Jane & John Perry have been a part of the Bluebird Care team since they bought their first office in 2007 with the Edinburgh franchise. Jane, who is originally from Glasgow, then had the opportunity to purchase the Bluebird Care Glasgow South franchise in 2012 and jumped at the chance to replicate the quality, passion and success from the Edinburgh franchise across to her home City of Glasgow. Quality and passion are the two main themes that run through the businessess and this has been reflected in the awards and commendations from the various organisations and regulatory bodies within the care sector.
Annually inspected by the Care Inspectorate, they are extremely proud of the ratings over the past 7 years, achieving grades of 6's (Excellent) for the quality of the staffing,management and care and support.
10 years and counting, they are still as passionate about delivering a bespoke, quality service now, as they were then!
Both of them had never been involved in the care sector, prior to signing up with Bluebird Care - Jane was in an accountancy role and John had been in sales and management - and both decided it was time for change; Jane comments:
We wanted a sound business model whilst at the same time something that made a difference in peoples lives... Bluebird Care's model of 'a Good Old Fashioned service' fitted the bill perfectly
Bluebird Care Glasgow South have a great team of well trained, professional, commited staff, who all go that extra mile to make sure that they deliver the best Care at Home service possible. We hope you agree!
Jane Perry has owned the Bluebird Care Glasgow South franchise along with her husband John since 2012 and is still as passionate about delivering the best bespoke, quality care service now, as she was back then!
Jane knows her business inside and out and has done everything from caring, to co-ordinating. Through her main role as Company Director for both franchises, Jane oversees both the Edinburgh & Glasgow offices, ensuring that the interests and wellbeing of all of the customers and staff are met and that both businesses run smoothly and effectively.
Since coming into the care sector back in 2007, I have seen many, many changes, both positive and others not so. For us and the sector as whole, the biggest challenge is recruitment of quality staff, who share the same desire and hunger to deliver the type of care they would want for their families and loved ones. We all want a quality care service, with the best people possible for a fair price and that is what I feel we deliver day after day. We have a wonderfully diverse, dedicated team of well trained people, some of whom have been with us from the start of our care journey, all sharing the same drive and passion to deliver a care service that they are proud of. I take a huge amount of pride and satisfaction at what we have achieved so far in terms of the awards and accolades, but far from resting on our laurels, our aim is to continue to improve where we can, invest in innovation, attract the very best people possible and be the first name people think of when it comes to needing a quality care at home service for either themselves, or a loved one.
Bluebird Care Glasgow South Care Practitioners are the most important people in our business, after all it is they who deliver the care to you or your loved one at every visit. They change lives for the better, by making a positive difference each and ebery day.
All of our Care Practitioners are directly employed by us at Bluebird Care Glasgow South. We are responsible for all their professional training and development, holiday, sick pay and professional insurances.
Over and above our legal obligations to them, we recognise and value them through various additional benefits such as, Long Serving Staff awards, Employee of the Month awards, Birthday gifts and many more.
For us it's simple...'Happy Staff = Happy Customers.'
When I first moved to Scotland 5 years ago, I worked for a Recruitment company and this opened my eyes to the Care Sector. An opportunity arose at Bluebird Care as a Coordinator, which I applied for and was successful. I started with Bluebird Care in March 2011 and have not looked back since. I loved my role as a coordinator and in 2012 won Coordinator of the Year at the Scottish Care Awards. This was a very proud moment for myself.
I took a short break from the business to have my little girl, and have returned as the HR and Training Manager. This role is rewarding and enables me to do a job that I am passionate about. I get to work with all staff members in regards to their personal development and career with Bluebird Care, whilst being able to also work on projects such as Step Into Leadership and Lesson Plans/Observations. I enjoy developing new resources and delivering training and mentoring where possible. The other important role with job is supporting the management team and Directors with recruitment, changes within the business and absence management.
I started off my Career working in a lawyers when I left school but found this very boring. I then moved onto the Examinations Department within the National Board of Nursing and Midwifery for Scotland which I found very interesting when meeting with all the Health Care staff who put together the exam papers. I wanted to travel so worked in Australia for a year. When I returned I wanted to move into nursing and worked as an auxiliary for a couple of years. I was then offered a position to help run and build up a cleaning business which I jumped at as this was the challenge I was looking for.
