The Care and Wellbeing Co-operative has a new Project Co-ordinator.
Pitlochry-based Hayley Groves took up post with the innovative initiative at the start of December and brings a range of experience to the role.
A trained speech and language therapist with her own business, Hayley has also worked with the NHS in both England and Scotland and has significant experience in the health and care field. She also has a background in media and communications.
She has been a member of the Care and Wellbeing Coop and says that she is very excited about what the future holds for it.
Working alongside local communities, the Health and Social Care Partnership, private care providers and voluntary sector groups, the Care and Wellbeing Co-op, which was set up in 2015, aims to support people, in particular older people and those with additional needs and health problems, to lead the life they want in their local community.
It also aims to create and support a network of micro-businesses and social enterprises delivering a range of services within the care and wellbeing sectors, and in a variety of different ways.
Its members – who are based in all parts of rural Perthshire from Kinross to Kirkmichael, Crieff to Coupar Angus and everywhere in between – offer everything from respite support, community care services, independent living solutions and befriending to sports massage, counselling, stress management, herbal medicine and therapeutic gardening.
As Project Co-ordinator, Hayley will be responsible for assisting rural communities across Perthshire to identify care needs and offer place-based solutions. The position also includes responsibility for raising awareness of self-directed support (SDS) and the work of the Co-op itself.
Thanks to Clare McMicking of CraicN Communications for the photo