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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"I’m treated with respect and am well looked after”

Dorset charity, Prama to re-open Ferndown Barrington Centre with immediate effect

 

Dorset charity, Prama to re-open Ferndown Barrington Centre with immediate effect.  

  • Donations collected from the local community in the last few days will be ‘ring-fenced’ for the Centre. 
  • Centre staff will be retained and operating costs underwritten.
  • Centre to maintain identity and existing services will continue.

 
Following discussions with the Ferndown Community Association, Dorset charity Prama has agreed to take the Barrington Centre forward and re-open it to the public with immediate effect.

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Prama have agreed to retain the staff and underwrite the operating costs of the Centre.  The Ferndown Community Association voted unanimously to accept Prama’s offer as it would allow the Centre to maintain its identity as part of the Ferndown community and see the Centre's much loved services continue.
 
Steve Robinson, Chief Executive of Prama said, ”I am delighted that Prama is able to support the community of Ferndown and facilitate this wonderful centre’s future. I would like thank everyone, including the staff team, volunteers and public, who have worked so hard to help, and assure everybody who has made a donation or supported the Barrington Centre through this difficult time and that every penny of the donations made in recent days and months will be ring-fenced and used for the purpose they were given in securing the future for the centre. I would especially like to recognise the extraordinary efforts made by the Trustees who have remained so strong under pressure. Although many will know Prama as a charity that primarily provides care to older people, I can assure everyone that we will be supporting the Barrington to be a community centre for all ages."
 
Kathleen Taylor, Chairman of the FCA stated, “The FCA are thrilled that, with the support of Prama, we are able to reopen the Barrington centre and Raffles Café to the public, and to enable our tenants, Ferndown Town Council, the Community Support Police and Neighbourhood Watch to continue to provide their much need public services”.  


The Barrington Centre will open its doors this morning (Friday 27 January) at 9am; it is anticipated the café will be open for business from 10am, with a limited menu.  All tickets purchased will be honoured, coach trips scheduled and activity clubs will be reinstated, but we would advise you to contact your group leaders initially.

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