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aVida Care, First Floor, 7a Mercia Road, Gloucester, GL1 2SQ

Registered in England and Wales, Company No. 06711125

Regulated by the Care Quality Commission

Provider ID: 1-141811268

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We are pleased to announce we have been selected as a partner organisation to Skills for Care to help engage younger people into careers in adult social care and increase the profile of apprenticeships for 16-25 year olds nationally. We have been chosen along with 12 providers in the Phase I cohort across the UK within both domiciliary care and home care.

We are only 1 of 2 Providers selected in the South of England for this project.  As part of the project we are committing to engage younger people into the adult social care workforce and develop our workforce development aspirations for the future, to enhance the career options for all staff and feed into the national pilot and engage organisations UK-wide.  For more information, please visit www.skillsforcare.org.uk.

22nd October 2013
Skills for Care - Career Progression in Care

Thanks to the support of our clients and the loyalty and hard work of our staff, we are now ready to launch our new name.  On the 12th August, St. Vincent’s will become aVida Care.  We hope this new name marks and reflects our new personalised, outcomes-focused and integrated care based service model.

Our ambition is to offer integrated health and social care, which provides opportunity for our care workers to develop, reduces the risk of crisis with the people we serve and will help reduce the long term cost of care for those paying the bills.  Through all this change, our overarching goal is to make living better for clients and their loved ones and to provide fulfilling employment for our staff.

12th August 2013
St. Vincent’s Care becomes aVida Care

As part of National Apprenticeships Week (3rd-7th March), this year aVida Care attended the National Apprenticeship summit held in Bloomsbury, London. The summit featured an introduction by Sharon Allen, Skills for Care CEO, and Professor David Croisdale-Appleby, Independent Chair.  

Vibrant discussion followed between care providers, training and education providers, Local Authorities and Skills for Care facilitators throughout the day, to debate the challenges faced across the country and how innovation was meeting the needs of engaging a younger, changing workforce.  

Over 100 representatives attended on the day with a focus on enhancing quality, innovation, and to celebrate the future of apprenticeships. Find out more about apprenticeships here.

4th March 2014
aVida attends the Apprenticeship Summit

We represented aVida Care at The Health + Care Show 2014.  The Show is the largest national event for health and care professionals. They provide a world class learning and networking environment. Over 300 speakers deliver “live” case studies, insightful debates and offer practical solutions to current challenges.

Attending The Health + Care Show was a great opportunity for us to learn about new legislation, and  products and also the opportunity to hear and learn about others’ experiences in the sector.

26th June 2014
Health+Care Show, 25-26th June, Excel London

aVida Care is registered with the UK Home Care Association and regulated in the UK by the Care Quality Commission.  We are contracted to provide services to Gloucestershire County Council and NHS Gloucestershire Continuing Healthcare services.  For more info, click here.

We attended Gloucester College to showcase our new Apprenticeship strategy in partnership with Skills for Care. School leavers aged between 16 - 18 had the opportunity to meet some of the aVida Care team and learn about what it takes to be a carer.

If you are interested in becoming a carer we have exciting opportunities on our new Apprenticeship programme. In addition to learning how to become a carer you also  get to learn the skills on how to run a Health & Social Care business.

To find out more click here

4th April 2014
What’s Next Jobs Fair - Gloucestershire College

Massive congratulations to Lynn Keogh who has made the shortlist for ‘outstanding contribution award’ - she had stiff competition. The winners will be announced on 20th May at an award ceremony at Cheltenham Racecourse. Good luck to Lynn - We are very proud of you!

14th May 2015
GCPA Awards Finalists Announced 2015

aVida Care re-located our office to a more Central location.  We decided to move to a more central location and felt that this would give the opportunity for clients and staff to reach us with ease.

Following our move to Mercia Road, aVida Care can be easily found and spotted.Our staff appreciate the move too as now were in walking distance from Gloucester town centre.

17th November 2014
aVida Care gets the City feel

We attended the GCPA Care Awards 2015 it was held at the Cheltenham Racecourse.

We were there to represent aVida Care and show our support and gratitude to one of our carers Lyn Keogh who was nominated for  “outstanding contribution award”

We were informed in April that Lyn had been short listed as one of the finalists. We were very excited and all fingers were crossed.

Lynn Keogh has been with the company for over 10 years now and like many of  our other staff is a great credit to our team.

To our delight Lynn won the award! - Congratulations Lynn! Well deserved.

20th May 2015
Outstanding Contribution For Lynn!
20th October 2015
AVida shortlisted for national accolade

aVida are delighted to have been shortlisted for the national 2015 Skills for Care Accolade in the category - Best Employer Support for Apprenticeships.

