About Us

Why Us?

The first St Mary’s Home was known as St Mary’s Hospital and was established in 1857 by the Roman Catholic Sisters of the English Dominican Congregation, in the picturesque canal town of Stone in Staffordshire. The current St Mary’s was built in 1976 and is still owned by the Sisters. We specialise in nursing care both short and long term for the over 65s but also offer residential care.

The main emphasis of the home is person centred care in a Christian environment, where every opportunity is given for the enhancement of the spiritual, physical and social well-being of each individual.

At St Mary’s we aim to provide a high standard of person centered care within a Christian environment, but residents of all faiths and ethnic backgrounds are welcomed.

We offer a homely, friendly and open atmosphere and promote the privacy, dignity and rights of all our residents.

Both management and our highly trained staff are committed to ensuring the health, well being & comfort of all the residents.

We pride ourselves on our excellent reputation both within the local community and across the county.

We have 59 single rooms across three floors all serviced by two lifts. Many of our rooms have en-suite facilities and a number have a small sitting room. All rooms are equipped to a high standard with connections for television and telephone if required and are connected to a nurse call system. Residents are encouraged to bring in personal possessions and small items of furniture if they wish. There is a chapel, and two spacious, comfortable lounges and a light airy dining room in which residents can enjoy well balanced meals from a varying menu which are freshly cooked by our own catering staff. The home is set in a town location, however residents benefit from extensive views of large and beautiful gardens.

We have two dedicated Activity Co-ordinators whose roles are to create, plan, organise and co-ordinate a stimulating and developing activity programme to enhance the quality of life of each resident. The programme includes bingo, skittles, arts and crafts, gentlemen’s mornings and a social evening on Fridays. We welcome the involvement of family and friends in any of the activities offered. There is a dedicated hair salon offering a personalised service two to three times per week, and ladies mornings offering pampering sessions including foot spas and manicures. We work closely with a number of visiting health professionals, such as physiotherapists, who make a valuable contribution to the health provision of our residents at St. Mary’s.

St Mary's Nursing Home Dining Area

Our Team

Natalie Dibble

Registered Manager

Natalie has worked at St Mary’s since 2006 initially as a Registered Nurse before being appointed Registered Manager in 2018.  She is Chair of the Staffordshire Registered Managers Network (Stoke) and  is passionate about care of the elderly. 

Julie Birks

Deputy Manager

Julie first worked at St Mary’s as a care assistant.  She returned in 2006 as a Registered Nurse and worked as a night nurse before becoming Deputy Manager in 2018.

Dianne Williams

activity coordinator

Dianne started work at St Mary’s in 2001 as a care assistant. She was appointed Activities Coordinator in 2013 and in addition to arranging activities and visiting entertainers she spends time with residents on a one to one basis and is very involved in fundraising.

Shannon Warrilow


Shannon joined us working part time whilst at school.  After graduating from university she returned to St Mary’s, initially as part of the housekeeping team. She is now a valued member of the Activities Team where she puts her degree in Performing Arts to good use.

Caroline Cartlidge


Caroline joined us in 2017 as one of our job share reception staff. Her friendly smile is often the first thing visitors see. Caroline enjoys keeping fit, particularly yoga.

April Barbour


April is one of our friendly receptionists.  She joined us in November 2020 having previously worked at a care home in Burton upon Trent.  When not at work, she loves spending time with her young grandson who is the light of her life.

Anne Clark


Anne started her long career at St Mary’s in 1998 and was previously Registered Manager. Anne is a highly experienced trained palliative care nurse.

Donna Martin


Donna joined St Mary’s in 2003 after many years spent in the pottery industry in Stoke on Trent. Donna is a senior carer with specialist palliative care training.

Molly Thomas

Care Staff

Molly  joined St Mary’s in 2015 working in the kitchen after college. After finishing at college in 2017 she became a full time care assistant.

Laura Sampson


Laura joined St Mary’s in 2017 as a member of the housekeeping team before becoming housekeeper in 2019.  Laura takes pride in ensuring a high standard of cleanliness throughout the home and is the Infection Control Champion.

Jenny Jones

Catering Manager

Jenny has worked in catering in care homes for many years and joined St Mary’s in 2017 as a Catering Assistant before becoming Catering Manager in 2019. Jenny and her team are able to cater for all residents’ dietary requirements and love to see them enjoying her home cooked meals. The team prepare themed food for events, special occasions and celebrations at St Mary’s.

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