Jobs boost as charity creates new company

Alma Caldwell, group chief executive and some of the care staff at the launch of EveryDay, the care at home service in Tyneside.'Picture by Jane Coltman
Alma Caldwell, group chief executive and some of the care staff at the launch of EveryDay, the care at home service in Tyneside.'Picture by Jane Coltman

A new scheme has been launched to help people maintain their independence at home – and it will create 200 new jobs.

Age UK North Tyneside held a special garden party on Wednesday as they launched their professional independent care at home company, EveryDay.

This is a very special day and the start of an exciting future for our new company and the charity

Alma Caldwell, group chief executive at Age UK North Tyneside and EveryDay

The scheme will offer care and support services to anyone over the age of 18, and will expand out from the borough to the wider Tyneside area.

EveryDay, based in Park Road in Whitley Bay, will provide free advice and guidance to anyone who has questions about the support that is available.

There are currently 176 members of staff, but plans are in the pipeline to create around 200 new posts and recruit care professionals.

Alma Caldwell, group chief executive at Age UK North Tyneside and EveryDay, said: “This is a very special day and the start of an exciting future for our new company and the charity.

“It follows the launch of our 2020 Vision earlier this year.

“We look forward to working together with our partners, staff, volunteers, customers and the wider community, to offer the best possible service and open up greater opportunities to everyone we support.”

EveryDay provides support in the home, including personal care, help around the home, home from hospital support, specialist health care, end of life care and free information and advice.

Kerry Parker, EveryDay’s head of care at home services, said: “EveryDay is just that – every day; a service that is available around the clock, 365 days a year.

“We are here for anyone 18 years and over, to help people continue to live independently in their own homes, and we offer all levels of care from that little bit of help with shopping and cleaning for the busy professional to substantial care and support for people living with high levels of physical and mental health needs.

“We understand that choosing the right type of care is a tough decision for everyone involved and it’s our commitment to be there for the whole family whenever and however they need us.”

Customers already benefiting from the services provided include 32-year-old Donna Campbell from Wallsend.

Donna has spina bifida, which seriously affects her mobility. She spent a substantial amount of time in hospital recently following a major operation related to her condition, but when she came home, found that she was unable to do the things she previously enjoyed.

She is now making great progress and getting her confidence back thanks to support from her EveryDay personal support assistant Claire Atkinson.

Donna said: “The company has been very supportive to me. I felt really vulnerable when I came out of hospital and things have been tough, but with the care and support from Claire, I feel like I’ve got my confidence back.

“She never lets me feel down about anything and showed me that even though I’d been through a lot, I could still do everything I’d done before.”

EveryDay is currently recruiting care professionals to join its dedicated team. To find out more, call 0191 287 7028.

For more on the service visit www.everydayuk.org