Victoria, aka Vicky has been working with Bluebird Care all together for 5 years. Vicky started as a carer 5 years ago and has developed amazing relationships with our carers and customers and has such a can do approach and is very positive. Vicky has always wanted to develop her career within Bluebird care, and in 2018 Vicky became a customer care champion, which meant Vicky was mentoring new staff, assessing customers’ needs and sharing ideas on how we can all improve.
Vicky started her new role in November 2020 and already delivering amazing results within her recruitment and marketing role.
If you asked Vicky what she loves about her role she would say “I am very much a people person and within my new role I’m always talking to new people and potential carers, it really helps that I have experienced care and can use it within recruitment to grasp if they have what it takes to work within our highly skilled team. I love the team around me, we are more a family than work colleagues”
If Vicky was to have her favourite food, it would be good old Nans recipe Beef stew and Dumplings. Fantastic in the winter months.
Vicky is married and has three children, a dog and a cat, to which they all keep Vicky very busy. As a family they enjoy walks and birdwatching as well as a love going to historic sites and places of interest.
In Vicky’s spare time when she is not working or being a busy mum to her three children Vicky really enjoys art, dancing and of course bingo!
One thing people don’t know about Vicky is she won Face of Berkshire 2010.
Helen started working for Bluebird Care as our new Finance Assistant on 10th November 2020. Helen is currently covering Adela who is on maternity leave. Helen has a wealth of knowledge and is currently studying my AAT level 3 accounting qualification.
Helen loves how varied the role is and working within a friendly team, helping to support the team as much as she can.
When Helen is planning on going out for a meal you may find her in a Mexican restaurant eating her favourite food.
Helen has been married for 12 years and has three children aged 11,8 & 5 who keep her very busy. Helen has a passion and love for baking, especially her children’s birthday cakes and she enjoys doing a lot of gym classes each week which helps counteract the baking!
One thing people don’t know about Helen is is has a degree in French and Information systems which involved her living in Paris for 5 months, in an office that had a view of the Eiffel Tower, how amazing is that!
Ferne joined Bluebird Care in 2014 starting out as a Care Assistant. She quickly picked up her skills and knowledge in the care sector. Ferne took some time out to travel the world (travelling is one of her passions!) and returned earlier in 2017 to become the Care Coordinator for the Maidenhead, Windsor & Bracknell team.
In 2018 Ferne became Branch Manager for Windsor, Maidenhead and Bracknell team. Ferne is very passionate about enabling families to ensure that their loved ones are cared for in a dignified way with empathy and respect.
One thing intresting to know about Ferne is when she was travelliing in Thailand she became an advanced scuba driver. Ferne loves to travel as much as she can, and In her spare time, Ferne enjoys walking her dog and spending time with her friends and family.
Alex originally joined the team as a care assistant in 2009, and was quickly promoted to become the branch's supervisor. In 2014, Alex moved to Brighton and continued her career in care. She rejoined us in 2016 to become the Care Manager of our Windsor & Maidenhead branch, and in March 2018.
Since Alex ahs been with Bluebird Care she has been reconised and was a regional winner at the Great British Care Awards in 2019.
During her time with Bluebird Care, Alex has grown into the role developing a strong relationship with customers and carers to deliver a high standard of care within the area. She has led the way in driving innovative changes to the business including the roll out of the revolutionary electronic care planning system.
In her spare time, Alex enjoys going to festivals, meeting up with friends and spending time with her young family.
Rosalind has been working in the care sector since 2012 when she joined the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Berkshire. Rosalind worked there for 7 years and joined Bluebird Care in 2018.
What Rosalind loves most about being in care is her passion for looking after people. She wanted to join care because of her grandma, she used to help look after her when she was unwell and she was Rosalind's favourite person. These events helped her realise that she wanted to take care of people and show them the respect and dignity they deserve.
One thing Rosalind's enjoys most about her role is having thigs in place and ensuring all customers and carers receive the best care possible, by making sure the customers have continuity of staff and our carers have a work life balance.
In Rosalind's spare time she likes to socialise with her friends, however she also likes having time in sitting with her cat watching documentaries on Netflix. Going out to dinner with Rosalind is easy as she does not have any favourite foods, as her mind changes daily so she is unable to pick just one.
Prior to Paige joining Bluebird Care, she worked in a school-based in Maidenhead supporting children diagnosed with Autism.
Paige started with Bluebird Care in November 2017 as a carer based in Maidenhead. In 2018 Paige went travelling to South America for 8 months. In November 2019 Paige became Supervisor for Windsor, Maidenhead and Bracknell
Paige holds a Qualifications BSc Biological Sciences
This is what Paige said about why she loves her role. " I love that I have a great degree of freedom within my role. I can work to a flexible schedule, both in and out of the office. I love supporting our carers and customers to ensure they all receive the support and care they need"
Paige's favourite colour is Pink and she can eat Jalapeños by the jar.
Paige likes to keep active as she used to be a keen rower and horse rider but now she prefers to hike. When Paige is not at work she likes to see friends and family. Paige also spends her free time volunteering with St John Ambulance.
One thing you might not know about Paige is she used to be a Morris dancer and she was very good at it!
Jade is our Live in Care Manager and started with us as a carer in 2015. She quickly progressed and has worked as a care supervisor, care coordinator and deputy manager, showing passion and a drive to deliver quality care. Prior to joining Bluebird Care, Jade was a nursery assistant at a local nursery in Reading.
During the time Jade has been in the office, she has built a strong relationship with customers and carers to deliver a high standard of care within the area.
