Who we are:
Blue Sky Enabling is a fully accredited preferred provider of high quality personal care, and social support services to disabled adults, adults with complex needs, and older people. The enabling services we provide are person-centred, focused on the benefits of living at home, and include flexible live-in and supported living services for people who need someone there 24/7. The company is dedicated to ensuring that all of the people that we work with are supported to live their lives in a way that promotes free thinking, enjoyment, empowerment and safety.
Our Core Values:
So what is ‘enabling’?
- Enabling is way of working alongside people at their own pace.
- Enabling support focuses on building people’s capacities, positive experiences and successful outcomes.
- The aim of enabling services is to support people in setting their overall Objectives and realising their Goals by following effective Pathways.
How does ‘enabling’ differ from ‘care’?
- Care deals with people’s conditions, Enabling deals with the person as a whole and complete human being.
- Care services do things FOR people, Enabling services do things WITH people.
- Care is about performing specific tasks – bathing, toileting dressing etc. Enabling see those tasks as steps toward achieving goals – going to a social group, theatre, shopping or chatting to a friend etc.
How we can help you:
Blue Sky Enabling would offer you or your loved ones the opportunity to live at home, to this end we base our support services around an environment where you/they feel most comfortable. Our company focuses on the importance of fostering a emotional connection between people and the historical and contextual setting that they find themselves in. We’re here to help people like you make life more fun and enjoyable. We can support you to navagate the world of assistive technologies, equiptment, and the complexities of multidicipliniary healthcare teams. We want to enable you to live your life how you see fit, and we are happy to stand by your side through the good times and the bad.
We don’t do short visits:
People don’t like to have to rush through their daily routine. It is for this reason that we offer our support services from a minimum of a 2 hour visit. Our members of staff are capable of taking tasks off your hands, and they are also trained how to guide people through doing things for themselves. Therefore where/when it’s safe to do so, our service users actively participate in the normal daily activities alongside our enablers. Guiding people through their routine can sometimes take more time out of the day, but in the end it’s always worth it.
The right person at the right time:
Blue Sky Enabling is very privileged in that we have such competent staff, and our Strategic Management Team ensure that everyone that we employ enters the right job role with the right attitude. We know that to support someone, enable that person, and make it possible for them to enjoy their life to the fullest in every moment, takes hard work. We ensure that all of the staff are on board with our work ethic, with a strong organisational culture of respect and equality.
Enabling someone is not just about the support offered to them, it is about a wholistic approach towards enabling that person to live an active, engaged, and happy life. For this purpose, Blue Sky Enabling go that extra mile to ensure that our staff grow an affinity with the people that they support. Our enablers aim to engage our service users interests, they seek to understand their behaviours, and they deliver support where it is needed, and when it is required.
The Blue Sky Enabling Office Team:
Shelley Saxon LLM – CEO
Shelley has a life-long commitment to enabling people of all abilities to live lives of their own choosing and has over 20 years directorial and management experience providing person-centred services to people with complex needs. Her experience in the social care sector is also backed by an additional 10 years of directorial experience in the financial sector.
Shelley has extensive experience and training in working with people with complex needs and has built the company from the ground up. Since starting her journey in Social Care, Shelley has completed countless industry specific courses, ensuring that she always stays up to date with current industry standards and promotes best practice. Shelley is an expert in managing and coordinating care packages for people with LD, ASD, and complex needs with a diverse portfolio of success stories within the social care sector. She is well regarded by industry professionals, and has helped to establish a network of professionals with whom she works as part of a multidisciplinary team to effectively coordinate support solutions for our service users. Shelley manages our tender applications, and helps to maintain the high standard of support that she expects from all Blue Sky Enabling staff.
Rachel Eades MSc – Registered Manager
Rachel first joined Blue Sky Enabling when she was a student, where she rapidly gained the confidence of the clients she worked with. It was clear from the beginning that Rachel’s hard work and positive attitude was going to take her to the top of the organisation, and when Rachel graduated from Bath Spa University with a 2:1 Honours degree in psychology, Shelley welcomed her onto a management development program. After completing her Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management through Blue Sky Enabling’s post-graduate training scheme, Rachel was promoted to the position of Care Manager. The following year Rachel began a Master’s Degree in Integrative Health and Social Care that was fully sponsored by Blue Sky Enabling. In the months that followed her starting the course, the strategic management team opened communications with the company directors, and after careful consideration, Rachel was promoted to the position of Registered Manager in December 2017. With her strong leadership as Registered Manager the Blue Sky Enabling team has been recently awarded a good rating from CQC.
Aubrey Saxon BA(Hons) – Head of Operations
Aubrey is one of the founding members of Blue Sky Enabling and is currently currently studying towards a Master’s Degree in Senior Leadership. Starting out his career as an enabler, Aubrey has since worked his way through a number of clerical roles, including service coordinator, and business development manager. His understanding of business structure, systems, and ethics has helped to shape the company towards generating its positive impact for local communities. Aubrey now manages internal business processes, systems, and finances for the company. He also manages business transformation and change, business marketing, and the maintenance of the company’s business administration functions.
Tara Lucas – Assistant Care Manager for adults with acquired conditions and physical disabilities.
Tara is an Assistant Manager for older people, working closely with Rachel (RM) to maintain our service users’ care packages. Tara is responsible for creating and editing a variety of client specific documentation, including support plans and risk assessments. She is also responsible for supervising and mentoring members of staff. Tara’s passion for her work and her experience in Health and Social Care – collected through 9 years of working in the sector – are two of many things that make her an essential part of our team. Tara is studying for her Level 5 diploma in Health and Social Care.
Diana Vintere BA(Hons) – Office Manager
Diana joined Blue Sky Enabling’s administration department in 2017. While working closely with Aubrey Saxon to develop her skills, Diana’s background in care work, and her honours degree, meant that she found it easy to get to grips with the company’s systems and day-to-day operations. Diana’s dynamic and energetic approach to business administration lead her onto a management development program, whereby she has completed a Lv. 3 QCF apprenticeship with the company. As Office Manager Diana is in charge of collating the company’s quality assurance feedback, she is also an essential contributor to our payroll function and she manages stock control. She manages our staff’s progress on training, and assists other managers with the day-to-day management of any other business administration activities.
Victoria Marsland – Training and Admin Officer
Vicky is responsible for welcoming and inducting new members of staff, this involves conducting all initial checks, ensuring the staff are informed of company expectations, training needs are assessed and appropriate training is allocated. Vicky has also works with our internal information systems to help ensure that our staff are making sufficient progress with their on the job learning requirements.
Our method of enabling people and promoting community empowerment begins with happy, professional members of staff. We recognise that the greatest asset of our organisation is the employees within it.
Blue Sky Enabling take great care in recruiting, training and supervising our enablers and staff. Our employees have a wide range of nationally recognised qualifications and experience relevant to people’s needs and that exceed the National Minimum Standards for Social Care. In addition, all of our staff receive practical training and assessment with each service user with whom they work in the key areas of their care that is in line with new CQC regulations, these include:
- Personal Care;
- Continence Care;
- Moving and Handling;
- Administration of Medication;
- Challenging Behaviour;
- Assistance with Managing Financial Records.