Co-operative develops provision for students

Posted on April 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

Sunderland Home Care Associates (SHCA,) the major provider of homecare in Wearside, recently appointed its 110th member. SHCA was set up eight years ago as a worker¹s co-operative after members secured a contract with Sunderland Social Services to deliver 450 hours per week of personal care to a range of people, including elderly people, hospital discharge patients and people with disabilities. Due to continued expansion, the co-operative recently employed an extra 30 care workers, some of whom were unemployed,to cope with the 2,600 hours a week it now delivers for social services, students with disabilities and private clients. SHCA general manager and founding member Margaret Elliot said the co-operative was recognised nationally as a model of best practice and had recently helped to establish Direct Care, a similar co-operative based in Darlington. “We are also working closely with the disability support team at the University of Sunderland to launch a new training programme,” Ms Elliot said. “This will c

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