Bluebird Care Dorset Celebrates Its 5th Anniversary

Bluebird Care Weymouth

Published at 8:11am 7th November 2016.

From humble beginnings with the opening of their first office on Lynch Lane in Weymouth in 2011, the business has grown and now includes a further 5 offices.

Local care at home provider, Bluebird Care Dorset, are celebrating their 5th anniversary this month.  From humble beginnings with the opening of their first office on Lynch Lane in Weymouth in 2011, the business has grown and now includes a further 5 offices in Dorchester, Bridport, Wareham, Ferndown and Christchurch with a further office due to open in Sturminster Newton in December.

Bluebird Care Dorset currently provide in the region of 10,000 care visits each month to over 300 customers across the county to support them in living independently at home.

Co-Director, Chris Scriven, said:

'We are very happy with how the last 5 years have gone as we have been successful in bringing quality care at home provision to vulnerable adults across the county and our expansion with the additional offices has made us more accessible to those in rural areas as well as the towns.'

Bluebird Care Dorset enjoyed a spate of success in both local and regional awards over the last 5 years.  Accolades include being finalists for three years in a row in the Care Innovators category of the Great South West Care Awards, winning in 2014, as well as having a further five finalists in four categories in this year's awards.

Co-Director, Joanne McMahon said:

'We are pleased that our determination to focus on quality and customer service has paid dividends.  Our approach in never cutting corners involves a lot of hard work on the part of our dedicated staff teams but we are glad to be able to see the rewards of this through the way in which the service has been able to develop.  Quality of care does matter and we always aim to distinguish ourselves in a positive way from other providers.'

Across the 5-year period, Bluebird Care Dorset has also taken a very active role in supporting the local community having channelled over £50,000 to date into causes supporting vulnerable adults.  As well as a range of individual sponsorship arrangements with local groups, a key initiative in this regard was the development of the Bluebird Care Community Grant scheme in Spring 2015.  This scheme, which awards a £250 grant to a different cause each month, has already benefitted over 15 groups across the county including Mid-Dorset Mencap, Dorchester Social Stroke Club and the Dorchester Carers Moving Forward group.

Chris Scriven added:

'While our care at home visits are the backbone of the work we do, we recognise that there are other groups out there providing invaluable services to vulnerable people and we aim to support them where we can.  Our remit is to help promote our customer's well-being and we can do that both through the provision of our own services and through supporting local groups with a similar remit.'

As an organisation intent on moving forwards, the next 5 years are expected to bring a range of further exciting advances with an Assistive Technology partnership being developed with a national provider that will allow further independent living products such as pendant alarms and falls detectors, to be included within Bluebird Care Dorset's range of services. A further partnership is also being developed with DOTS Disability, the social enterprise arm of the Access Dorset charity, to support Bluebird Care in providing access to daily living aids and adaptations to the home environment.

Joanne McMahon commented:

'We aim to assist people in living independently at home.  While our care visits are fundamental to this, we can still diversify our range of services to meet a greater range of independent living needs.  Our long term aim is to provide a full range of independent living services under one roof and be of greater service to our customers through being able to meet their needs in more holistic ways.'

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