Caring Charlie takes reins at Swindon care business

By Anita Jaynes on 21 February, 2014

A 25-year-old who left university to follow a career in care has been appointed the new manager at Bluebird Care Swindon.

Charlie Begbie had just started a degree in social work when she took on a part-time job as a carer and loved the role so much she left university to take it up full-time.

Seven years on, Charlie has now become Bluebird Care Swindon’s manager, running a team of some 20 carers and helping to deliver care to more than 50 customers in Swindon and the surrounding area. She has NVQ level 5 in health and social care and level 7 in management.

“When I started university I wanted to earn a bit of money in my spare time, so became a carer looking after elderly people,” said Charlie, who lives in Swindon. “I loved it so much that I wanted to do it full-time. I am passionate about care, it’s a real vocation. I had thought I wanted to work with children, but in fact it’s older people I want to work with.”

Charlie was quickly promoted from being a carer, to a senior carer, then to a co-ordinator for another Swindon care company. She then moved to a Hungerford care firm, where she was first deputy manager, then promoted to manager, overseeing the setting up of a new branch in Leamington Spa.

The management position at Bluebird Care Swindon has given her an opportunity to work again in her home town.

“I am loving it so far,” she said. “I still enjoy going out and delivering care, as I like to be very hands on and caring is my passion. I love making a difference to those we offer services to, whether that’s to someone who needs minimal support, or nearing the end of their life needing palliative care. I like to be able to support my team, and truly believe they are the success behind me as a successful manager.”

Bluebird Care Swindon’s managing director Ben Curtis said: “After conducting a rigorous selection process it soon became obvious which candidate stood out in terms of not only their management ability but also their passion for caring for people, a passion that we all share within Bluebird Care Swindon. In the short time Charlie has been with us she has identified areas where significant improvements can be made.

“Charlie has spent a week at our head offices in Petersfield going through a training programme to ensure that we continually uphold the high standard of care that Bluebird Care insist upon throughout the 180 branches within the UK

“We welcome Charlie as a valuable member of the Bluebird Care Team and wish her well in driving the business forward.”

Bluebird Care Swindon, which has offices in the railway village, is currently recruiting more staff in order to be able to expand its service. For more information contact Charlie Begbie on 01793 698033 or email: charliebegbie@bluebirdcare.co.uk