Our CAREGivers are at the heart of home instead and we couldn't do what we do without them. Every single member of the team are super stars, constantly working to our values and always going above and beyond what is expected of them. We are thankful to have each and every one working alongside us to ensure that only the most 'outstanding' care is provided to our clients
Jason Warren - Director
As a young newly married father of one, I needed a
reliable, flexible job that I could work around my childcare commitments and literally stumbled into the world of care. My first role was as a support worker, helping young adults with Learning Difficulties.
It was as tough role, as I had never done anything like this before, particularly supporting someone who has complex needs, however I was hooked by the fact that I was
helping them enjoy life, in my own small way.
That was over twenty years ago, and in that time my career progressed. I have worked in residential, mental health, elderly and home care and have honestly seen the good, the bad and the ugly of the care industry. My final role was as Operations Director with a large national organisation. However I felt that something was missing, and I realised that I hankered after the hands on, close, personal touch of working directly with clients, seeing the immediate impact that my actions could have on a persons quality of life. Finding Home Instead Senior Care was like finding a needle in a haystack.
Our approach to caring for someone in their own home is so refreshingly different, where peoples wishes and desires are at the heart of their care and where we
genuinely support clients as if they were our own family is fantastic.
We are not the largest provider in the area by any means, and quite frankly I don't want us to be, as being able to keep our service personal, and special for each individual client, and providing a rewarding fulfilling job for each of our team
members, enables us to maintain our high quality standards and be the best
provider in our area, and that is much more important to me.
Jenny Warren - Director
Having worked for many years in marketing and sales for a number of businesses, from large organisations such as
Kellogg’s and Nestle to a small local school, I always felt that something was missing. After having my children I realised that we can make such a big difference to peoples lives', often by making small simple gestures, such as a smile or an act of
kindness, that I wanted to do something that genuinely made a lasting difference. While trying to figure out what I wanted to do, Jason introduced me to Home Instead Senior Care, and I have not looked back since.
I am so proud of the fact that we make a difference each and every day, not only to our clients, but also to their families, friends and neighbours. It is a real privilege for us to be invited into someone's home, to help care and support them, sometimes during very stressful periods of time, and to make their lives better, in whatever small way that we can.
Our CAREGivers are the most amazing group of people, that constantly
surprise me with their ability to put others first, often before their own
families and other commitments.
Louise Downing - Registered Manager
Currently on Maternity Leave due to return 2020
Bright Gurupira - General Manager
I joined Home Instead as General Manager in September 2019, having over 15 years’ of experience in Management and Operational roles within the private sector. I have worked in various positions within different areas of social care, with a continual focus of always learning and always progressing. I have a great passion for developing teams and bringing people along with me. My career thus far has been very rewarding and always knowing that you have done your very best to ensure good health, happiness, wellbeing and safety for everyone has been incredibly satisfying. I was attracted to Home Instead by their values and their very clear ambitious spirit and having joined I know that I will be part of a fantastic team whose vision continues to be “the best that we possibly can be whilst delivering quality and consistent care”. My role at our branch will be to continually tether the business to its purpose and working with local communities to enable people to live more fulfilling lives through our support and companionship. I care deeply about helping people to live better lives and look forward to a fantastic journey ahead.
Laura Mitchell - Head of Finance and Business Administration
Before I joined Home Instead I was working in the Hospitality trade but felt I wasn’t satisfied and wanted a change. I enrolled with Shropshire County Training to do an apprenticeship in Business and Administration, and soon came across the advert for Home Instead.
I had always thought about beginning a career within the Care sector, especially as I spent a lot of time with my Grandparents who have both been diagnosed with dementia. So when I met Jenny I was greatly impressed with the Home Instead approach to care, I was sold!
I started as the office admin apprentice, and quickly worked my way up to the Finance Assistant position which is responsible for all aspects of payroll and invoicing
Kerry Ferguson - Head Of Client Experience
Kerry's role is key to the success of providing consistent, high quality care at home to our clients, in Telford, Newport, Bridgnorth, Market Drayton and surrounding areas, and a rewarding fulfilling care job to our CAREGivers.
Having worked in the care sector for many years Kerry was looking for an office based role that would help her achieve the work life balance she was looking for.
Kerry is responsible for the overall client experience
Katey Griffiths - Head of Care
For many years I worked in hospitality however after a break from employment due to the birth of my two children, Daniella and Dylan and the passing of my dad I decided to switch up careers and become a carer. With my previous company I was able to progress to a Senior Carer before becoming a full time Trainer, focusing on supporting those new to care with the Care Certificate and Moving and handling practices as someone once did with me. In December 2018 I was made redundant however luck was on my side as I came across Home Instead later on that month and joined the team as a Field Support Officer. Due to continuous business growth I quickly made my way to become Head of Care in August 2018, working alongside Leila to ensure the great service we provide is maintained for all our clients. I really enjoy working with my Home Instead family and take pride in knowing we make a difference in the best way possible.
Leila Martin - Client Field Support Officer
Shortly after finishing college I started working in care as a Support worker/Healthcare assistant and over the years I have spent some time working in various care sectors including; hospitals, mental health, learning disability and dementia. Working in these different sectors has given me a wide and varied set of skills and knowledge that has helped me excel and move forwards in my approach to providing and understanding personalized care and companionship. My current qualifications include an NVQ Diploma level 3 in Health and social care, End of Life care and Dementia Care. After taking some time out of care for a little while I felt like I had lost my sense of purpose and really missed the rewards that working in care has to offer, but I wanted to find somewhere that matched the values I thought were important. After doing some research I found Home Instead and straight away I could see that their mission and Values were exactly what I was hoping to find. I am excited to now be part of the team and look forward to my future here.
