I started trading as Hand In Hand Care in October 2007 after working for various organisations in the Health and Social Care sector around Teesside and Tyneside for 6 years.

I provide a person-centred service, which considers the holistic needs of the individual, recognising that needs can vary and change over time and that continuity of care is very important. I promote dignity, privacy, inclusion and respect, while encouraging choice, independence and knowledge of personal rights. I am passionate about raising the standard of care for current service users and future service users.

Not only do I provide bespoke domicilliary care for residents in the Teesside area, I also work closely alongside family carers and local organisations to bring quality and much needed services to the local community. Projects include a user-led organisation for people with a diagnosis of dementia to attend with their carers, a monthly ‘Cafe’ session which provides social respite for the same service user group, and a pilot evaluation project looking at the benefits of using technology to facilitate dementia care which resulted in me presenting at the UK Dementia Congress in 2012 and writing an article for publication in the Signpost Journal.

I am also part of the Stockton Dementia Services Collaborative, whose work has been recognised in the NHS North East Making A Difference Awards 2012 (awarded 2013). As part of my role to raise awareness of Dementia, in 2013 I was privileged to be able to attend the very first public Dementia Friends Champion training session in Nottingham and will be voluneering my time to host Dementia Friends awareness and information sessions in line with the government initiative.

As well as the focus on working with people with dementia, I have also been approached by a group of adults who would like my supporting setting up a User-Led Organisation for adults with disabilities across the Tees Valley area. Although the group is in the very early stages at present the aims of the group are to provide age appropriate activities to adults with disabilities in the locality and support them in achieving their goals through personal development, team work, sporting activities and creativity sessions.

Hand In Hand Care is an affiliate member of Dying Matters.