After 20 years we had built this to a National Company employing more than 1000 staff and ended up as Director of Finance and Administration. I found there was no longer a challenge for me then decided to set up my own cleaning business, this quickly turned into more of a care role as I ended up helping the older Customers with personal care as well as their cleaning. I enjoyed helping others less fortunate and able than myself and went to work with the disabled as a support worker – empowering them to improve and enjoy life, while doing this I worked as a Supervisor for a Care at home company which I also found I had so much job satisfaction from helping others.
It was after this I moved to Bluebird Care in 2011 . I have had varied roles within the company enjoying each of them. I left my full time job to become a Mum in 2013 but did not want to stop working with Bluebird Care so I returned part time in their accounts department and love my job and the company I work with. I love a challenge and making improvements where I can but the best part of working for Bluebird Care is when you think you have had a bad day then you speak to one of our Customers who are so thankful for the little things in life that our Carers do for them – this makes any bad day simply fade away.
There is nothing more enjoyable than having job satisfaction knowing you made a difference to someone’s life sometimes by simply having a chat with them.
I have been involved within the recruitment industry for over 30 years at various levels throughout my career, being REC accredited and part CIPD qualified.
I truly understand the importance of listening, engaging and delivering for prospective candidates, having latterly worked for a large health organisation managing a large area, ensuring medication reached vulnerable people in the community.
This enthused me to move into a care role that would utilise my skills and add value to the Bluebird Care family ethos; the feeling I get when providing a dedicated and caring individual from initial contact through to first day induction …. Is “Brill”
My career background initially was always secretarial. When my children were small I wanted something that would give me to flexibility to enable me to work from home, so I started a small ironing business with a few clients. As my children moved onto High school I felt the time was right to re-evaluate my career and see what my next challenge would be!
Around about the same time, my mother had been receiving care at home and I was taken with the way the carers dealt with and interacted (or not) with her and the whole thing struck a chord with me. The whole concept of looking after others, less fortunate than myself, in the comfort of their own home really appealed to me so I did some research on the sector. Upon reading, it made me want to make this my new profession as I felt I would be good fit for any good organisation willing to take a chance on someone who never did this type of thing before, but someone who had a good heart and was keen to learn.
I applied to Bluebird Care Edinburgh, as I’d heard great things about them, was interviewed and offered a role which I readily accepted. I really enjoyed the initial week induction training and felt I was ready to start my new career as a Care Assistant.Being a Carer really made me feel that I was making a difference, I loved going into my Customers houses and making a difference to their daily lives.It made me realise that even the little things meant such a lot to them. My role gave me such a feeling of job satisfaction that I have made a difference to people lives.
I have been with Bluebird Care for 5 years now and have really enjoyed it all. I am very keen to progress my career and when a position became available working as the Recruitment Resourcer, I jumped at the chance to further enhance my care sector experience. I loved seeing how the new staff progressed, from my initial contact through to the delivery of care and some of the wonderful comments from both colleagues and customers alike.
I have a passion for learning and developing people within the workforce and overall care sector and I am proud to say that my new role as People Development & Engagement Officer has re-invigorated me and I am thoroughly enjoying this new role within Bluebird Care as I still feel that I can make a difference, but just in a different area.
I joined the Bluebird Team in November 2019 to provide business support on a temporary basis. I have an HNC in Office Administration and have spent all of my working life in various admin/PA roles. Prior to joining Bluebird Care, I worked for 12 years at The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland, providing admin and PA support to the Director of Research. Prior to that I worked for 4 years at The University of Edinburgh as admin support for The undergraduate medical degree.
Originally from Fife, I moved to Edinburgh in 2002 after realising a long held ambition to travel the world for 18 months, including Hong Kong, Bangkok, New Zealand and Australia. This was by far the best 18 months of my life, and something that will stay with me for the rest of my life. Before moving to Edinburgh, I was a Special Constable with Fife Constabulary for some years, which then led to working with young offenders, something that, like my travelling, was a life-changing experience and gave me invaluable life lessons.
I am Mummy to William, a wild 5 year old, who keeps me on my toes!
