accountant launches care franchise in Merseyside
A newly launched care
company will provide elderly people and children with a range of
services. SureCare Merseyside has been set up by former
accountant Keith Hume.
The company, which has its office in Waterloo, will initially
provide clients with a comprehensive range of home, companion and
childcare services across Liverpool and Sefton.
Home services include making beds and changing linen, laundry and
ironing, shopping, preparing meals and washing up. Companionship can
include assistance attending hospital appointments, collection of
pension and benefits, board games and walks.
Childcare includes babysitting, nanny and au pair services along
with mobile crèche facilities at weddings and other events.
In due course, the business will be able to offer regulated care
services including personal care, live in care and wider childcare
including nurseries and holiday clubs. These services are regulated
by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and Office for Standards in
Keith, 52, decided to launch the SureCare franchise after carrying
out research which revealed that there was a gap in Merseyside for a
high quality, innovative care provider.
Chartered management accountant Keith was able to make the
investment in the franchise after taking redundancy following more
than 25 years working in management roles in the manufacturing
Keith is in the process of recruiting a registered care manager,
carers, care coordinators, home assistants and childcare
practitioners with the aim of having a team of up to 20 full and
part-time staff in place by early next year.
Keith said:- "I was impressed by SureCare's approach to
developing and delivering care and home services. The company
recognises that people's requirements are changing all the time and
that there is a need to provide a comprehensive range of services to
meet those needs throughout life's journey.
While many elderly people will need extensive care in order to
maintain independence in their own home, others may simply need help
mowing the grass, putting up a curtain rail or doing the ironing.
Similarly, our childcare services are intended to meet the needs of
parents' employment and social lifestyle choices. Our team will have
the experience and flexibility to be able to tailor our services
specifically to the needs of the individual client."
SureCare operates 28 franchises and three branches across the UK
with its head office in Chester. Managing Director Gary Farrer is an
experienced care entrepreneur having previously owned the
Lancashire-based integrated care provider Safehands Group which,
together with his wife Stephanie, he built into a £5.5million
turnover business before selling at the end of 2011.
A UK First –
Merseyside's Revolutionary New Learning and Community Hub opens its
THE Bracknell Centre is an
innovative, fully accessible, integrated community and education
facility for young adults with learning difficulties and the local
community based in Kirkby. It is deemed to be the first of its kind
in the country incorporating social enterprises, education and
community services to ensure sustainability. The aim of the centre
is to provide a facility promoting inclusion and integration between
disabled and non-disabled individuals and help break down some of
the barriers that young people with impairments face in our society.
The centre is home to Activate, a registered Charity delivering
ground breaking educational services for children and young people
across the North West. Activate moved into the Bracknell Centre in
October 2013 and secured funding from the Social Investment Business
group in excess of £300,000 and £25,000 from Veolia Environmental
Trust to renovate the building and provide opportunities for young
people who would otherwise be disadvantaged in terms of developing
their learning and employment prospects.
As part of this refurbishment, a specialist high needs area has been
developed ensuring young people with complex needs have a facility
that they can access in order to continue their education and
development after leaving school at 19.
Activate also offers personalised programmes for 16 to 25 year olds
with learning difficulties and disabilities who want to further
their skills and experience and live independently in their local
community. Students are offered a range of opportunities such as
vocational skills, volunteering / work experience, life skills and
participation in community projects through learning programmes that
are tailored to individual needs. As part of this offer, there are a
number of vocational areas onsite such as an animal care centre,
horticulture base and community café run by students for themselves
and the wider community.
The Grand Opening takes place on 9 October 2014 to celebrate all the
hard work that has gone into transforming the Bracknell Centre into
a state of the art provider working for and with the help of local
young adults in Knowsley.
If you are interested in attending the event or would like more
information please contact Caitlyn DeHoust on:- 0151 545 1279 or email:-
Date:- Thursday, 9 October, 2014
Time:- 10am to 12pm
Location:- The Bracknell Centre, Bracknell Avenue, Southdene, Kirkby,
10am to 10:50am Brief speeches by various professionals
within the education community.
10:50am to 11:10am Presentation by students.
11:10am to 11:20am Official Opening by the Mayor of Knowsley (ribbon
11:20am to 12pm Tour of facility, visit students in sessions,