Homes for people living with physical disability previously run by charity Leonard Cheshire, are set to receive a significant investment boost since they were taken on by Valorum Care, part of the Valorum Care Group, in July.
The sale has involved 16 Leonard Cheshire services transferring to Valorum Care ownership, with all staff moving to the new provider.
Valorum Care and Leonard Cheshire worked closely together to reassure staff, residents and their families by putting in place detailed plans to minimise disruption and to ensure a seamless transition to maintain continuity of care.
Over the forthcoming period, the services will receive a significant investment with plans to upgrade and in some cases refurbish all homes. This work will have a positive impact on the well-being of those who live and work in the 16 services.
The services are home to more than 400 residents living with physical disability and are located across England from North Yorkshire to Devon.
Tom Parramore, CEO of Valorum Care, said: “We are delighted to welcome these services into the Valorum Care business.
“Taking on services delivered by the highly respected Leonard Cheshire charity is a big responsibility. Leonard Cheshire has a unique 70-year legacy which we are keen to protect and build on. It is a privilege to have been entrusted with carrying on its good work. We want to ensure Leonard Cheshire’s philosophy of supporting individuals to live, learn and work as independently as they choose, continues under our ownership.
“We are now in the process of getting to know residents, their families, staff and volunteers, and understanding what they want from the homes, the service and their day-to-day lives.
“We will invest in the homes and build on the quality of care services to ensure they meet the needs of the people who live there. We will be sharing our plans with residents, staff and volunteers very soon. As part of the agreement we are committed to continuing the wide range of volunteer activities that have been run by Leonard Cheshire. Three charity shops connected to services will also be purchased, with staff transferring to us.”
“This acquisition has secured the long-term positive future of these services. Residents living there can be assured they will receive high standards of care in a safe and supportive environment which will give them as much independence as possible.”
Hugh Fenn, Leonard Cheshire’s Executive Director UK Services, said: “I am pleased that we have now ensured the long-term future of the services and continuity of care for residents from staff they know. This was always our priority. Throughout the sale we have felt a deep sense of responsibility to the people living with us and the staff who provided support.
“The sale will result in the kind of investment at the services that we as a charity could not justify. Funds raised from the sale will be invested by Leonard Cheshire to increase the difference we make to disabled people’s lives and widen the range of support we offer in communities across the UK.”
Robin Sidebottom, Chairman of Valorum Care, added: “Leonard Cheshire has been an inspiration to so many of us that have been in the care sector all of our working lives. We want to continue that good work but at the same time improve on the living environments which are in need of improvements and modernisation. We are committed to upgrading these services and securing their place in the community for the next generations to benefit from.
“We have both the resources and the commitment to do this and will be putting these newly acquired services at the heart of Valorum Care. These services will form a crucial part of our wider ambition to grow our vision of enhancing the lives of those living with physical disability and their place within local communities.”