Meet the team

Christine and Saffron Hudson

Franchise Owners

Bluebird Care (Canterbury & Thanet) was opened in November 2007 by Mother and daughter team Christine and Saffron Hudson.

They both come with a strong background in social care and bring commitment to excellence in customer care.

Christine is a qualified social worker who began her career in the care sector in 1979. As a social worker and manager, she has worked with children and families as well as elderly persons, adults with learning and/or physical disabilities and people with mental heath problems. 
 
Saffron gained experience in customer care, sales and administration before beginning her social care career in 1988.  She has worked in residential, day care and community settings providing care and support to adults with mental health problems, adults with sensory impairments, adults with learning and/or physical disabilities and children and families.  An honours graduate, she holds qualifications in Training and Development, including NVQ assessing, and NLP.
 
In 1994 they set up a specialist social care training and consultancy business, providing services to local authorities and private and voluntary sector customers, which became Elect Partnership Ltd. in 1997.

 

Together with their management team, they’ve built up a first class reputation since opening Bluebird Care Canterbury and Thanet in 2007. Their ethos is to provide the same standards of care to customers as they would want for their own families.

 

Frances Atherden

Registered Care Manager

Frances Atherden joined us as a part time Care Assistant in 2010.  During her time with us, she has gone from strength to strength and been promoted through several roles culminating in becoming our Registered Care Manager.

Frances is a kind and caring individual who is passionate about the work she does, in whatever role she is in.  Her understanding of care provision and the needs of our customers is second to none.

Lauren Cushway

Coordinator

Lauren first came to us as a Care Assistant in early 2018 with a BTEC Diploma in Health and Social Care as well as experience of community care.

With her sound knowledge of care and a great attitude we quickly spotted her potential. Her work with our customers has always been first rate and this led to her being promoted to Field Care Supervisor and then to  Support Coordinator and now to her role as Coordinator. Lauren is a friendly voice on the end of a telephone and always goes the extra mile to help our customers. She mainly works on staff rotas and making sure our customers get their visits as required. However, she can also turn her hand to assessing customers’ needs and supervising care staff. Like all our staff, Lauren updates her training regularly.

Ruby Marsh

Assistant Care Manager

Ruby 

Shannon Yelverton

Support Coordinator

Shannon

Isabel Valentine

Deputy Manager

Isabel initially joined us as in 2012 as Care Supervisor, bringing with her the experience of having many years’ experience of managing residential care homes. 

On joining us, Isabel had a NVQ Level 4 in Health & Social Care and Registered Manager’s Award: she has kept her training up to date by doing numerous short courses.  

On reaching retirement age Isabel decided she wanted to continue working but reduce her hours. She became part time Deputy Manager in 2016. As time has gone on, her role has evolved, and her main responsibilities now are administration and finance.

Isabel is the person who makes sure all our customers and care staff receive birthday cards. She’s our ‘Christmas fairy; decorating our office, sending out all the Christmas cards and wrapping all our care staff’s Christmas presents.

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