Hello! My name is Kat Pulford, and I’m the Community Manager at St Elizabeth’s Centre.
For those readers who are not familiar with St Elizabeth’s, we are based on the outskirts of Much Hadham on South End road and cover 68 acres of beautiful parkland. Founded in 1903, St Elizabeth’s is a national charity supporting around 200 people of all ages with epilepsy and other complex medical conditions.
Over the past 117 years, St Elizabeth’s has grown and developed to comprise a non-maintained special School for both boarders and day students, a specialist Further Education College, domiciliary care for College learners, residential care with nursing for 102 Adults across 12 purpose built bungalows, a comprehensive Day Opportunities programme for residents and day clients and 24 hour health provision provided by specialist nurses and therapists. The charity was previously one of the charitable works of the Congregation of the Daughters of the Cross of Liège, however in 2018, St Elizabeth’s Centre became a charity in its own right.
We’d also like to introduce our New Pauline Meaney our Catholic Ethos Advocate for St Elizabeth’s
‘Hello my name is Pauline Meaney and I am the Catholic Ethos Advocate at St Elizabeth’s.
After 118 years of care and dedication from the Daughters of the Cross, it was felt that the Catholic ethos and mission, to ensure that all people should ‘live life to the full’ (John 10:10), must still be at the centre of our core values and continue to provide a nurturing and loving environment for the spiritual well-being of the staff and residents.
We continue to provide the same extraordinary and inspirational care to the vulnerable adults, learners, young persons and children of society, ensuring that all their individual needs are met to the highest standard.
We have a beautiful Chapel on site, where mass is celebrated weekly by our onsite Chaplain Fr Paul Arnold, who also ensures other faiths and spiritual needs are met.
To work, reside or visit St Elizabeth’s, is truly a blessing that everyone from all faiths and backgrounds are fortunate to experience.
Our latest Autumn & Winter Newsletter 2020
We are also delighted to say that our ‘Tough Times Blog’ proved so popular, we are now moving it over to a new permanent home and renaming it ‘The Purple Post’. The blog will continue to feature different voices from the St Elizabeth’s community, giving insight into the day to day running of the charity. https://thepurplepost1903.wordpress.com/blog/
We are now ten months into the Covid-19 pandemic, and we continue to adapt and adjust to the ever-changing landscape of the pandemic. With 170 residents living on site (plus 650+ staff), keeping everyone safe continues to be our highest priority. Through rigorous cleaning and thorough planning, we have been able to maintain a significantly low infection rate across the site.
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As Community Manager, I would love to come and talk to you further about the fantastic work that goes on here at St Elizabeth’s Centre, and how you can support us. If you would like to get involved, Please email me at Kat.Pulford@stelizabeths.org.uk, or call me on 01279 844347