Country Home Services announces the appointment of Mr Ashley Clarence as Chief Executive Officer. Ashley commenced his role on Monday 30 November and will be based at the Nuriootpa office as well as travelling to Kadina and Clare regional offices.
His experience of working within not for profit organisations in senior leadership and management roles will benefit the future of Country Home Services.
The Board of Directors, staff and contractors welcome Ashley to our team and our communities.
We also wish our previous Chief Executive Office, Mr Craig Stanbridge all the best in his retirement.
Margaret Zweck, Chair Board of Directors
Meet our new CEO, Ashley Clarence
After working for The Salvation Army for the last 7 years, with the last 3 years as their National Manager for Disability Employment Services, Ashley has had a role that has seen him travel all over the nation. While rewarding work, he generally didn’t see the impacts of his work as he was helping other people’s communities. So when this CEO position came up, Ashley was drawn to work with Country Home Services as he was wanted to move to role that has a strong local community connection in regional South Australia.
Motivated to work for a not for profit local organisation, Ashley stated “I want to bring the skills I have learnt from helping people with the Salvos and apply them locally. Plus I am looking forward to a quieter, more connected role where I can see the results that my contribution will make to our community.” “From regularly visiting many capital cities around Australia, I much prefer the quiet country life in SA (I love not having to wait at traffic lights.)”
We all welcome Ashley to our organisation, and are very much excited to see where his leadership takes us.
An annoucement from our Chairman, Margaret Zweck:
It is with much regret that we say farewell to our CEO Craig after many years of professional and supportive leadership.
We have indeed been extremely fortunate for Craig’s passion in aged care and health to ensure CHS ethos were continually upheld. Our business of supporting people in our communities to live the life they want in their homes has always been at the forefront of his decision making.
The Board of Directors has enjoyed a good working relationship with Craig, respected his integrity and always appreciated his caring attitude and support to staff and contractors. His management has ensured CHS continues to be successful in the ever-changing aged care environment.
We take this opportunity to sincerely thank you Craig for your leadership, commitment, communication, and advice provided throughout the 5 years of managing our business and in the manner you did so.
Craig, we will miss you, but do wish you good health and happiness in your retirement and many more days on the golf course!
Margaret Zweck, Chairman Board of Directors
*Photo: Margaret Zweck with Craig Stanbridge.
Our new office at 12 Taylor Street, Kadina is finally opened and last week, the whole staff had the opportunity to travel over to Kadina to take a look. You will see our Yorke Peninsula staff captured in the photograph to the left by the YP Times and below is most of the staff just outside the Kadina new office door when we had a chance to visit the office.
CEO, Craig Stanbridge, said this to say about the opening “Country Home Services has had a presence on the Yorke Peninsula for 30 years, and working in Kadina for the last 4 years. Over these 4 years we have been fortunate to utilise office accommodation with Accustom, but as a result of recent growth, and staff movement to Kadina, it became clear that it was time to source accommodation with a greater capacity to support increased staff numbers”. He continues, “We are extremely happy to now be working from our new office at 12 Taylor Street, Kadina and continuing to be able to meet the needs of those residing on the Yorke Peninsula.”
This development is an example of our commitment to supporting older people in all parts of the Yorke Peninsula. In doing so, we deliver on our purpose – with our support, people live the life that they want.
If you or anyone you know is looking to access aged care services, we can help you. Call us on 1300 773 202 and we can make an appointment for you to speak with our aged care specialists either over the phone or at our new office.
Our May Newsletter has just been released which has our latest information on our services and our organisation.
One of the top articles that is featured is that we are trialling a new role at Country Home Services - the Home Care Package (HCP) Enquiry Advisor. Tammy (pictured) can assist anyone who wishes to know more about Home Care Packages, including advising you on how you can make the most of your Home Care Package and letting you know the measures you should have in place to ensure an easy transfer when you receive your notification.
Based in Nuriootpa and a regular holiday maker to the Yorke Peninsula and Clare Valley, Tammy has worked in the Veteran’s Home Care, CHSP and the HCP program so has an in-depth knowledge of how everything fits together. Tammy has also provided in-home support as a contractor so has experience with what it feels like to deliver services and what it means to customers.
To access May's Newsletter to read more, please follow this link - May Valley to Coast Newsletter
As mentioned in previous posts, in Celebrating 30 years as a organisation we decided to put together a magazine that honoured both our history and our customers. If you haven't had a chance to view the magazine, then click on the magazine image here:
Country Home Services had its beginnings as a project known as Country Home Advocacy Project (CHAP). Supported and funded by the Commonwealth Government, it was established as a trial to test the community options approach within country communities of South Australia. The service was designed to focus on the individual needs of frail elderly people and younger people with disabilities who were at risk of premature entry into care facilities.
Led by Garham Guest, the new service delivery model drove a partnership between Hospital advocates and direct care service providers. Advocates were based in Gawler (Penny Warnecke), Balaklava (Pam Uppill), Clare (Cathy Neligan) and Angaston (Sandra Obst) Hospitals and brokered services to those looking to remain living independently in their home.
To celebrate our 30th Birthday, we thought of no better way to do it than to honour our customer's journey. So we gathered together some of our amazing customers for a special photo shoot and recorded their stories so that we can share them within our special 30th Birthday magazine. The day was full of laughs and good conversation and here is some of the photos of the day..