Meet the team

Claire Evans

Franchise Owner

Welcome to Bluebird Care for Lancaster and South Lakeland!  I am delighted to be directing premium care services in my home area.
 

My Role

My job is to make sure we provide our customers with precisely the care they want, in the way they choose, offering the value-for-money they expect.  That means:

  • working with our customers and their families at a personal level to get things right
  • recruiting the best staff, with the right values and caring, "can-do" personalities 
  • investing in the training, skills and professional development of our staff, as well as offering terms and conditions commensurate with a high quality service.
  • developing effective and robust quality systems that guarantee reliability and consistency of service to customers, whatever unforeseen obstacles might get thrown in the way
  • always looking for ways we can innovate so as to continually improve on what we offer 

About Me

I started Bluebird Care Lancaster and South Lakeland in 2015, having always had a personal interest in care and caring, and in more recent years hands-on experience supporting close relatives with dementia. This drew me into volunteer work for Alzheimers Society, organising events such as Race2Remember and becoming a trained Dementia Friends Champion which is how I first came across the Bluebird Care brand. 
My professional background is in public policy and administration – my first career was as a diplomat, but I moved to the Lancaster in 2005 to raise our children and worked for Lancashire County Council in promoting transparent and accountable public services.  
I have been hugely inspired by the opportunity to develop my own care business as a member of Bluebird Care network, to bring together my passion for excellent care with my professional skills.
I am married with four children. I love living in the Morecambe Bay area, proud of its rich natural beauty and cultural heritage.   My hobbies include reading and sports - especially walking in the Bowland or Lakeland hills.  And as I move past the 50 mark, I find I am loving gardening too!
 

Uncompromising Dedication to Quality

Bluebird Care was established in 2004 by Paul and Lisa Tarsey who wanted to revolutionise how care at home services were provided, striving for the highest quality and valuing the role of the care worker.  They named the new business after Paul's boyhood hero Sir Donald Campbell and his famous "Bluebird" speed machines, as a tribute to Campbell's uncompromising and awe-inspiring dedication to achievement.  What an honour for me then that, not only am I part of a business network with such esteemable core values, but that the area I cover includes Campbell's very own Lake Coniston and houses full-sized replicas of the "Bluebirds" at Newby Bridge. 

Allison Freedman

Registered Care Manager

Allison's role is to lead and oversee a safe and effective care service, making sure we never compromise on our quality commitment to our customers and their loved ones.  She is totally committed to our development as an exceptional home care service, where the person we are caring for is always at the centre of our focus. Qualified to level 3 in Management, she is linked in to local and national best practice forums to make sure she's always up-to-date with fresh ideas and new developments in the sector. 

Allison has fulfilled a range of roles in both the public and private sector in her career, but it is care she loves most.  Making a positive difference to someone’s life, however small, is what makes her tick, so in addition to managing, Allison loves to get out into the field and deliver care herself.   She says she never wants to lose touch with what’s really important and that then motivates her to do the best she possibly can in managing the service.  "We've got a fantastic team of carers out there and I feel privileged to be leading them," she says.  "I can honestly say we've got a top class service."   
 
In her spare time, Allison has developed quite a taste for adventure and may be spotted out kayaking on the River Lune or cantering over the Lakeland fells.  In quieter moments, she treasures time spent with her children and grandchildren having fun.

Becky Barnard

South Lakeland Care Manager and Live-In Care Service Manager

Becky has lived in South Lakeland all her life, currently just outside Grange-over-Sands.  She’s worked in the care sector for 20 years, starting as a support worker and moving to her first care manager role in 2008 for a Cumbrian charitable trust, leading a large team of staff. Alongside her developing career, she has continued her education and is now qualified to level 4 in Health and Social Care, Becky has realised that her vocation is to care for others, focusing on high quality of care, and she loves what she does.  She joined us in December 2019 and says, "I am really excited about bringing Bluebird Care’s high quality to my home area of South Lakeland. We provide anything from 30 minute visits to full live-in care.  I love helping people to remain in the comfort of their own homes with our assistance and living so locally is a great bonus because I know the area really well and I’m close at hand to those we care for whenever new issues might arise.”

Paula Lievens

Customer Liaison

Paula has worked in Health Care for over 25 years in every role from carer through to owning her own agency in Australia. She started work here at Bluebird Care in 2018 and was very soon promoted to a management position. She is now our Customer Liaison . She is often a first point of contact for our customers when she meets them in their own homes to disuss their wishes and needs.. Paula is commited to creating care plans that are uniquely tailored to a person's individual situation. 

In her free time, Paula loves to travel to warmer climes. 

Rachel Turner

Supervisor

We welcomed Rachel back from maternity leave in July 2020.  Prior to becoming a mum, she'd rocketed through our ranks to become Coordinator, but decided on return to work that she wanted to manage her working time differently, so became a Supervisor.  You'll often see Rachel out caring for our customers, making sure their care plans are bang-up-to-date and working with them and their families to ensure all our staff deliver exactly what is wanted.

Rachel is also our Trainer in safe Moving and Handling practices.  

Jess Hyde

Coordinator

Jess is our coordinator. Her task as Coordinator is to provide you with the right carers at the right time, in the right place. In home care, that is no mean feat! There are so many different factors to consider, not least geography or ensuring continuous, quality cover.

"When I joined Bluebird Care I was made so welcome by the team. I share their passion for care, and I enjoy meeting the daily challenges that this work can present. Supporting our customers by providing the best possible care is our aim every single day".

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