Charmaine Jackson - Care Coordinator
I started in the care industry working part time around my children doing evenings and weekends as a community carer. It didn’t take too long for me to realise that I loved the work and loved helping people so as soon as I had finished my probation, I started working towards my first NVQ in Health and Social care. Once this was completed I went on to do my level 3, and continued from there to work towards other qualifications, including, Dementia care, End of life care, Safe Handling of medication, Team leading and Train the Trainer in moving and handling. I worked for a small, family run, Domiciliary Care company but soon worked my way up to Care Co-ordinator which is what I will be continuing to do at Home Instead Senior Care. I feel very lucky to wake up every morning loving the job that I do.
Hayley Hatch- CAREGiver Training and Development Lead
In 2006 I entered the Care Sector as a Domiciliary Care Assistant, within 6 months I had completed by NVQ level 2, and had become one of the Moving and Handling Trainers by completing the train the trainer course with SPIC and remained as a live trainer until January 2017. I was promoted to Senior Carer and nominated for the first SPIC Care Awards as “Learner of the Year” I am immensely proud to say that I won and was presented the first ever learner of the year trophy, and it has pride of place in my cabinet at home. I moved onto learning disabilities and became a live-in support worker assisting and encouraging independent living in the community. I spent a short time at Royal Shrewsbury Hospital working on the wards but struggled working through the night so looked to get back into Domiciliary.
I started with a different company as a Senior Carer in 2011. I completed my NVQ Level 3, and within a few months had been promoted to Deputy Care Manager. Whilst in this role I completed, and passed with distinction my QCF Level 5 in Advanced Management for health and social care, it was a 2-year process and the qualification is the highest I have ever achieved and I am still very proud of it.
I decided to become a Community Carer after I got married to get back “into the field” for a while. I then decided that my wide and varied knowledge and skills needed to be put to better use, so in February 2017, I applied to Home Instead Senior Care and I became a Care Co-Ordinator dealing with all Clients and CAREGivers. In November 2017, I had the opportunity to progress into Mentoring and Training, which is both a passion and strength. I support new CAREGivers from Day one of their Orientation Training until they have completed their induction with us. This is a fantastic role in which, i am able to support and witness our amazing CAREGivers knowledge and confidence grow in supporting our wonderful clients. I really enjoy the challenges to strive and continue to improve on our already outstanding Training programme.
I am a strong believer in leading by example and treating others as you would wish to be treated yourself. After all, we will all be old one day and may need assistance
Amy Wynn - Recruitment Lead
I’ve been in recruitment since 2013. My recruitment journey started within the training sector as a Recruitment and Placements Coordinator for PM Training. After being made redundant I made my move into the Care sector as a Recruitment Consultant for Medacs Healthcare, an agency who provide staff to the NHS. Moving onto Internal Recruitment for Allied Healthcare which I quickly realised is what I enjoyed. Although, the role at Allied didn’t have enough candidate interaction for me, I’m a people person and love getting to know someone I’m working with and being able to build lasting relationships with those people.
So, after having my twin boys in April 2017 I decided a fresh start, a job with more candidate interaction was needed, when I found Home Instead. I immediately loved what the company was about, their values and the interaction they had with all of their staff.
Becca Ball - Recruitment & Engagement Support
After finishing my A-Levels in psychology, law and history in 2015 I knew that I wasn’t yet ready for university. So while my friends were busy cramming all of their things into suitcases, I decided to apply for an apprenticeship here at Home Instead. This way I could gain experience in a working environment and also a qualification in Business Administration at the same time. Having been here for a few years now I have progressed to the role of a Recruitment and Engagement Support Officer and I can definitely say that the decision to join the company was the right one as I have been able to develop existing abilities and learn new skills necessary to succeed in the world of work.
I supports Amy in managing initial enquiries from CAREGivers, am responsible for the HR process and constant engagement with the team
Sue East - Community Engagement Lead
I have worked in the care field since 2007 assisting people with varying needs and helping them stay in their own home for as long as possible. Over my years of work in this sector, I have worked with various other agencies that also assist people with their health and social care needs and therefore have a vast amount of contacts for services with knowledge about what interventions they are able to offer individuals. I had heard about the excellent service Home Instead Senior Care offered through previous job roles and when the opportunity to become part of such a highly rated service arose, I decided to pursue it.
I have achieved qualifications in Principles of Dementia Care, Doing What Works in Dementia and an NVQ Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care and I plan to utilise these skills that I have learnt within this job role – ensuring that I build relationships within the community with those who will recognise the values and adapt to the needs of those with health and social care needs.
Demelza Edwards - CAREGiver Field Support Officer
I started working within the care sector almost 20 years ago, working in a variety of care settings, including nursing, mental health, learning disabilities, acquired brain injury, end of life and dementia care. I have earned many qualifications over my career and I am especially proud to have been nominated for LD carer of the year in 2009. I worked my way up to Manager level, but I missed providing 1-1 care and making a positive change to people’s lives so decided to come back into care as a caregiver. I hope to bring my knowledge and experience to my role as Field Support Officer. I am blessed to have been given the chance to work alongside a care company with real family values, I am excited for my future with this outstanding company