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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Age Concern's Buss Bus Service

CommunityGroupsCTA2Age Concern Poole offer elderly residents in Poole a variety of services including organised social trips, lunch and bingo sessions and they have also recently upgraded their mini-bus service to ensure the continuity of this increasingly popular method of transport.

The bus is affectionately known by staff and residents as the “Buss Bus” and includes a large seating area big enough for fourteen people. It can be booked every day of the week (excluding bank holidays and Christmas) and is used to transport residents to many different locations for social events and other trips. In addition, the minibus also includes a tail lift facility which can be used to assist residents with wheelchairs and other physical disabilities to enter and disembark from the vehicle.

Volunteers

The bus is operated entirely by volunteer drivers and Age Concern are always looking for new volunteers to help keep the vehicle running as it is a fundamental aspect of the service they provide. The Buss bus is able to provide mobility to residents who do not have access to their own vehicle which can prove to be extremely liberating as the service allows people to maintain their independence.

PramaClubsCTA2Due to the increasingly popular nature of the mini-bus and the fact it is in constant use, it will need to be replaced approximately every five years. Because of this, Age Concern Poole would greatly appreciate any donations you would be able to give so that we can continue to offer the residents the amazing events and day trips we currently provide.

We have recently formed a partnership with Age Concern Poole to form a new collaborative service called “Prama Plus”. You can find out more about Age Concern and the great work they do by clicking here.

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