COMPANY boss Amanda Stoneham has created a new workforce and provided more than 50 jobs for people whose careers have been seriously affected by the coronavirus via her business, Compassionate Care Group.

The company, which is still recruiting in the area, has also pioneered new and improved ways of working during the current crisis, which it hopes will transform the future of social care.

Established in 2010 by Amanda, who has lived in Knutsford with her family for four years, Compassionate Care is based on Mill Lane in Ashley and provides personal care and companionship services to people across Cheshire and Greater Manchester.

Compassionate Care has grown over the last decade since Amanda started out as a one-man-band, offering low-level support to private customers in Cheshire.

The company, which won a North West Family Business Award for the People’s Choice of Cheshire just before lockdown began, now reaches more than 150 vulnerable adults in their homes and supported living in Knutsford and other towns such as Hale, Altrincham, Sale, Timperley, Flixton and Urmston.

Amanda said: “None of us have ever faced a pandemic of this magnitude and severity. This unique crisis evolved very quickly, and we had to decide how best to approach it to keep customers and staff safe and ensure the company would survive the storm.

“Trafford Council approached us and asked how we would feel about creating a Rapid Homecare service to support people of the borough to get home from hospital safely.

“We readily accepted the challenge and began to look at how we could put together a team of care workers, safely but rapidly.

“To date we have enabled 62 clients to be safely discharged from hospital and return to their own homes under the Rapid Homecare pilot.”

Partnering with Harri.com, a talent technology company focused on the hospitality sector, Compassionate Care was able to reach a wide group of people seeking employment in new sectors.

Amanda said: “Very quickly we received a high number of applications from cabin crew, restaurant workers and bar staff across Cheshire and Trafford; individuals with transferable skills who, pre-pandemic, would never have considered a career in social care.

“This Herculean task has been so rewarding for us; it’s helped us sustain our business and more importantly, it’s enabled people to return to their homes safely at what is proving to be a very difficult time.

“It’s also created an army of new care workers who will hopefully continue working in this rewarding area, post-pandemic.

“We believe we could have created a new model of care and support that can help the NHS with the rapid and safe discharge of patients from hospital, and I believe this is the future of homecare. The pressures on the social care sector are immense.”

Compassionate Care is still recruiting care workers and office staff, and would welcome applications from Knutsford residents.