In 2008 we moved back to Kensington, Liverpool. I wanted to set up a charity shop which would provide good quality clothes and goods to the local community at affordable prices, with a small coffee area where people could talk, make friends and receive the love of God whether that be through prayer or just talking and being listened to.
At the same time I was the main carer for my Dad who was suffering from Vascular Dementia and I also purchased care for one and a half hours a day from a domiciliary care agency for morning, lunchtime and evening visits. He was admitted to hospital a few times and was discharged into a care home and then a nursing home where he died.
I very quickly noticed shortfalls in the services offered and together with a friend we started working on documents that would enable us to start a care home for the elderly. We knew the only way this would become a reality would be if we had a large injection of cash to purchase a property. As this could take years to raise we shelved this idea, but the desire to bring good quality care to elderly people remained as strong.
I then began to think about domiciliary care tailored to the needs of the client, which could be supported by some of the money raised in the charity shop.
The purpose of Age Matters’ Charity Shop is 2-Fold
To provide high quality second hand clothing and household goods etc. to the local people of Kensington and the neighboring areas, create a place where people can talk and be listened to and signpost people to different agencies;
To create finances to start up and support “Age Matters Care Service”
Why Do We Do What We Do
The reason we do what we do or the overriding “WHY” is to create a business that will help start and help fund us give good quality care for the elderly in Liverpool with a company that has integrity unlike others, who treats people how they would like to be treated in the caring of elderly people in their homes. The care package would be tailored to the needs of the clients and would grow as they become less independent.