Road, Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex SS0 8BA
    Informal Home for the elderly, home cooked meals, secluded gardens and experienced trained staff.
  • Parklands Care Centre
    21-27 Thundersley Park Road, South Benfleet, Essex SS7 1EG
    Parklands is a 54 bed Nursing Home, set amongst landscaped gardens. We offer high-quality care for people aged 40 and above with physical disabilities, as well as respite and palliative care facilities.

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SECHA is a non-political Care Association and is open to all professionals from within the Care Industry. We welcome members from Southend, Essex and Thurrock. We work with local authorities and other Care Industry organisations to help our members and the clients they look after. Our philosophy is simple. We learn from others, encourage good practice, support those that are struggling and do not tolerate those that will not or cannot support the best care for our profession. SECHA stands for high quality care and we strive to ensure the SECHA brand will give reassurance to those who see it and wish to place their loved ones within our care.

 


SECHA held its AGM on the 25th. May 2016. Our Chair gave an excellent Annual Report which we have set out below;-

Chairman’s Annual Report 25th May 2016

I have now been the Chair of SECHA for a year and now is a good time to look back and also to look forward to the next year.

We first of all looked at where SECHA was going and how it did business. We looked at its values, its philosophy and what its objectives were. It was obvious that the members should always be central to what SECHA does and that there was a need to change the way we did business.

We wanted to create real benefits for its members and to create SECHA as a brand which stood for quality and trust not just within the care industry but more importantly within the community as a whole which ultimately is where we get our customers from. In this way SECHA members would have an edge on their bigger and more grander competitors to fill its beds and increase fees and profitability, to ensure home owners can reinvest to give their clients the best quality of care and at the same time give an acceptable return for their investment.

Yes a big ask.. But Rome wasn’t built in a day! Of course all the directors have their own homes to manage so we all work for SECHA as and when time permits and sometimes it does feel like trying to run through treacle. But what have we achieved?

  • We have increased our membership by 25% and if we take into account natural wastage of homes leaving SECHA the percentage is higher.
  • The Highest number of members re-joining for many years.
  • A free help line for health and safety and employment law.
  • The Creation of Associate Membership for those outside Essex. Why should SECHA restrict ourselves to geographical boundaries when with the internet, there are no boundaries. There are no longer any boundaries for SECHA.
  • Free training in some of the mandatory courses. Train all your staff for free!
  • Over 3000 online courses delivered to SECHA members.
  • Reduced rates for services and products.
  • Updated website. Each Month the visits to our website increases which demonstrates more and more people are hearing about SECHA and want to know more about us. In April a total of 3714 people visited our website
  • Relationship with a world renown research institute who are happy to support our conferences and Breakfasts – Kings College London
  • Improved relationship with Southend Borough Council.

Of course we are above all a trade association not a Trade Union. We do not have negotiating rights with the council when it comes to fees. Whilst we may ask about fees to try and do more is counter-productive We have seen over the past 5 years the adversarial negative and frankly destructive effects that approach has had on SECHA. To the point that it almost destroyed itself. SECHA has risen out of the ashes.

Whilst for some of us it may be difficult to find praise for Southend Borough Council it has to be said, many homes have seen a rise of up to 10% in fees by Southend-on-Sea Borough Council for residents obtained via the bidding system. When, in the history of SECHA has that happened before? Southend Borough Council should be applauded for this even though it may have come about more by accident than design. Currently we are talking to Southend-on-Sea Borough Council about reduced rate for energy for care homes and Southend Borough Council buying more training from us. Finance is the life blood of the Association and we need more income streams. This year we had a deficit again. I want this to be the last year we have such a deficit. I want that to be a thing of the past!

SECHA is becoming known as a voice to be heard not only within Southend-on-Sea Borough Council but within Essex County Council.

In recent months we have been involved with both Southend Borough Council and Essex County Council to seek our views in ascertaining the true cost of care in respect of Essex County Council and in relationship with Southend-on-Sea Borough Council quality issues. Our voice is being heard where it matters.

Additionally we have introduced ‘Viewpoint’ on the home page of our website. It is our opinion that SECHA should tell the community what life is about in the care industry in a way which does not put a spin on it. To the point and as it is. Sometimes the ‘Viewpoint’ is uncompromising and extreme but its goes to show the problems our industry has. We shouldn’t try to hide our problems or try to make them less than they are but SECHA tells it the way it is. Sometimes time does not allow us to pussy foot around individuals to make life look nice and lovey dovey. If individuals cannot accept the reality of life then they need to be told, told in a firm but fair way. Some people may say that its being abrupt. I disagree. I say its honesty and the community are entitled to treated as adults, and to be told THE WAY IT IS.

But the SECHA brand is becoming known. Our name is being talked about. In recent weeks we have had many members of the public contact us to ask advice and information. They have been referred to us from Age Concern, Basildon Council, Colchester Council, Clacton Council to name a few as well as the public within and around Southend. We were even asked if we could provide a speaker for a conference being held in London…!

That has been the past year. But more importantly what have we planned for the coming year?

We still are looking to recruit new members. Through large membership comes power.

I would not expect membership to increase as it did last year but year on year I would expect it to grow if only by 3 members per year would be a positive step.

We will continue to source partners who will give SECHA members discounts off goods and services The more members we have and the more the members use the partners the greater the discounts we can lever out of suppliers.

Our online training is expected to grow from 3,000 in the last year to, shall I say, 5,000 courses delivered in the coming year. No, 15,000 courses is possible. It is important we train our staff and develop staff and managers to deliver a good quality of care for their clients. Of course at that rate it becomes a significant income stream which then will allow us to develop future projects part of which is to sponsor a manager for a conference more about that in the forthcoming months, or we can deliver experts speakers for ad hoc breakfasts on subjects which are particular complex or current.

Further building of relationships with councils to ensure SECHA is at the centre of issues and changes regarding our industry and those issues which will affect all of you.

Our website will continue to evolve as and when it is appropriate. Our ‘Viewpoint’ will continue to be hard hitting. Members can contribute to our ‘Viewpoint’. We also want to be able to tell the community the good things about care homes. They are happening every day so tell us!

And finally……..

I mentioned earlier about associate membership. We have always had 2 associate members although they didn’t have that label on them. In recent weeks we have been pushing that idea to outside Essex I am delighted to say that we have had a chain of 14 homes throughout the UK who have joined us as associate members.

SECHA is not what it used to be. Whilst maintaining our intimate and local relationships with our members our associate membership now allow us to become a national care association!! The foundations have been created now let’s build, let’s all be proud of our association support us and give us the strength and power to make thing happen and give you real benefits from a local care association with national ideas.

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