On the weekend Country Home Services attended the Tanunda Show for the first time, and despite the overcast weather and a bit of rain, it was a lovely day that gave us a chance to connect with our local community. In the photo to our left you can see two of our hardest workers on the day - Ashley our CEO and Leith, one of our board members and no stranger to country shows. Leith has been showing his pigeons at shows for most of his life and has been judging at country shows for just as long, so he was very much at home for the day and was a wonderful advocate for us in explaining to people how we can help them with our services.
There were plenty of postive connections made on the day and even Ashley got into the show spirit and entered into the egg competition and even took out 2nd place. We love getting out and about and meeting you all so in the future we will be looking for more ways to connect with our country communities so watch this space.....
Last week our CEO Ashley Clarence was out and about again but this time he was helping our contractor Amanda clean a couple of our client's homes. The day went very well and as each of our clients receive services that are tailored to their needs, this visit gave Ashley another introduction into what kind or services our organisations provides.
In chatting to one of our clients that met Ashley that day, Patricia (shown in the photo on the left,) she commented that "everything went well and Ashley is a good cleaner." "I tell everyone about Country Home Services as I am very happy with the services I receive." "Country Home Services gives an A1 service and is very reliable."
Amanda, who was showing Ashley the ropes was very happy stating that "Ashley can come work with me anytime."
Below are a few more photos of Ashley in action during his visit to various client's homes last week.
Recently our new CEO, Ashley Clarence went out with one of our contractors (also called Ashley) to find out exactly what we do to support our clients. However it wasn't just a typical visit, instead he rolled up his sleeves and did some hard work together with our contractor Ashley. Infact Wally, our client that you see with Ashley in the picture, told me that he had them both working hard and found many jobs for them to do. Plus he also commented "I was very happy with what they both did and it was quite a good job." "I would be happy to have Ashley back to do some more work in the future."
Ashley is planning some more visits with our contractors over the next couple of months which no doubt the clients will love the extra help and we will keep you all up to date.
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.