A former recruitment consultant has joined the Caremark network of franchises after being inspired by her best friend.
Natasha Dhariwal left her job in London and returned to Kent to follow in the footsteps of Raspinder Singh, the managing director of Caremark Dartford & Gravesham, after seeing the positive impact of his work on his local community.
She has now become the managing director of new branch, Caremark Maidstone, which received its CQC registration in July.
Commenting on the launch, Dhariwal said: “I was keen to find an opportunity which would allow me to help my local community, and Caremark Maidstone has provided me with the chance to really make a difference.”
Dhariwal is supported by her husband, Tharandeep, and registered care manager, Krystal Parkes.
“We were extremely keen to bring Krystal on board due to her wealth of experience,” said Dhariwal. “She has been in the care industry for over 11 years and is extremely passionate about her role and delivering the best service and care for our clients, something which is a crucial requirement for all our members of staff.”
In her new role so far, Dhariwal set up the Chattering Chums Coffee mornings, working in partnership with The West Kent Befriending Charity. The coffee morning is free and takes place once a month to tackle loneliness and involves a special surprise guest every month.
She also acts as a voluntary Dementia Champion through the Alzheimer’s Society, giving talks to raise awareness and make Maidstone and surrounding communities a Dementia-friendly place to live.
Dhariwal has collaborated with the Staplehurst Community Warden to set up a free Dementia Café and hopes that the group will provide a support system for those living with the condition, as well as carers and family members.
“After seeing carers provide support for my granddad in 2018, it opened my eyes to what home care is and, with the right carers, what a positive impact it can have on a person’s life and wellbeing,” she said.
“Health and care are a genuine passion of mine and so the sense of job satisfaction is truly amazing and extremely fulfilling. Moving forward, we are determined to continue with our work in the community and we aim to help more people live independently and access a growing range of services.”