Meet the team
Bluebird Care Norwich & North Norfolk is led by Don Gregor and Carole Gent. Don and Carole started delivering homecare in Norwich & North Norfolk to help support customers in the area to receive homecare and support while remaining in the comfort and familiarity of their own homes. Delivering the highest quality of homecare and support is Don and Carole’s absolute goal and the team would be delighted to hear from anyone who is seeking homecare for themselves or for a loved one, or would simply like to talk to someone about the services we provide.
Don Gregor & Carole Gent
Owners and Directors
Don and Carole opened Bluebird Care Norwich in 2010, having been driven by a desire to combine personal family experiences with their professional backgrounds in customer focused business management to create a quality home care service, which they would choose for their own loved ones.
Don originally served as an officer in the RAF for 16yrs whilst also achieving a vocational career as a Head Chef. As a D32/D33 assessor Don later supported young adults living with learning disabilities in the catering industry, before moving into hotel management within Relais Chateaux and AA Red Star hotels and progressing to the position of General Manager.
Carole’s career began as a Tax Officer with HMRC prior to taking to the skies to follow an airline career spanning 17yrs managing teams of cabin crew onboard long and short haul routes. Carole hung up her wings to join the hotel industry as a wedding and corporate events planner, later working for local council as a Town Hall Manager.
Don and Carole moved to Norfolk in 2010, having developed a strong affection for the county. They both enjoy walking their two adored dogs and Don is also a keen abstract and landscape artist.
Vicky has gained many years of experience within Health and Social Care, initially beginning her career as a Home Care Assistant in 2006, before becoming an Administrator in 2009. She then progressed to Moving & Handling Instructor, Medication Trainer/Officer and Recruitment Coordinator, before joining Bluebird Care in 2016 as our Recruitment & HR Manager.
Vicky's qualifications include NVQ Level 2, various Train The Trainer certificates, PTTLS (teaching) Level 4, prescription training and she also became a Dementia Coach in 2014 with the Norfolk and Suffolk Dementia Alliance. More recently she has successfully completed her Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management in Health & Social Care. Vicky has contiually progressed throughout her career journey with Bluebird Care, soon moving into to the role of Deputy Manager in 2017 and more recently achieving promotion once again in 2019, following a successful registration process with The Care Quality Commission to become our Registered Manager!
Vicky works closely with the Directors and holds overall responsibility for the leadership and management of the 'day to day' operation of the services we provide for our customers. In addition, Vicky is also responsible for the management, recruitment and training of our care and office teams.
Vicky is very much a ‘people person’ and is passionate about providing high quality care - she believes the experience she has gained from working as a Care Assistant has given her the insight required for recruiting and supporting a strong team of care assistants who safely and professionally deliver the services we provide for our customers.
Vicky is a keen charity supporter too, even facing her own fears by jumping out of a plane for charity and raising £750 for the Alzheimer's Association in the process!
Recruitment & Marketing Manager
As Recruitment and Marketing Manager Freya oversees the full recruitment and onboarding process for our new Care Assistants, Live-in Care Assistants and operational Support/Admin team members here in Norwich & North Norfolk.
In addition, Freya brings a wealth of experience to Bluebird Care from her professional background in marketing within the social care and technology sectors. Freya utilises her expertise in marketing to support the business to develop and expand our range of current and future services in line with the needs and requirements of our customers throughout the Norwich, Broadland & North Norfolk areas.
“I’m happiest when I’m able to combine my creativity with my passion for helping people. I feel value when I’m enabling our care team to grow in their careers and supporting our customers to receive the personalised quality care they deserve.”
Outside of work Freya loves to enjoy nature and on sunny days can be found exploring the countryside on her bike.
Freya is based primarily at our office in Rackheath, where she can be contacted via the main office number or via email: FreyaLincoln@bluebirdcare.co.uk
Sarah joined Bluebird Care as one of our very first care assistants, shortly after we opened our office here in Norfolk in 2010. We are very proud of Sarah, as she is now our longest serving employee within the Bluebird Care ‘family’ here in Norwich & North Norfolk and has contributed to the success, growth and progression of our service over the years.
Sarah is a respected and loyal member of the team, always dedicated to providing the highest quality of service and support for our customers and staff. Having carved an impressive and progressive career path over the past 10 years, Sarah always remains dedicated and committed to her customers and colleague's day to day. She has worked very hard to achieve a number of professional qualifications since joining Bluebird Care and successfully completed her Level 5 in leadership and management in the summer of 2019.
“I joined Bluebird Care in October 2010 and was among the first five care assistants employed by the company. I started off as a part time Care Assistant with no background in the industry and little idea of what to expect. With thorough training and support of the management team I soon found that it was not only rewarding, but also a role I enjoyed and wanted to build my career on with Bluebird Care.
During my time with Bluebird Care I completed my Level 2 and Level 3 diplomas in Health and Social Care becoming a full time supervisor in April 2013. I then moved to become the Care Co-ordinator later in the same year. Both roles offered different challenges and gave me a great sense of satisfaction. I went on to complete my Level 3 diploma in Business Administration and I have recently completed my Level 5 in Leadership and Management.
My current role of Lead Supervisor allows me the opportunity to support the Supervisor and Co-ordinator team as well as the Care Assistants and also work closely with our customers to build person centred care packages and ensure our customers are receiving good quality care".
Sarah began her career in care 20 years ago, initially starting out as a care assistant, working night shifts in a care home, then moving into domiciliary care in 2000. Having gained many qualifications and developing new skills along the way, Sarah is very proud to hold her A1 Assessor Award, her Level 4 diploma in Health and Social Care and she is currently completing her AET teaching qualification.
Sarah originally joined Bluebird Care (Norwich & North Norfolk) as Registered Manager back in 2011, during which time she supported the staff and the business in the early years, before taking a period of extended maternity leave following the birth of her third daughter. Sarah has continued to further develop her teaching and training skills in recent years - as whilst busy raising her 3 daughters she also fitted in teaching children in the education sector and studied to achieve her Level 2 in Understanding Autism and Level 3 in Supporting whilst Teaching In Schools!
We were delighted to welcome Sarah back to Bluebird Care in Summer 2019, when the opportunity arose for a new Training Officer to join the team. Sarah says she is very excited to be able to continue her training and teaching career in health and social care, and to be back with Bluebird Care (Norwich and North Norfolk)! Sarah now supports, trains and develops our care teams throughout their individual career journeys in her new role.
Janine's role is primarily to oversee and manage the scheduling of all the required care visits for our customers whilst matching our customers with our team of care assistants and also producing weekly rosters of both the daily visits and our 24hr Live-in Care service. The role requires a very level head and an organised and methodical approach, whilst also juggling the many unforseen challenges which present themsleves each day in a community based home care service.
Often Janine will also be the first point of contact when both staff and customers call the office.
On leaving school Janine trained as a car mechanic and gained a City and Guilds in Motor Vehicle Maintenance. She then went on to work for Lotus, a well-known local car company where she gained a BTEC diploma in Motor Vehicle Engineering.
Janine has worked in Health and Social Care since April 2003, and gained lots of training and experience with in roles such as Medication Champion, Health and Safety Officer, Company First Aider, Fire Marshall and Staff Advocate and feels that the knowledge and experience has strengthened her role as Care Coordinator for Bluebird Care (Norwich & North Norfolk)
Janine’s hobbies and interests include Travel and Culture, riding her pink and purple fluffy trike on long road trips through Spain and Portugal, Photography, Fishing, and History. In her spare time she is a Beaver Scout Leader and teaches 6-8 year old children so that they can have more fun outside than sitting inside watching TV!
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