A NEW care provider is taking off in Northumberland.
Businessman Wah Akram has opened a Bluebird Care (Northumberland South) branch to provide a range of services across the county.
Mr Akram says he decided to move into the care sector to make a real difference to people living in the community.
The branch is one of 180 offices throughout the UK and will offer care at home, with one or more visits a day to help people with everyday tasks, as well as overnight services and live-in care.
The business caters for a range of needs, including short-term respite and post-operative support services, and can provide personal care, shopping assistance, domestic or social visits.
Mr Akram will be supported by Care Manager Susan Fender, who has 25 years’ experience of the sector.
He said: “Here at Bluebird Care (Northumberland South) we pride ourselves on delivering a good old-fashioned service, where the customers’ needs are always first and foremost.
“By only recruiting carers and office staff who share the same ethos as Bluebird Care, and then providing excellent training and support, I believe we are building a team that will soon develop a reputation as the provider of choice in the area.”
He added: “I would like to think that I am making a difference in the Northumberland area and supporting the local community, both in employment and providing a high quality of care to all of my customers.”
The business works closely with Ingeus UK, which provides a range of employability programmes to help people find lasting work, and ID Training, which helps people develop skills and confidence.
Wansbeck MP Ian Lavery attended an opening party for the service in Annitsford, which saw carers presented with certificates for passing their induction training.