Homes set for investment boost after Valorum Care purchase
September 13, 2019
Homes for people living with physical disability previously run by charity Leonard Cheshire, are set to receive a significant investment boost after being taken on by Valorum Care, part of the Valorum Care Group, in July.
The sale 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. The services are home to more than 400 residents living with physical disability and are located across England from North Yorkshire to Devon.
Valorum chief executive Tom Parramore said the services were now to receive a significant investment with plans to upgrade and in some cases refurbish all homes.
“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,” said Mr Parramore.
“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.
“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.”
Hugh Fenn, Leonard Cheshire’s executive director of UK services, said the sale would result in the kind of investment at the services that Leonard Cheshire 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.”