“We are driving new standards in elderly care and local employment for people. The people we have met campaigning for better care are outstanding and I love to be part of very positive changes.” – Sally Wilse.
The UnLtd impact fund signed up Seniors Helping Seniors (UK) and it’s UK owners Sally and Christian Wilse, to help with an ambitious and important national goal to provide 3,000 UK jobs for those distanced from the labour market in 2020. The initiative is backed by National Lottery Community Fund and Big Society Capital.
Sally and Christian Wilse help in two ways. They provide seniors in their own location with flexible well paid work and franchisees are repeating the elderly care model in communities across the South East and East UK.
Each independent business offers local work which is paid above the Living Wage. Pre CoVid, each office planned to employ 50 people or more but the demand for the services and jobs has increased projections.
Franchisees recognise the importance of who you are as a business.
Having value at your heart, truly matters. People who want to start a business for themselves, are attracted to ideas that give back as well as making money. Recognising that when people need a service, they choose companies with strong values, which is more important now than ever before. What companies do during the crisis will matter for a long time to come.
Seniors Helping Seniors is fit for purpose. Christian Wilse says “All offices adapted well to the pandemic. We were able to help with communications and our services help customers who are shielding.”
Sally Wilse says, “Media and information is central to our franchisee training so we were able to support our carers early on and we got the message out that we’d need more carers in each location. Brilliant people came forward”
In February the couple were at Portcullis House to join Minister of State for Disabled People, Health and Work, Justin Tomlinson and to celebrate the impact social entrepreneurs have on employment.
“I am a huge supporter of what I’ve seen…My commitment, as the government, is to work with you and turbo-charge what you’re doing”. – Justin Tomlinson.
The event was hosted in Parliament by Alex Sobel MP, chair of the All Parliamentary Group on social enterprise. He said “I’d like to see the O2 arena full of social entrepreneurs like you”.
The win-win with Seniors Helping Seniors is, by offering valued and well paid work to people who are often distanced from work by ageism or because they need flexible work conditions, the company offers outstanding same person elderly care with unparalleled results.
People like to be supported by people who have interests in common and appreciate the same things in life.
Focussing on offering work to people who are available to work has shaped the services on offer. “We have always matched carers to clients carefully and carers visit one or very few clients. It has meant we have been in a good position to limit risks. This is a first for us all but the flexibility and dedication of carers means the services have adapted well to the crisis families find themselves in” Sally says.
The franchise is already a Top 20 most recommended care agency three years running even though it only has a few offices. Current reviews talk about sanitised shopping deliveries, helping people cook and helping with the fears of isolating.
The work at Seniors Helping Seniors is non-medical care and includes light housekeeping, gardening, shopping, and services that support people to live the lives they want to live. Safe services have become life lines for vulnerable people in the lock down.
“They show a real appreciation for your efforts and the work is extremely rewarding” – Seniors Helping Seniors Carer.
Families love the fresh approach to elderly care and the company’s can-do, award-winning approach to customers includes time giving distanced families feedback on their loved ones.
When shielding is in place, there’s never been a more important time to help. To take all the benefits of a Seniors Helping Seniors care agency into communities, people can call 01227 454 900 and find information here https://franchises.seniorshelpingseniors.co.uk/