After working in the “Caring” profession for over 30 years, Marilyn Cockett realised that there were not enough services in Doncaster providing support for carers of those living with dementia and hence, decided to start-up her new business – Inspire (Doncaster).
The business offers services including: Befriending, Home Conversation, Assisted Shopping, Day Centre as well as catering for Individual Needs. Inspire prides itself on going the extra mile for clients; organising and attending medical appointments for those living alone with Dementia, taking them shopping and ensuring they have meals available when the support workers are not with them, as well as providing a few hours support and respite for carers.
Due to Marilyn’s experience, knowledge and contacts, word spread through various avenues and social media, and she was contacted by health and social care officers/managers asking if they would accept other disabilities. Marilyn initially used her own money to fund the project as there was no funding available but felt that it was worth it as there was a real need for that kind of support. She started off working alone, carrying out assessments and supporting her clients but as Inspire’s client based increased, Marilyn took on new staff to keep up with the demand for the services offered. This gradually built up to Inspire now employing 18 members of staff.
In 2017, Inspire started a day centre in Armthorpe which runs weekly on a Friday in the Starlight Rooms, Charles Court from 10am – 2pm. This day centre has proved very popular with activities running throughout the day and includes mid-morning and afternoon snacks, a two-course home cooked lunch and transport to and from the centre.
Inspire recently commissioned a video to help get the message out about the services on offer but most importantly, what the services provided by Inspire means to the clients, their carers and the Support Workers. The intention is to provide evidence of the services on offer to potential new clients, family members and healthcare professionals.
Since Inspire started in May 2016 it has gone from strength to strength, constantly responding to new demands, ensuring safeguarding is in place and implementing new policies and procedures to ensure fairness, good practice and to manage risks associated with the scheme: which in turn benefits and protects everyone in the organisation including clients.
For further information about Inspire’s services or to make a referral, please contact:01302 770662/07899050622 or email: email@example.com
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