Retain Wellbeing has three directors, combining to offer a vast range of expertise:
Caroline has worked in all three sectors of business, i.e. public, private and charitable/not for profit. After completing her degree in Business, she worked her way up in health and fitness and then in the Family Entertainment business. She worked as the Facilities Manager for Mersey Ferries and was responsible for all operational aspects of the three Ferry Terminals, U-boat Story Visitor Attraction and Spaceport, as well as being the Contracts Manager...
After almost ten years working for Mersey Ferries, she wanted to work in a field where people would benefit from her experience and accepted the post of Area Manager for Alternative Futures Group (AFG).
AFG supports adults with learning disabilities, mental health needs (including dementia), acquired brain injuries and autism, to live as independently as possible. They support people to maintain tenancies of their own in small group houses, to give families some hours of respite through outreach support and to ensure all have the opportunity to connect to their community. The age range that Caroline supported covered 18-89 years old. She oversaw the support for those who just needed help paying bills and living safely, to those who would offer challenging behaviour when upset and those requiring personal care and additional needs, such as peg feeds and insulin administration. It was during her time with AFG that she completed her QCF level 5 in Leadership and Management in Social Care.
A restructure of the organisation resulted in Caroline looking for further opportunities and, since she sincerely believes in the ethos of maintaining wellbeing for all, accepted the role of Service Development Manager with Retain Wellbeing CIC.
Cathrina Moore is a Admiral Nurse, Registered Mental Health & General Nurse, having attained a degree in Professional Practice Specialising in the care of Older People. Cathrina is the founder of Retain Wellbeing CIC (Community Interest Company) which aims to provide sustainable community based initiatives in our locality. As a Parish Councillor, she is an active participant in our community, working hard to action points raised, not just minute them...
Cathrina initially embarked upon a career in catering having worked in NHS catering, Care catering and Cafes attaining a number qualification in food hygiene catering, food and beverage service.
Over the last 21 years Cathrina has established two highly reputable specialist dementia care homes in Cheshire. Her experience as a Community Psychiatric Nurse, Memory Clinic Specialist Nurse & Nurse Manager has grown considerably in this time. She has continued to develop professionally by achieving Admiral Nurse status, working in Partnership with Dementia UK.
In 2015, Cathrina collaborated with ARCH Initiatives, a Wirral-based charity, and instigated the formation of GIFT Network which operates in South Wirral tacking social isolation. There are five target groups, one of which is older people. The learning from this has enabled Cathrina to refine Retain Wellbeing's approach to support for older people and those with mental health conditions, whilst being mindful that some may also be part of the other marginalised groups.
Passionate about health improvement, wellbeing, innovation and, crucially, the input from those receiving support and those who are significant to them; Cathrina takes time to engage with individuals to ensure all support is person centred.
Cathrina is conversant with various forms of movement and cognitive stimulation therapy programmes, able to take Ageless Grace classes herself and train others. She has carried out extensive research on various approaches to social isolation and is keen to develop more evidence-based approaches to tackle the growing concern around social isolation in our society.
Kim Dawson is an Admiral Nurse and Registered Mental Health Nurse. She has worked in the health care industry since the late 1990s, having completed her Degree and Master Studies gaining her Registered Mental Health Nursing qualification. Areas of work she has experience in are: acute adult psychiatry, community based mental health nursing, and drug and alcohol detoxification...
Kim now specialises in Dementia Care and Care of the Older Person. She has been registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) as the Registered Manager of Chapel House Nursing Home since 2010 and more latterly, Chapel House Care Ltd also.
To ensure her knowledge is current, Kim has continued with her Professional Development by attending numerous seminars and workshops across the country, where she has been informed of all the best practice information available. These seminars allowed her the opportunity to listen to Europe's leading authorities on Care of Older People.
In addition, working alongside Dementia UK, Kim has achieved her Admiral Nursing Qualification to support those living with dementia and their carers. This has been most useful while setting up and running the Day Care Service currently offered alongside the Care Home setting.