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SureCare Oxfordshire is a franchise of SureCare Community Services Limited, owned and operated by SAM Partnership Ltd.

Stuart and Annette Martin own SureCare Oxfordshire. It’s a family business based in the beautiful town of Abingdon. They have built the business to provide care that they would be happy for their family to receive and they direct their team to ensure that the ‘Mum test’ is a key principle for ensuring outstanding care.

With commercial backgrounds, they are able to ensure the resilience of the business whilst relying on their clinically trained team to drive forwards the most important care side of SureCare Oxfordshire.

Meet the team:

Kim Allsworth
Registered Manager

Kim has worked in the care sector for over 24 years and enjoys every moment of it.

After Kim’s son was born, she wanted to go back into work but realised it had to fit around him. As a single parent, she needed part-time work that was flexible and rewarding – ideally, a job that could potentially give her a career. After talking to a friend, who was a care worker in the community, Kim decided that care was the job for her and offered the opportunities she wanted to progress. To this day Kim hasn’t looked back and cannot see herself doing anything else.

Kim started as a care worker before progressing to senior care worker where her responsibilities included undertaking spot checks on care staff, risk assessments and care planning. Kim also worked as a care co-ordinator before progressing to a registered manager role. Working for a national organisation, Kim’s career in social care went from strength to strength – she was promoted to operations support and implementation manager, a role which involved supporting non-compliant branches to ensure improvements were made, then to regional operations manager before becoming a regional director.

With her first grandchild here and her son finally moving out to stand on his own two feet, Kim didn’t want to spend so much time on the road and really wanted to get back to working in the community. This led her to apply for the role of Registered Manager at SureCare Oxfordshire taking charge of the operation.

Kim is very passionate when it comes to delivering a compliant, high quality service and she strives to manage a team where the clients and staff are happy. The feeling of supporting people to achieve goals that can be taken for granted is one which is so rewarding.

Kim enjoys spending time with her partner and family who all live nearby – she comes from a large family, her mum is one of 13, so family get togethers are usually a bit cramped. When she is not spending her free time with family, Kim can be found spoiling her German shepherd, Bruno, who is rather large and usually ends up taking her out for a walk rather than the other way around!
 

Sylwia Zagiel
Service User Manager

What Sylwia likes most is when the core values in which she believes are expressed through action.

Her greatest motivation for the work she does is to create a space for clients’ voices to be heard, and to do her best to support and empower their sense of having control over their own lives.

One smile is priceless at the end of the day and so that is what Sylwia is aiming for every day.
 

Kelly Torr
Care & Training Coordinator

Kelly started out in domiciliary care six years ago and fell in love with social care. Her career progressed very quickly from there moving through various roles in care. After three years, Kelly decided to expand her knowledge in dementia care and so she went to work in a dementia nursing home. This helped Kelly gain more experience in dementia and also end-of-life and palliative care.

Kelly absolutely loves working within the care sector. She is committed to going the extra mile and Kelly is keen to promote with staff that what they are doing, no matter how big or small, can have a huge impact on someone’s life.
 

Teresa Shanahan
Care Worker Manager

Teresa started working in the care sector at the age of 18.

Having been in the care system herself from a young age, Teresa felt she wanted to give something back after receiving help from professionals at a time when she needed it. She worked in offender health for five years, dealing with drug and alcohol addicts that had committed crimes to feed their addiction. More recently Teresa has gained a wide range of experience looking after older vulnerable people.

Teresa feels very passionate about helping people and making a positive difference wherever she can.
 

Annica Simmons
Senior Care Worker

Annica considers herself to be a friendly, approachable and very caring individual.

She started as a care worker in 2006 but has had breaks to raise her family and during this time completed a Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults) for England.

Annica enjoys community care especially because of the freedom it gives to individuals to continue living in their own homes, making a positive difference to someone’s life and for the job satisfaction she gets from knowing that she’s helping individuals to live their lives to the best of their ability. Working as a senior care worker, Annica also ensures her team knows that she’s there to support and listen to any issues they may have.

To use Annica’s words “when you get that ‘thank you’ from your clients after each visit it reminds me of the good job we are all doing as care/support workers in the community.”
 

Charlotte Davey
Senior Care Worker

Charlotte has been working in the care sector for just over ten years. During her career, Charlotte has worked with lots of different individual’s with issues ranging from mental health problems, dementia, learning difficulties and brain injuries.

Charlotte has experience of working in care homes and supported living environments as well as domiciliary care. Her favourite place to work though is in the community, in domiciliary care like SureCare Oxfordshire provides. Charlotte enthuses that she loves how domiciliary care enables people to remain in their own home and live as independently as possible.

Charlotte says “We may be the only person a service user sees all day and I always appreciate how happy and grateful they are. This gives me the motivation I have to provide the best personalised support for each individual.”
 

Testimonials

"Dad was admitted to hospital having been found by one of your team. Please could you pass on our thanks to the Carer for sorting things out, calling for an ambulance and staying with dad."

VF (former client), Oxfordshire

"Could you kindly pass on thanks to the Manager and all at SureCare from my mother and the family for the beautiful flowers. They went perfectly with the card from the Queen!"

SG, Oxfordshire