The Skills for Care Accolades reward the best of the best employers who are committed to delivering high quality care and developing their workforce.  We have been shortlisted as one of the top 3.  The winners will be announced at the Awards Ceremony on 10th March 2016.

3rd September 2015
Recent Article in The Guardian!

aVida has a prominent mention in a recent article which addresses why so few young people are taking up social care apprenticeships, and why more people should see apprenticeships as a recognized route into social care.  Kim Thomas interviews aVida Care’s Managing Director Jacqui Adams, who talks about our nationally recognized apprenticeship scheme.

You can read the full online article here.

12th October 2015
AVida selected as employer champion

Our innovative approach to workforce development has been recognised by Skills for Care, who have chosen aVida as an apprenticeship employer champion .

For more information on what it takes to become an employer champion contact Jacqui Adams.

20th September 2015
Another aVida innovation!

We are very excited to launch a collaborative project with Gloucester Hospitals NHS Trust and Lifetime Training. This project will introduce integrated rotational apprenticeships in health and social care in early 2016.  We aim to recruit 4 apprentices to complete their level 2 in health & social care.  These young people will have the unique opportunity of working on a rotation between both the acute hospital and with aVida in domiciliary care, supported by Lifetime Training. The rotations will be for 6 months in each location. Interviews will be held in January 2016!

17th November 2015
Eating healthily - supporting our local community

On 17th November we ran another of our community healthy eating events in collaboration with Tesco, and a good time, and some tasty cheese, was had by all.  These sessions are open to all older people in the community and sessions are held every 2 to 3 months.  Our  next session will be around early February at Tesco St Oswald's branch and we will let you know the actual date as soon as we have it.  Thanks to all those that came on Tuesday.  See you all soon!

23rd  February 2016
Well done Ruby!

We are very pleased to announce that Ruby Hodkison has just successfully completed her Level 2 apprenticeship in business administration.  Mulit-talented Ruby is now combining her valued administrator role in the office with delivering care to our clients.  Congratulations Ruby.

3rd  March 2016
Jacqui Adams keynote speaker at Gloucester event

On March 3rd Jacqui, as a leading innovator in the field, was invited by Gloucestershire County Council to speak at an all-day event on Recruitment and Retention, which was jointly hosted by the Council  and Skills for Care.

The event was well attended by care providers from all sectors and Jacqui talked in particular about  much of the valuable work we have been doing on apprenticeships.

10th  March 2016
Skills for Care Accolades Awards Winners announced

On behalf of aVida Jacqui Adams and Amanda Wall attended the National awards ceremony for skills for care Accolades held in Birmingham.  There they met up with Skills for Care project lead Jackie Pratt.  AVida made the final 3 - we didn't win, but we are very proud to make it onto the podium out of  2,000 entries!  This is a real tribute to all our hard work spent developing and delivering the apprenticeship programme.  Thanks to everyone who has been involved.

20th  March 2016
Montanna - our Apprentice Champion

It’s National Apprentice Week and we are delighted that Montana Carty has been selected as an apprentice Champion.  Montana attended skills for care London office and was video interviewed about her experience as an apprentice.  These videos will be appearing on the national skills for care website - please look out for them  under Apprentice Champions.  Montana has been invited to be an I Care Ambassador -and we think she would perform this role brilliantly.  Montana has done a fantastic job, and all at aVida are very proud of her - well done Montana!

14th February 2017
Largest attendance yet for our latest event

We had a really good attendance for our latest community event, held on 14 February at Tesco St Oswald’s.  There were very useful and interesting talks on Power of Attorney's and living wills, options and funding of care and support. Remember all our sessions are free and open to all older people.  Our next session will be held at the main library next to our very talented client Andy Berry’s art exhibition.

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aVida Care is proud to be a part of the Social Care Commitment.

“The Social Care Commitment's primary purpose is to ensure public confidence that people who need care and support services will always be supported by skilled people who treat them with dignity and respect.

Employers promise to give their workers the development they need and staff promise to put social care values into practice in their daily work.”

To find out what's involved with making the commitment visit the Social Care Commitment website

29th April 2014
aVida signs up to the Social Care Commitment
16th December 2016
Christmas event

Our Christmas event was held on Tuesday 13th December.  The group enjoyed a wonderful Xmas lunch organised by Glynis and Bob, followed by chocolates, mince pies and coffee.

3rd  March 2017
Georgina - another apprentice success

To mark National Apprentice Week we celebrate the achievements of Georgina Grant who is part of our integrated nursing and care rota that we have developed with Gloucester Hospital.  Georgina has now successfully completed her social care rotation and is about to start at the hospital.  We are very proud of her and she has come on in leaps and bounds since coming to us 6 months ago.  It is sad to see you go George but we wish you all the best on the wards!