Nicola comes to the Care profession having worked as a Solicitor for over 20 years. In her role as a Solicitor she was able to see at first hand how the lives of people could be enhanced significantly with the right care provision being made and just as importantly how the wrong care could hold people back.
With Bluebird Care Dudley, Wyre Forest and Malvern Hills, she is able to put into practice what she has seen in her career as a Solicitor. Her time in the law also means that she has experience of running a business and a team of people, to ensure that everyone is working together to achieve the goal of providing excellent care.
As well as years of experience as a solicitor he is quite tall, which can be useful in the office. He is also not afraid of spiders and he is therefore able to fulfil a vital office role; that of being able to go into the cupboard and to get unwanted spiders from the office. He can also handle a Daddy Long-Legs at the right time of the year.
Adrian can also make tea and coffee.
Every office should have one.
Grace joined the company in August of 2021 after spending the past year travelling around Australia. She brings to the company marketing experience, new ideas, enthusiasm, and a lovely Scottish accent.
Grace will be keeping you up-to-date on everything that is going on at Bluebird Care Dudley, Wyre Forest and Malvern hills across our various social media channels, making sure that you do not miss a thing.
She is also here to help the senior spider wrangler, Adrian, in his duties as she has had a lot of experience with creepy crawlies in Australia.
Outside of work, Grace loves going to the gym and listening to 80s music. If you see her out and about, snapping pictures of our care assistants and singing some Whitney, make sure to stop and say hello.
Katie first joined the team in December 2019 and demonstrated very quickly that she was a very dependable team member, showing real dedication and hard work in the field. Earlier this year therefore, when the business was expanding and looking for a Care Co-ordinator, Katie was one of a number of very strong candidates for the role.
She has settled into the office very well, despite the unususal circumstances that we face at the moment, but her enthusiasm and ability to pick up new things quickly more than make up for the comedy error of having posted a letter from the office, back to the office and so while it was the loss of the customers that she had been visiting, it was very much our gain in the office, when Katie joined the office team.
Adrian Witt, Director and Spider Wrangler, said "It is great having Katie in the office, although I was not prepared for the frequent demands on the stationery budget, but these have been a small price to pay for the benefit of having Katie with us in the office."
Sophie has been with the company since 2018 and in that time she has consistently demonstrated a real aptitude for the different roles that she has undertaken.
We were lucky to prize Sophie away from a possible life as an academic, as there are not many people in the company with a First Class degree.
Her current role is that of Care Supervisor, but she has done a number of roles within the company in her time. She is irrepressably cheerful and is always a welcome and calming presence in the office - we are indeed lucky to have her in the company.
Gemma started off by doing voluntary work caring for people before moving into this as a career. She then began working as a care assistant and her great work ethic and dedication to customers has helped her work her way up to care supervisor.
In her spare time, she enjoys travelling around the country with her parents in their caravan and also spending time with her 1-year-old pug, Percy!
Rachel has a lot of experience of working in the care sector, having done so for 25 years.
During that time, she has seen many different aspects and areas of healthcare from dentistry to A&E, but it is in care in the home where her heart really lies. Once going into homecare, Rachel quickly progressed to the role of Registered Manager and she has done that for about 12 years. Her real passion within home care is live in care. The opportunity to allow people to stay in their own homes, even though their care needs are such that they need carer with them all of the time, is really the pinnacle as far as Rachel is concerned.
She says "There is nothing better than being able to keep someone safe and happy in their own home, surrounded by their own things, and to live as independently as possible, being able to make their own choices and own decisions.
This support also extends to family who do not have to worry about their loved ones, as they know they are safe."
Outside of work, Rachel, like the rest of the office, is a cat lover and she and her husband help to foster and rehome cats. Rachel is also keen on music, with 90's indie being her favourite. Can't fault her for that, so, if you wonder(wall)ing about the possibilities for live in care, don't look back in anger, but instead speak to our very own supersonic, rock and roll star Rachel. (See what I did there?)
Kira was born at Dudley Zoo in September 2019 and joined the team in the summer of 2020.
Given the low ceilings in the office, Kira prefers to stay at the zoo, with her mum and dad, but is happy to welcome customers, staff and their families to the zoo when they come to pay her a visit. We are corporate sponsors of Kira at the zoo and so staff and their families have access to the company ticket whenever they want.
Kira fulfils the vital role in the team of being the official Bluebird Care Dudley giraffe. She has also taken over as the tallest member of the team.