Women set up their own community care scheme

Five former local authority carers who have set up their own company: (L to R) Carol Nesbit, Ishbel Little, Shirley Lockhart, Marie Purvis and Judith Stanwix.
Five former local authority carers who have set up their own company: (L to R) Carol Nesbit, Ishbel Little, Shirley Lockhart, Marie Purvis and Judith Stanwix.

FIVE carers with more than 80 years’ experience between them have launched a company to look after the elderly in their own community.

The women decided to set up their own company working in the Wooler and Glendale area after the county council decided to outsource home care to private companies, which meant carers would no longer be guaranteed work in the same areas.

Marie Purvis who, like the other women, trained under and worked for the local authority, said they wanted to continue looking after their elderly clients.

“This way we can stay with the people who know us and we can offer a lot more services than we could under the council system,” she said.

“As well as the personal care – helping people get dressed and washed – we do housework, laundry, shopping, preparing meals and also taking people out for appointments or visits.

“We’re all trained to NVQ levels two and three and have experience looking after people with disabilities and mental health problems, as well as looking after the elderly and young people.”

Cheviot Care has been set up as a social enterprise which means the women take salaries but any profits go back into developing the business.

“Setting up a company was hard at first but we’ve had lots of people helping us. We were given grants from the county council’s Social and Business Enterprise Hub and Wooler councillor Anthony Murray’s community chest. The Glendale Gateway Trust have also been very supportive,” said Marie.

Contact Cheviot Care on 07979 885807.