Who we are

Prama is a registered charity (No. 801967) providing domiciliary care services in Dorset, a range of clubs and activities in local communities, and pre-loved goods through our charity shops.

Our aim is to help older people, vulnerable adults and people with acquired brain injury to live independently in their own home with the outstanding care they need and deserve.  We encourage support from family and friends and aim to create links with the local community through our range of community services including pop-in, special interest and dementia clubs.  See PramaCARE for details on our domiciliary care service and PramaLIFE for more details on all our community services.

The Care Quality Commission recently gave us an 'Outstanding' rating under the 'Care' category in their inspection and we’re delighted that in a survey of over 500 clients, 99% say they would recommend us

Our Vision

A world where no-one is unfairly disadvantaged or excluded, because of age or infirmity, and where every person can enjoy life as they age.

Our Mission

As a Christian Charity we enable those who live with vulnerability or isolation enjoy their independence, lead fulfilling lives and fully contribute to society.

Gender Pay Gap Reporting 2017-2018

Prama is delighted to achieve figures significantly better than the national average. In practice the average of female staff rates is actually slightly higher than the male average. This is due to there being  more women filling middle management, training and administration roles, which carry pay rates above the averages for care work and shop staff. Pramacare has a predominantly female workforce with men representing only 8.5% of the total.

Download the full report here

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How We Came About

Prama came about thanks to the late Dr. Chris Moran who launched Pramacare in 1982, initially to offer help to recently discharged hospital patients. Help was provided at that time from a handful of local church volunteers. Since then our volunteer family has grown to over 100 and we now employ nearly 300 staff working out of our Head Office in Poole or our local offices in Blandford and Kinson, or our charity shops in Ringwood, Poole, West Moors, Kinson, Tuckton, Parkstone or Ashley Cross.

Prama has built a reputation for home care on a strong and solid foundation of Christian values. That’s not to say we’re an exclusively religious organisation - our clients and staff come from a range of faiths, or no faith - but it is our core values that have enabled us to develop the reputation that we are proud to have.

Who's Who

As a charity, we are governed by a Board of Trustees who support the Senior Management Team and staff to deliver our services.

Board of Trustees

Mr Bob Allam  

Carola Campbell               

Mr Nick Johnson

Mrs Norma Lee - Chair of HR Committee

Mr Ian Melville - Chair of Finance and Business Development             

Mr Andrew Morris - Chair of PramaCARE Committee        

Mr Tim Sharp           

Rev John Simmons - Chair of Board

Rev Peter Southcombe - Chair of PramaLIFE Committee

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Senior Management Team

Mr Steve Robinson - Chief Executive Officer

Mrs Paula Jones - Chief Operating Officer

Mr Alan Murray - Director of Finance

Mr Ben Lloyd - Director of Care

Our Vision

A world where no-one is unfairly disadvantaged or excluded because of age or infirmity and where every person can enjoy life as they age.

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Development Workers

AboutPramaCTA1In addition to the primary care services that Prama provide, we also fund Development Workers to research and develop new ideas for our operations. The DW’s will explore new ideas and initiatives that Prama can pursue in order to provide our customers with the best services possible.

Whilst we provide funding for certain periods of time, the Development Workers are looking for ventures that can ultimately become sustainable in the near future in order for them to facilitate growth for Prama, both financially and experientially. Successfully achieving this will mean our customers will have more and more services to benefit from in the future and, as a result, this will allow the Prama experience will develop.

New Services

A few examples of the Development Worker’s successful projects are the introduction of social events such as coffee clubs and knitting groups that are available to the residents. These require a small entry fee which enables the groups to be self sustaining with no further funding from Prama required.

We have recently partnered with an amazing organisation called Age Concern Poole to synergise our efforts into one collaborative experience. Age Concern provides residents with a range of different opportunities including a bus system and small events called pop-ins. These pop-ins do not require any membership fees and they allow residents to partake in activities such as parties, bingo and lunches.

PramaBan2In addition, Prama helped establish a service called FACE (Family and Community Enrichment) which can be found in Immanuel Church, Southbourne. FACE hold meetings for carers and people experiencing bereavement as well as sessions where speakers can give advice to those in need.

Our collaboration with Development Workers is an on going process and shows how Prama are continually looking for ways to improve the quality of our customers experience and grow the business at the same time.

You can learn more about our development workers and the work they do by clicking here.

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