We are pleased to introduce Jo Craythorne, our Plymouth Branch Manager.

Jo moved to Devon earlier this year from South Gloucestershire. The move meant leaving the care company that she loved working for, having worked her way up from Care worker, Supervisor, and into management positions, including Customer Quality Manager and latterly as Registered Manager, taking her branch from CQC “Good” to “Outstanding”.  Jo has taken some time out to enjoy the opportunities that the move to Plymouth provided. Jo spent  time homemaking and exploring the South Devon coast and Dartmoor as well as going on walking weekends with her partner Dean – in whatever weather!

But Jo didn’t stay away from caring or helping others for long. Jo was soon volunteering at the Plymouth branch of Age UK. She also maintained her links with her local Parish church in Yate where Jo was the Administrator and Wedding Verger.

We were all delighted to have met Jo for the first time last month and her decision to say “yes” when we asked Jo if she would manage our Plymouth branch.

Jo had made the decision not to return to the “typical” care situation. We were delighted that Jo decided to investigate Friends when the opportunity to manage the branch became available. Jo liked the unique and sustainable way that Friends work: valuing carers and clients alike, with unrushed client visits, the continuity of care and choice of service providers that have been introduced and known to every client. Jo loved the way that we are able to add value for our customers so that they have everything that’s needed to remain living well at home as Jo is passionate about delivering person centred care in the client’s own home. “If I hadn’t found ‘Friends’ I probably wouldn’t have returned to my career in care. Its great to be part of a business that do make a significant difference and deliver on what they say.”

Jo maintains her healthy appetite for being active in the local community, her faith and being part of her extended family. We are delighted to welcome Jo into the Friends family as a professional and as someone who shares our ethos and has the ability to manage and develop the Plymouth area.

You can find out more about the services we offer in Plymouth or the career opportunities to join our growing team of care professionals in Plymouth.

Contact Jo, Telephone (01752) 648 320 or email plymouth@friendshelpingathome.co.uk

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