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I have worked in the care sector since leaving school at 16 whilst taking sometime out to look after my 3 children. Since moving from Ayrshire to Stirling 15 years ago I worked as a care assistant in a care home whilst there I gained my SVQ level 2 and 3 in health and social care and gained promotion to nursing assistant in the 11 years I was there. I then moved company’s to another care home were I was there for 3 ½ years before joining Bluebird Care. In my time there I was a senior care assistant caring for the elderly with advanced dementia and was dementia champion for the care home. I also took part in the quality forum carrying out audits to improve the care for the people we were caring for. I also gained my PDA in health and social care whilst there. I decided recently that I was in a position to further my career and look for new challenges now my kids were older. After a lot of research I decided to apply for Bluebird Care as I was impressed with their reputation, care inspectorate grades and the services they provided to customers.
"Since Joining the team I know I made the right decision and I am honoured to be part of the team."
I first became involved in the Care sector11 years ago when I started looking after my Grandfather. After he passed away I felt I had the passion, desire and qualities to become a compassionate carer for other people less fortunate than myself.
I started work with Bluebird Care Edinburgh in December 2012 as a care worker up until August 2013, when I took on the role as On-Call Coordinator. In October 2014 the role of Supervisor became available I was fortunate and delighted to say I was offered the role. After being in the Supervisor role and assisting with the coordinating when needed, I was offered the Coordinators role on a permanent basis. I am now one of 2 Co-ordinators working in the office; due to the level of work involved, it was decided that the areas would be split between us and I am now responsible for the North and East of Edinburgh. In addition, I am currently looking after our Glasgow South' customers until we appoint a new co-ordinator to fill the post permanently.
In terms of my personal qualifications, have completed my SVQ4 in Health and Social Care and achieved the James Watt Level 2 Dementia certificate. I have also completed my Train the Trainer for Moving & Handling and Medicationan the Bluebird Care Coordinator Training Courses.
All the above courses I have been able to achieve through working with Bluebird Care.
I enjoy the daily challenges that the Co-ordinating role brings.
I have had various roles throughout my career, I previously worked within the care industry as a carer when my two daughters were very young. I left this role to move from a small town in the Scottish borders to Edinburgh where I took on a job in the courier industry.
I initially spent 5 years with the first company and then moved to my previous role where I spent the next 10. I loved logistics as it was like solving a puzzle; getting items from A to B without delay. Daily dealings with customers, government agencies and various logistic providers has given me the transferable communication skills to deal at ease with a range of people confidently.
I took on numerous roles within that company during my time there, I found the most interesting and best suited to me was working with accounts.
I want to continue and further my career in accounts and feel my new role as Accounts Assistant at Bluebird Care will help develop my existing skillset and challenge me.
Hi I'm Valerie,
I graduated in 2015, achieving a 2:1 Business with Tourism degree from the Northumbria University Business School. I spent two months in Hong Kong working at a PR and advertising firm during my second year summer holidays, and I also achieved a First in the Undergraduate Consultancy Project which focused on marketing for the National Dyspraxia Foundation.
I moved to Edinburgh in 2016 and got married in 2018. Moving to Edinburgh was the official start of my career and dare I say the start of “adulting”. My first role was working in the travel industry and supporting the city breaks team, here I established my business support experience and copywriting for both physical and digital. Though my interests are within travel, I felt I needed to broaden my horizon and move on to develop my skills elsewhere. After this, I worked at a wine merchants as Sales Support, here I was learning a completely new product and supporting sales teams on the field and in the office. Although an exciting role to have, I felt a great desire to give back to the community which is completely different to my past leisure and hospitality industry experience.
The perfect timing arrived when I came across the job advert for a Business Support at Bluebird Care. I am very grateful to have started this role especially in the Covid-19 pandemic, to help and support Bluebird Care in these times and see my colleagues work so hard is inspiring. I am learning more about the care industry and I am grateful for the opportunity to put my social media and copywriting skills to the test too!
My name is Robbie and I am a sprightly 11 year old cross labrador / deerhound.
I have been installed as the 'Chief Happiness Officer within Bluebird Care Glasgow South;
Not really sure about my role within the business, but it seems that everyone is pleased to see me, which make me very happy!
I get spoiled to bits by the staff, taken for nice walks, get extremely well fed (including the odd sneaky snack), get well petted, the odd scratch behind my floppy ears and sleep for as long as I want.
This has to be the best job ever!