Chichester assisted home celebrates 30th anniversary

Residents and staff at Tozer House in Chichester celebrate its 30th anniversary
Residents and staff at Tozer House in Chichester celebrate its 30th anniversary

An assisted home for adults with learning disabilities celebrated its 30th anniversary last week.

Tozer House in Tozer Way, Chichester is a county council-supported facility, which caters for up to 15 residents.

It held an extra special Strawberry Fair to mark the occasion.

Care worker Sylvia Hitchman said the home made a huge difference to people’s lives.

Its small team of dedicated staff have found its work extremely satisfying in caring for residents suffering from a range of disabilities and helping them integrate into the wider community.

As one of its original care assistant team, Mrs Hitchman recalled her time there as extremely memorable.

She said: “I think this place has been brilliant for those that live here and come to use its facilities.

“I can remember it opening back in 1981 and have been doing care work all my life as I just wanted to give something back to the community.

“It has really helped those who have been here as they are quite often younger people and it was quite social for them and we have tried to help them integrate with the community.”

Last Thursday’s event featured a range of activities including a tombola, cake displays and a wet sponge throwing contest, with proceeds going to the home.

Douglas Fleming, who has been involved with the care home for the last decade said: “I think the fair went very well, though it’s a shame the weather didn’t quite hold for us.

“It has been a real challenge working here, it’s quite exciting to be helping make people’s lives better.

“It can just be through doing some everyday things like games and helping them with puzzles. We have one resident who is now 80 who really enjoys doing the gardening here.”

He said one of its most valued services was catering for short-term respite visits which he believed the facility’s clients had greatly valued.

The team is always interested to hear from people interested in volunteering at the home.

For more information call 01243 776703.