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DoCare in the running for more awards

Award-winning homecare provider DoCare is in the running for yet more accolades, just a fortnight after scooping two titles at the prestigious Gloucestershire Business Awards.

The Stroud-based, family-run firm is in the final of the Great British Care Awards South West for three categories: Natasha Richardson, from the Yate team, is in contention for the Homecare Awards; Anne Rogers, from the Cirencester team, is up for Care Newcomer; while Jinny Searle, a Team Leader for DoCare in Gloucester, is in the finals of the Dementia Carer award. The winners will be announced at a ceremony in Bristol on November 15.

At the same time Kerry-Ann Lees – Area Manager for Cirencester, Cheltenham and Witney – is in the finals of the Outstanding Dementia Care Support Worker award as part of the 4th National Dementia Care Awards, to be held on November 6 in Nottingham.

Earlier this month, DoCare won two Gloucestershire Business Awards. It was named Communicator of the Year, while Kerry-Ann won Best Employee. Kerry-Ann is no stranger to award wins, having been named national Dementia Carer of the Year at last year’s Great British Care Awards.

“We are thrilled to be in contention for the Great British Care Awards and the National Dementia Care Awards,” said DoCare’s Operations Director Una Mills. “Most importantly, though, we’ve got there on merit. We care passionately about providing a quality service to our clients, we are committed to a high level of training for our staff, and we strive to form close relationships with other health care professionals who are supporting our clients, such as GPs and district nurses.

“We’ve identified that key to the current and future success of DoCare is our reputation, sustainability and growth. We’re focussing on these three areas which we are convinced will enable the business to move forward, becoming a larger organisation serving a wider population but at the same time keeping its roots firmly in the family ethos.”

DoCare was founded in 2004 by co-directors Steve and Una Mills. It now has seven offices, employing more than 150 people and has contracts to provide support for social services clients from four local authorities, as well as large proportion of private clients. It covers 1,000 square miles and has teams based in Bristol, Cirencester, Cheltenham, Dursley, Gloucester, Stroud, Witney and Yate.