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Statement by ExtraCare Charitable Trust

Press Statement Issued: 10.9.20

Mick Laverty on behalf of ExtraCare stated:

 “I am pleased to announce that we have resolved all issues with Nadia Whittome MP in an amicable and constructive manner, following her kindly agreeing to work for us earlier this year.

I wish to clarify some important points.

I can confirm that Nadia worked for us as a Personal Support Assistant for over two months, during a time when we needed extra support in dealing with Covid-19.

She was a highly skilled, compassionate and valued member of staff.

In the course of her role she felt it would be helpful to raise a number of concerns about what she understood to be PPE issues within Lark Hill and the Care Sector at the time.

Nadia raised these issues regarding PPE in good faith and with the best interests of everyone involved at heart.

In conjunction with Nadia, we made a number of appeals for extra support with PPE supply and, which helped us obtain further supplies of PPE.

For example, in March 2020 we made several online requests for PPE across social media and requested that Nadia consider recording an appeal video for PPE on 3 April 2020 to help us obtain further supplies.

We really appreciated her raising these issues which helped highlight the issue of PPE supply chain issues both within Lark Hill and across the Care Sector.

Nadia’s work and support during the engagement was of considerable assistance to ExtraCare and our residents.

Whilst we have rather different views as to the reasons the role came to an end, Nadia and ExtraCare have discussed this matter further and have subsequently agreed to resolve all matters amicably and informally, so that everyone can move forward.

ExtraCare wish Nadia all the very best in the future.

Mick Laverty, Chief Executive

The ExtraCare Charitable Trust

Statement by Nadia Whittome MP

 “I am pleased that various matters have been resolved in relation to my return to front line care work during the Covid-19 pandemic.

I wanted to do whatever I could to support the residents of Lark Hill and to support my care sector colleagues, locally and nationally. I enjoyed being able to help my former colleagues during the Covid-19 outbreak, albeit at a very challenging time for the Care Sector.

I am pleased that my contribution has been acknowledged and appreciated, including around the various PPE issues affecting the Care Sector.

I am pleased we have clarified the situation through dialogue and discussion, so that everyone can now move forward. “

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For more information, please contact: Richard Tower on 0772 055 3658 or at:  richard.tower@extracare.org.uk

The ExtraCare Charitable Trust

ExtraCare is a registered charity established in 1988. Our vision is better lives for older people and our mission is creating sustainable communities that provide:

To deliver our vision and mission we essentially do three things: we develop new villages, we operate villages and schemes, and we support our villages, schemes and our ‘extra-care’ model through fundraising, advocacy and research.

Each of our 20 village and schemes has 5 to 18 social, health and leisure facilities that are accessible to our residents, volunteers and local people representing all age groups living in surrounding communities. We operate a chain of Charity Shops which help fund care and well-being services for older people living at our each of our locations. 

www.extracare.org.uk