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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99% say they would recommend Prama to a friend

Twiddlemitts Are Taking The Area By Storm!

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So, what is a Twiddlemitt? Knitted mittens with items of varying texture attached inside and out. They are knitted by volunteers using bright coloured wool and lots of attachments. The aim is for dementia patients to keep their hands warm and have things to fiddle with – a common need in dementia. 

Benefits

Researchers have found that Twiddlemitts provide simple stimulation for people with dementia and other memory conditions. They minimise agitation, increase flexibility of the fingers and soothe fidgety hands.

The Alzheimer’s Society state that:

Sensory stimulation is important for people with dementia, and can improve wellbeing and quality of life. During the later stages of dementia, people often develop increased difficulties with reasoning and language, meaning that they may be unable to process information or communicate through words. They will still have some or all of their senses.

 http://www.alzheimers.org.uk/site/scripts/documents_info.php?documentID=115

Attached to the inside and outside of the Twiddlemitts can be pompoms, bells, zips, ribbons, buttons and beads. These items ensure that patients have a gentle, reassuring distraction.

Paula from Prama said:

“Twiddlemits have been invented to reduce agitation and restlessness, and therefore stress amongst dementia patients.

They can be invaluable to some patients as it reduces restlessness and increases their flexibility”

If you are interested in creating a Twiddlemitt for a dementia patient, the knitting pattern couldn’t be simpler:

  • For the cuff, cast on 40 stitches. You’ll either need to use chunky wool or 2 strands of double knitting wool.
  • For 11 inches, work in stocking stitch. Stocking stitch is where you alternate between plain and pearl.
  • For the muff body, continue in stocking stitch using leftovers of various textures of wool. You could use a combination of chunky and mohair.
  • Do this until it measures 23 inches and then cast off.
  • Neatly sew together and turn inside out.
  • Add your bits and bobs! (Ribbons, buttons etc)

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Pramacare is hoping that volunteers will get out their needles and put their knitting skills to good use. You’ll just need your needles along with some wool and a variety of bits and bobs you can attach. Be creative, but just make sure each item is secure.

If you’ve made a Twiddlemitt for us, please pop in or send it to one of our offices or shops. Click here for contact details.

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