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Gosport

Communications House 1 Quay Lane Hardway Gosport PO12 4LJ

02393 233 922
Kat Thomas
Director

After working overseas and seeing first hand the health care that was provided, when I moved back to the UK I had a drive to work in the health care industry and ensure that people were receiving the best care possible. Prior to starting with Bluebird care I worked in the Ambulance service, so saw the industry from a bigger perspective.

I joined Bluebird Care in 2011 as the Care Coordinator and progressed through the ranks to Care Manager. This drove my passion for top quality care delivery and enabled me to see the different roles within the team.  As the Director and owner of Bluebird Care Gosport, I firmly believe that what Bluebird Care stands for is exactly the type of quality care provision that I want to be associated with.

I judge myself daily by whether the service we provide would be good enough for one of my own family members.  I believe that a healthy and fulfilled lifestyle does not stop at the front door and I am passionate about enriching the community as a whole. We have a fantastic team of compassionate and caring staff who are dedicated to delivering the best care and support.

Stuart McIndoe
Finance Director

As Finance Director, my role is to manage all of the business’ finances and be the point of contact for all staff and customers alike for any queries they may have.  I see the financial side of any business as being fundamental to its positive operation and so like to make sure that all is in order and running efficiently and effectively.  I have worked with Bluebird Care since 2016 and really love working with our lovely customers and the whole team who do such a fantastic job every day!

Katy Wood
Deputy Manager

I have always enjoyed working with people and after a volunteering trip in Africa, I returned knowing I wanted to work in the care sector. I have been working in independent living since 2016 as a support worker, coordinator and joined Bluebird Care Gosport as Customer Supervisor. I was in the role for a year and enjoyed spending my working day supporting the customers in whichever way that suited them whether it be collecting essentials for them or going over for a cuppa and a chat. With my new role as Deputy Manager, I can support the supervisors to enrich the lives of the customers within the business as well as ensuring that we are an employer of choice for the care assistants that work for us. I truly believe that a happy team is more productive and provide the best care and I look forward to keeping the morale within the team up and our mission statement followed.

Shirley Jones
Care Manager

Having worked for corporate companies I was slightly upset to find myself redundant at the age of 50. Children had grown up and had children of their own. They didn’t need me so who did? I joined the Health and Social Care sector in 2012. My career journey started with another Bluebird Care franchise as a care assistant. Throughout the next 9 years my journey took me through various positions; care assistant, supervisor, live in carer, trainer, recruiter, deputy manager and then finally Registered Manager, culminating in the role as Registered Manager of both Bluebird Care Gosport and Bluebird Care Worthing. Why did I choose care you might ask? I wanted a change of career but I wanted a career with purpose. I was inspired to follow this path mainly due to observing care assistants care for my father-in -law. I just thought – I would like to care for people in their own homes, especially if they live alone. However as I have learnt, there is so much more to the role as a care assistant! There is a career in care! Throughout the past 9 years I have trained and studied, learnt from my peers and colleagues, laughed and cried. Every day brings new challenges but also rewards. We work as a team and we deliver an outstanding service, ensuring that our customers can remain in their own homes. My only regret – I wish that I had chosen this career many years ago!

Bruce Sielaff
Care Coordinator

After years of working in retail management and events management I decided that I wanted a change.  Care appealed to me as it seemed meaningful and rewarding, and I began working for a care company in the United States in 2015.  I moved to the UK in 2016 and have continued in care ever since.  I have worked in several areas around England and recently completed my Level 3.

I am currently the Care Coordinator for Bluebird Care in Gosport.  My job is to ensure that our care assistants are matched to our customers and that all care visits are properly staffed.  I also work to ensure that the visits are of a time and length that work for our customers and deliver the highest quality care.

I find care to be an incredibly rewarding profession.  I enjoy assisting people to live their best possible life on their own terms.

Vicki Hanlon
Care Assistant Supervisor

I grew up in a village called West End outside of Southampton until I met my now husband Simon, I moved to Gosport age 19 and have been here ever since. I worked in retail for 10 years and then at 2 removal companies in the office for another 10 years. I felt I needed a change and looked into care work. By then I had lost most of my grandparents and missed chatting about the old days. I joined Bluebird Care almost 4 years ago now and have loved it ever since. Last year I progressed to senior carer and later last year I accepted the role of Care Assistant supervisor. I love getting out and meeting up with the carers for observations, supervisions or just to see how they are getting on as well as still getting to see our customers and covering care visits when needed. In my spare time I love to take my dog Bailey out on long walks and exploring new areas, when we are out I’m always taking photos. I love seeing my nephew and niece who live just up the road, meeting up friends and staying over my mum and stepdads over the Island when I can, watching TV and cooking up new recipes when I get a chance.

Karen Perkins-Cox
Customer Supervisor

I worked many different roles at the start of my working career, from fundraising to body piercing and hairdressing, I couldn’t quite figure out what I wanted to do. Then six years ago I entered the care sector and I have not looked back. I started as a support worker in residential services and moved on to different companies as senior and team leader. I am now customer supervisor for Bluebird care and I could not be happier. I have lived in Gosport all my life and working for Bluebird care means that I get to support people in my local community to receive packages of care that enable them to live safely and independently in their own homes.