About Be Caring – An employee-owned social enterprise
What’s it like to work at an employee-owned social enterprise?
Being part of Be Caring isn’t like working at a regular care company. The reason being that our colleagues own the organisation, and it’s also a social enterprise.
Due to the fact that we’re an employee-owned social enterprise it means that all colleagues have a say in how the organisation is run. One of the main differences is that we put our mission first, not our profits. Yes of course we need to be a viable company, but this isn’t at the expense of our people, customers or colleagues. Therefore, we are definitely a “people first” organisation.
Be Caring used to be called Care and Share Associates (CASA) – we have been established for more than 14 years. Be Caring launched in January 2019 with a fresh new vision, and an ambition to shape the future of social care. We’re members of the Employee Ownership Association (EOA). This means we’re committed to making our organisation the best it can be for our employee-owners.
So why is being recognised as a social enterprise important?
Liz Minns, Head of Membership at Social Enterprise UK explains the benefits of social enterprise.
“Be Caring is part of a community of over 100,000 social enterprises across the UK which are showing that there is a way to combine financial sustainability with a focus on social good. Social enterprises like Be Caring are at the forefront of innovation and change in public services. As a member of Social Enterprise UK, Be Caring shows its commitment to best practice in the sector and strengthening the voice of social enterprise.”
Campaigning for change
Our CEO, Sharon Lowrie, comments that …
“We have highly skilled colleagues who have the ability to support and transform the health and social care system. Most notably they are under-valued because the sector isn’t viewed on a par with the NHS. Through better commissioning, and working in partnership with our health colleagues, we can make a difference.”
We’ll achieve this by supporting our colleagues, developing skills and creating partnerships. Already we’re hearing some amazing stories of how valued our colleagues are beginning to feel. While we may not be able to offer the highest rates of pay because of the way the sector is funded, we are however committed to campaigning for change at a national level. More importantly, our partnership with the GMB Union encourages colleagues to become members. Read about our GMB Union campaign for fairer pay and partnership here.
Lance Gardner, Chair, led a partnership with Sunderland College, ensuring all our colleagues have the chance to qualify in their chosen field. Examples include social work, nursing, and other health and care related careers. Read more about our Sunderland College partnership here.
Everyone who works at Be Caring is represented by our elected colleague forum, “The Voice”.
- We’re dedicated to changing the way social care is funded.
- “The Voice” our colleague forum of elected members holds our management to account and it’s Chair sits on our Board.
- Each branch service has an elected member on The Voice, together with a Management representative.
- Developing new initiatives to engage with our colleagues
“On the day when Liverpool launched as Be Caring it was very busy but I loved every second of it! It was great to see all the carers, all clean and fresh in their new jackets and excited to see what the future holds.”
Lindsay, Supervisor – Liverpool
“I started with Casa Liverpool nearly 2 years ago. I love my job and find it very rewarding. I work with some amazing people and Casa is a great place to work, everyone is friendly
The day that Liverpool Launch was great, really busy and good to see all the other carers and office staff. Really excited about what the future hold for us all as Be Caring”
Paul, Homecare Support Worker- Liverpool
I have worked for Casa for 5 years. I started as a carer, I am now a Field Care Supervisor and I love everything about my new job role. Since becoming a supervisor, there has been a lot of transitions made, however it has been fantastic to be part of the team. We have changed from Casa to Be Caring and we have changed uniforms which are really nice and comfortable. Everyone is treated as equal here. I have been given the opportunity to further my career, I recommended anyone who wants to work in the caring field to contact Be Caring and become part of our growing team
Althea, Field Care Supervisor – Manchester
I started at Casa as a carer 18 months ago an am now a Senior Carer. Casa has become more like a family to me, from my colleagues to the wonderful clients that I am lucky to get to meet daily.
We are undergoing a lot of wonderful changes from CASA to Be Caring, and the launch was a big hit with all the staff, we all agree the new uniforms are pretty cool too! I’m excited for the future of the company, my colleagues and most of all, he clients. They rely on us everyday to make it one to remember because some memories can last a lifetime.
Laila, Senior Carer – Manchester
I started working at Casa liverpool in June 2017 as a carer. Within 3 months I was promoted to supervisor then Care Co-ordinator. I have been so lucky to get the help and support of all my colleagues and management to get where I am today. I have met some great people and made life long friends along the way. Casa is now going through some great and exciting changes as with the rebranding, new name and uniform and making our company bigger and better. I know our staff and clients are excited about this change and we will continue to work hard to make Be Caring the best domicillary Care agency in Liverpool.
Clare, Liverpool – Care Co-Ordinator
Our Clinical Director and Chair
“We’re shaping the future of care, not just social care. Integration of health-services with domestic and social-care is at the forefront of our ambitions. Above all, the health and wellbeing of our customers and colleagues is what drives us. We’re diffferent. We’re aiming to meet all of our customers’ needs rather than just some of them.”
Lance Gardner, Clinical Director and Chair