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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Poole Conversation

It’s not often that you get the Assistant Chief Constable, the Mayor, the hospital Chief Executive, the Leader of the Council, the Principal of the College and numerous other movers and shakers in one room with representatives from churches, voluntary groups, business and statutory sectors for a big conversation on working together.

However that’s what happened on Wednesday 29th June at Poole’s Thistle Hotel, as over 150 of the towns leaders, influencers and charities (including Prama) and churches came together for the Poole Conversation. The first event of its kind in the area, celebrated over 300 current activities that the churches of Poole are already running in the town thanks to over 200,000 volunteer hours!  This strategic conversation had the aim of looking at what still needed to be done to properly care for our communities and how we can use all the available resources of faith, voluntary, business, and statutory sectors to make things happen on the ground.

Speaker Group with Steve Robinson

Debra Green OBE from national charity Redeeming Our Communities (ROC) was asked by Jackie Leswell, the chair of Churches Together in Poole, to come and facilitate this conversation.  ROC have run over 150 of these across the country and have huge experience of working with the police and other partners to bring change to individual lives.

So, with the support of local charities Prama and Livability, the invitations went out to all sectors to join in. The Faithworks Wessex team undertook an audit of existing church activity in the community that showed a plethora of community help including at least 20 parent and toddler groups with 900 attending regularly and 13 lunch clubs with over 325 attendees.

The conversation asked “what are the gaps and big issues facing the town?” “What projects could meet those gaps?” and “What resources have we got to meet them?”

The aim was not just to talk, but to identify and prioritise projects that the attending organisations could achieve together and meet a real need for the people of Poole with the minimum of cost and red tape.

Steve Robinson, CEO of local charity Prama, the lead sponsor of the event said “In such a confusing national situation I see this is a ray of hope. We have to confront the realities of ever-reducing social care funding trying to meet ever-growing need within our communities -particularly in issues of ageing, loneliness and social exclusion. To have a day like this, where key strategic leaders and folk from the grass-roots are committing to work together, is an excellent model for the future”.

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