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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
Following the take on of the Barrington, Prama recognised how important the Coffee Shop was to the local community. However, it had not been painted for many years and was getting quite tired. After carrying out user surveys, public consultation a new look was agreed upon as well as the rebranding to Penny's, the name that the coffee shop had for many years before being called Raffles.
This work has now been completed and the coffee shop was reopened by the Mayor of Ferndown. We are proud of the changes we have made and have employed a new Hospitality and Catering Manager at the Barrington to take Penny's forward. In the coming months we expect to see a few more small changes and the introduction of a new menu.
If you're passing the Barrington, why not drop in for a coffee.