Jade is a great team player, loves supporting both our customers and carers and ensures quality of care is delivered at all times. Jade has been nominated for team member of the year twcie and on both occassions Jade has won, which is fantastic as these nominations are voted by our carers and customers.
Jade lives in Reading with her partner and their two cats, and enjoys socialising with friends and travelling.
Gerly has been apart of Bluebird Care since 2015 and since joing us Gerly has developed multiple skills and worked her way to her becoming our new Live in Care Supervisor.
If you asked Gerly what she loves about her role and working in Care, Gerly would say " I love the team I work with and that makes me happy. My role is so varied which I love and being able to support our community to stay in their own homes is what makes me so proud to be apart of Bluebird Care"
Gerly has son and two cat and in her spare time you will probably find Gerly in the Apple store as she loves her technology and when she is not buying the latest additions of Apple products Gerly likes to take short breaks away where she can unwind and relax.
Adela is orginally from Romania where she studied accountancy. Adela like meeting new people and finds it very rewarding when she can make someone smile. Adela is a very adaptable person who is open to new challenges. Over the last two years she has changed her role from numbers to people, and this brought Adela to Bluebird Care in 2018. Adela really enjoys her role as HR Administrator as she gets to work with people every day which is Adela's passion, everyday is different and each day gives her the opportunity to learn and develop her skills. Numbers are still calling her back, which makes her happy to be a-part of our finance team within Bluebird Care.
In Adela's spare time and holidays she love traveling and being active, any sport is exciting for her even dancing which she enjoys very much. Adela is a very selfless person and will always ensure everyone else is ok and well. Adela loves her family and will always try to visit her sister and an amazing niece as much as she can.
Jo McCluskey is currently the Registered Care Manager and Area Manager for Bluebird Care Windsor, Maidenhead & Bracknell. She has a natural passion for quality of care and over the last 10 years has worked hard from being a support worker at Wokingham Borough Council to an award winning Registered Care Manager at Bluebird Care.
It was during her time at Wokingham Borough Council that Jo discovered her passion for a career in care. Working as part of the re-enablement team gave Jo a breadth of experience in caring for customers to regain their independence and skills after many had suffered strokes, falls and other illnesses.
Her work in the re-enablement team resulted in Jo being promoted to Senior Support worker within the Dementia team at Wokingham Borough Council. In 2008, Jo left the council to work in the community in management roles for various care companies including Bluebird Care as a Deputy Manager.
She excelled in her role which resulted in her gaining extensive management experience of a Learning Disabilities Home in Maidenhead for three years. In August 2013, we welcomed Jo back to the Reading and Wokingham as our Registered Care Manager.
In summary, Jo brings a wealth of experience and knowledge in the following areas:
End of Life Care
When asked about why she returned to Bluebird Care recently by a customer she replied, I enjoy the variety and challenge of care in the community and that each day is different. I feel very passionate about making sure a high standard of care is delivered by our team and that our customers’ needs are met however big or small. love the challenge of working towards goals and making a difference to both our customers and carers lives.
In her spare time Jo enjoys travelling, reading, especially biographies and learning about Ancient History including ancient Egypt, the Incas and Sumerians. She has set a personal goal to visit Egypt and see the pyramids in Cairo and the ancient temples along the River Nile.
Jo loves spending quality time with her family and friends including her adorable grandson and can often be found catching the latest Hollywood blockbuster at the cinemas.
Rebecca Hawkins, or better known as Becki, joined Bluebird Care in 2009 as a carer. She has gone on to have a varied and succesful career with the team, initially as a Co-ordniator for 4 years before moving in to the role of Deputy Manager for Reading in 2013. In 2014 she went on maternity leave and returned a year later to head up the Business Development side of the company.
Becki has a passion for customer service and ensuring Bluebird Care delivers the highest quality of care. Her experience, skills and flexibiltiy allow her to drive business improvement and initiatives across the organisation.
In her sparetime, Becki spends time with her young family, visiting her parents in Gloucestershire and enjoys meeting friends for a good meal at a local pub. She also has a passion for horses and arts and crafts.
Prior to starting Bluebird Care, Mehul worked in the City within Investment Banking and Finance, working for leading Global Investment banks. Within a short period of time, Mehul was given the opportunity and responsibility of managing the banks extensive European Property portfolio as well as advising mutli-nationals on their mergers and acquisitions strategy.
Mehul has a passion for operational excellence, working with the team to ensure that the system and processes are in place to deliver quality care. Mehul takes the lead role within the management team to ensure that the team is meeting CQC standards and working with the managers to ensure that Bluebird Care is delivering quality of care at all times.
In his spare time he enjoys playing badminton, cycling, 5-a-side football (he's a huge Spurs fan!), playing the piano. Mehul loves travelling, from relaxing on a beach to skiing in the Alps, plus exploring London’s wide range of restaurants.
Prior to launching Bluebird Care, Tushar worked at Mars Inc, working in a variety of management roles in IT, Commercial, Sales and Marketing. He was responsible for the management of Mars' European Advertising and Media Agency relationships.
Tushar's role within the team is business development. Working in partnership with the councils, CCGs and local charities, Tushar works in identifying the challenges and putting in place sustainable long term solutions.
Tushar is also passionate about developing a culture of quality and excellence within the workforce and works with the managers to ensure that the training and values embedded in the team make a difference to our customers.
In his spare time, Tushar enjoys running, having recently completed the New York Marathon, competing in triathalons, travelling, photography and spending time with his young family.