Bluebird Care is today celebrating its most inspirational female staff on International Women’s Day.
The care provider said that while all team members work “incredibly hard”, it wanted to use the worldwide event to recognise the achievements of women across its network, from care assistants to franchise directors.
It explained that during the COVID-19 pandemic, these women have shown “great tenacity” in overcoming trauma, inspiring their team and “going above and beyond” to help Bluebird Care customers.
Harriet Webber, head of Recruitment and Marketing at Bluebird Care’s Lincolnshire franchises, is among the women Bluebird Care is celebrating.
The care provider said: “Harriet was sexually assaulted aged 13. The aftermath was hugely traumatic, with school bullying, police interviews, and court cases, Harriet was affected by the event for years to come. She had a son when she was 16 who she knew she needed to provide for, and so, Harriet began working for Bluebird Care Lincoln.”
On joining the company, Harriet said: “Joining Bluebird Care Lincoln was the best thing I ever did. I started to love my customers and I would be excited to see them every day. I cared so much for people and never wanted anyone to feel as lonely as I had done. I wanted to be their friend and a person they could love and trust, and I was. That feeling is like no other.
“I have worked hard and I am now head of Recruitment and Marketing. I get to give people their dream jobs and support them along the way. I hear many stories similar to my own, but they all have one thing in common – they want to help make a difference to others. If I can get to where I am today, anyone can.”
Many Bluebird Care team members have worked at franchise offices for years, and the difference they make to the organisations is evident.
Ishbel Mullen, a lead carer at Bluebird Care Edinburgh, has worked at the branch for almost a decade.
Describing Ishbel, the provider said: “Ishbel inspires her team consistently, going above and beyond for all her customers, ensuring they are safe, happy and comfortable in their own homes.”
Similarly, Sara Barbosa, a care assistant at Bluebird Care Aylesbury, has been credited for “going above and beyond” for her customers and colleagues.
A qualified personal trainer and fitness coach, she often encourages her team members to keep fit and healthy.
She also recently created teddy bears picnics to encourage one customer to eat, and learned the customer’s favourite songs to sing along with her.
Bluebird Care has also recognised care assistants who have continued to work throughout the pandemic, putting all personal problems aside to provide quality care to their customers.
Pauline Jones, a 67-year-old care professional at Bluebird Care Swindon, has suffered her own health issues, including a broken hip and broken wrist. But, following a short period of recovery, she continued to care for her customers.
She also recently received the news that her son in-law had passed away, but after a few days of caring for her daughter, she went back to work, showing resilience as she continued to provide support to those who need it, Bluebird Care said.
Other inspirational Bluebird Care staff include Siham Akka, a registered manager at Bluebird Care Greenwich, who visited many customers with suspected COVID-19 symptoms to ensure the rest of her team were protected; and Carole Casey, a care assistant at Bluebird Care Docklands, who gave up time with her family to care for a client on Christmas Day.
Hannah Banfield, marketing and communications director at Bluebird Care, said: “We want to say a huge thank you and recognise all of the incredible women who work for Bluebird Care across our franchise network. Their stories of bravery, heroism and selflessness inspire us all.
“This International Women’s Day we want to recognise Bluebird Care’s wonderful women, who continue to go above and beyond to support their colleagues and customers.”