Meet the team
Director, Andrea Hampshire

Andrea Hampshire

Owner, Managing Director

Hello, I am Andrea Hampshire the proud owner of Homeinstead Senior Care, Godalming territory.

I have worked more than 20 years for different multinational FMCG companies  before I decided that I would run my own business. I wanted to do something more meaningful and satisfying in the rest of my life.

What could be better than supporting the elderly in my local community and also to become one of the best employers of Waverley.

We aim high and we deliver.

I am aiming to create 50 new, local care jobs across Godalming, Haslemere, Cranleigh, Pulborough, Billinghurst, Petworth and surrounding areas, by this time next year.

My journey of caring for older people began at age 13. By chance, I met a lady who was standing outside her rather imposing looking care home. She told me that nobody ever went to see her, so I started to make regular visits and she loved my company, we talked for hours. But what was also special, that I enjoyed the experience just as much as she did. Ever since then I’ve had lots of valued friendships with older people, we all have so much to learn from each other.

I`ve never forgotten how uninviting that care home looked. Negative stories about the care industry have always stuck with me as well, so I decided I wanted to take a fresh approach and do things differently. It’s an absolute privilege to be making it my own business to care for our older generation.

If you or your family member need quality care to remain independent at home, I would love to find you a companion who can assist you with your needs and help you live the life you want.

Please do get in touch!

Care Manager, Gillian Tootill

Gillian Tootill

Hi I’m Gill and I’m Registered Care Manager at Home Instead Godalming.  I previously worked for another local Home Instead office for 6 years and was very pleased to join the new Godalming office this year.  I manage the day-to-day operation of the business and report to our Director Andrea, and work closely with our amazing team of CAREGivers and our office team, so we have everything in place to deliver the Best care to our wonderful clients. 

 

My job is varied and interesting, I can honestly say that in 6 years with Home Instead no two days have ever been the same!  I’m constantly learning and for me the personal rewards are huge; I tailor care to suit each individual client so they can continue to stay living safely and happily in their own homes.  It’s a great feeling to know you’re making a difference to people’s lives. 

 

As Registered Manager it’s my responsibility to monitor quality and to ensure we comply with current policies and procedures and all staff understand the agreed ways of working.  The Home Instead National Office provide us with a wealth of information so we can keep up-to-date and I work closely alongside both them and the Care Quality Commission, our governing body.  I’ve recently completed my Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and am a qualified trainer at Home Instead.

 

I’ve worked in the community for the past 16 years and enjoy getting out and about to meet people, whether they are clients, CAREGivers or people we can work in partnership with.  I’m originally from London and enjoy keeping fit, reading, swimming, cooking and gardening.  I like learning new skills so have just signed up for both ukulele and cookery classes!

Recruiter, Gail Grace

Gail Grace

I am delighted to be a part of the Home Instead Senior Care team in Godalming as a Recruiter.  I have many years’ experience of recruiting in London for a variety of companies.  I am keen to use my experience to help my colleagues build a strong CAREGiving team in order to fulfil the growing need for quality CAREGiving - helping the older generation maintain their quality of life and independence for as long as possible in the home. 

I have a huge personal  respect for our CAREGivers and it is really important to us all at Home Instead that our wonderful CAREGivers feel supported and valued. 

Through my previous roles at AGE UK Waverley in Cranleigh, Citizens Advice Bureau and Driving Miss Daisy I have found a real love of the older generation and  from there I decided I wanted to help more directly by training and working as a CAREGiver with Home Instead in my local community.

My own personal experiences with my aging parents  enabled me to understand just how important it is to spend precious time with loved ones. I have gained valuable experience of looking after people living with onset dementia and I had the touching privilege of staying with a client through her various life transitions over a period of time.

CAREGiver pouring sugar onto scales as elderly lady laughs
CAREGiver looking at a cook book with elderly lady