A Bassetlaw care agency assisting older and disabled people living in rural communities is going strong after start-up support from Notts County Council.
Naomi Goodwin, 34, from Torworth, set up Compassionate Care Team Ltd last March after her husband became ill and had to give up work.
Naomi and her husband now work closely together providing a family business.
The company offers a range of services, including personal care, companionship, escorting service users to appointments and taking them out for day trips such as structured activities, sport, leisure, church and organised groups.
The council has been working with Community Catalysts to provide support to community groups, charities and small businesses which have up to five employees or volunteers to set up care and support services for Notts people.
The authority supported Naomi in setting up the business.
The support included ensuring it was registered with the Care Quality Commission, had appropriate insurances, checked references and enabled the company to be included in its Social Care Directory.
Compassionate Care Team Ltd currently supports 60 service users and employs 22 members of staff.
Naomi said: “I was previously a registered area manager for another agency, so I had experience in this field and felt more could be offered for people living in rural communities especially with the social support side.”
“It was a great risk but the support I received from the council made sure I was on the right track and I was able to share ideas with other providers at meetings they set up.”
“We pride ourselves in helping our service users with all of their needs, including trips to Skegness, a horse racing event and to church.”
“We have a couple of service users that like to go for a pint or out for fish and chips. “
“I believe this is where we differ from most other providers.”
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