Meet the team
Here are just a few of the people from our fantastic Bluebird Care Clapham & Streatham Team:
I’m sure like most people I had no experience of ‘home care’ until my dad George, whom I adored, became seriously ill. I’d always believed him to be invincible and it was a complete shock to me to find out he was a mere mortal like the rest of us… and so began a very emotional journey with some good and not so good care along the way and sadly for our family, no happy ending.
I experienced for myself the huge impact care from a stranger has, not only on the person receiving the support but the wider family too. And so I decided to stand up and be counted and that’s where Bluebird Care Wandsworth was born in 2011. My background lent itself perfectly to the skills I needed to establish an organization that could make a positive difference to others who live in the same community as me.
Rated by CQC as 'Outstanding' for Leadership and widely regarded in Wandsworth as the Marks & Spencer of care, expanding our ‘care family’ in 2017 to cover our neighbouring Borough of Lambeth was a natural progression in our ongoing journey. It’s unbelievably rewarding to spend each day making someone else’s and to have a team working for me who share the same values and standards.
Our care is different. It goes far beyond companionship and ticking off tasks. We are determined to give our customers the very best care at home available - the sort of care I wanted for my dad. We spend an enormous amount of time and attention in selecting the right people to join our team. Those who make the grade are trained to standards that exceed those of any other home care company in the area. They receive continuous training and development to make sure they meet the most exacting standards and offer the most effective care. We help our customers face many health challenges including all kinds of dementia, stroke, brain injury, MND, MS and Parkinson's among a full range of neurological conditions.
We are part of the nationally renowned Bluebird Care, the country’s market leader and foremost provider of private care-at-home.
This means that whilst my team are local, with the all-important ‘local’ company feel and friendly personal service, we benefit from the support structure of a respected and award winning national organization with systems in place to ensure unparalleled standards of care – something a smaller individual local business couldn’t hope to match.
Registered Care Manager
Like many people, I switched my career to Health & Social Care after a member of my family had a very poor experience. In this case, it was my grandparent who was in a care home. My initial career started in solar energy design back home in Yorkshire but now I couldn't imagine working in any other sector.
I moved to London with my partner and joined a small complex care company initially as a Field Care Supervisor and then Area Care Manager. By studying independently at the same time, I ultimately achieved my goal to become a Registered Care Manager.
I feel lucky to have supported the people we care for across all levels from delivering care myself to operational management. This has given me a huge insight and appreciation for the hard work our carers carry out on a daily basis, and the support our customers need to remain comfortable and safe in their own homes.
It’s a privilege to lead such a successful and dedicated team and to share in our fantastic reputation for care as it should be.
A mum with 2 young daughters I initially joined the team as a part time administrator and then from there I was head of recruitment. I’ve grown with this family company as my girls have grown up and I am now full time Business Manager.
I’m still very much involved with our wonderful carers – many of whom have been with us for many years now– and I love seeing the journey they each take from the day they start working for us.
I am also the person who speaks to those enquiring about our service, a role I take incredibly seriously.
I was once that person not knowing where to start and needing help for my own mum and I know just how scary and confusing the whole process can be. I don’t want anyone to feel as overwhelmed as I did and so it’s a very personal thing for me that I give the very best advice I can.
It’s a privilege to do what I do.
Customer Services Manager
I decided to become a professional carer over ten years ago now, having looked after my father who was very ill.
Because of my background, when I left school I knew that caring for others professionally was the right career choice for me.
I was initially a Health Care Assistant for Bupa Care Homes. I learned so much and quickly developed a real passion for caring for the most vulnerable in our communities. Because of this, I moved to The Royal Hospital Chelsea. I loved my time there and I’m so proud to have looked after our veterans who we owe so much.
Whilst residential care homes work for some residents, so many of them don’t want to be there and I became evermore convinced that everyone should have the opportunity to remain in their own home and so I applied to Bluebird Care.
Initially a Care Assistant, I was promoted to Customer Supervisor. Shortly afterwards I was promoted again to Customer Services Manager which has been my proudest role to date. I love being a part of the Bluebird family and feel so happy to be making such a difference and keeping our Customers where they want to be – home!
After many years and various different roles within Retail I decided I needed a new challenge and a job that made me feel like I was making a difference. My career in care had started!
Initially a Carer, I could never have predicted how much I’d love supporting others. In time I was promoted to Field Care Supervisor and then eventually joined the team here at Bluebird Care as Care Coordinator and have never been happier!
My career in care began when my brother in law was in hospital on life support. We really thought we were going to lose him but amazingly he pulled through, was discharged and sent home where we started to care for him ourselves.
This was such a turning point for me and I changed career, starting out as a support worker whilst also looking after my brother in law and then a carer for around 5 years. I was promoted to Field Care Supervisor and then Care Coordinator. I’m fulfilled in what I do and I do it to the best of my ability.
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