Maison Care (originally known as ‘Caring on a Small Scale’) was founded in 1990, is a specialist and residential provision for adults with autism and learning difficulties. Additional complex needs, health related needs and challenging behaviour supported.
We intend to empower individuals with the skills and independence to achieve the future they want. Maison Care now offer 28 beds in 4 care homes around the Colchester, Essex area.
Each of these units are staffed by an experienced and skilled team base including NVQ qualifications, Positive Behaviour support, The Learning Disability Qualification and soon to be enrolling on the ICE training scheme (Inclusive Communication in Essex).
Our person-centred plans of care and support are based on the assessed needs of each individual and promote the principles of an ‘ordinary life’, raising aspirations and the feeling of self worth.
Maison Care was founded in 1990 by Roy and Ruby Dias, they both were registered nurses in the learning disability and Mental Health field, that worked in large institutions in Colchester. They were both strongly against institutional care which was typical of that time whereby people with learning disabilities had a lack of freedom and were not able to exercise their rights.
They then decided to take the plunge and identified a need for better care and support, for individuals to live in a safe, loving and supportive home. With this in mind, they pioneered the idea of family-sized residential homes that enabled people with learning disabilities to receive individual support in a comfortable environment.
Saresta and Serenade was their first ever service, soon the demand for these homes and services developed further. They have now transformed the lives of over 30 people with learning disabilities across England. Although the name of the organisation may have changed through the years most recently in 2013 when we became simply 'Maison Care’ - the passion, belief and values that drive our work remains the same.
Roy and Ruby both shared a passion and belief that people with learning disabilities should lead ordinary lives and have the support they need to fulfil their potential.
They believe there is enthusiasm and energy throughout the homes , at all levels and they are driven to ensure that quality development is embedded into the ethos of Maison Care.
Marlon has worked for Maison Care since 2002. He started his career as a support worker within our homes in which time he has built good relationships with our service users which he still maintains today. Marlon has also achieved a HNC in Business Management , and also has a wealth of experience working with people with learning disabilities and associated challenging behaviour.
Marlon is located at our head office, and assists in organising staff training, conduct quality monitoring via auditing all our services, oversees all maintenance of the homes, and takes the lead in setting up new services.
Samantha has worked for the company since 1997, she has over 17 years’ experience working with adults with learning disabilities and complex needs ( including autism ). She started her career as a support worker within residential care to managing one of our services ‘The Bungalow’ and now service manager/ behaviour practitioner. She has a wealth of experience in working with all service users at Maison Care.
Samantha also specialises in positive behaviour support , where she achieved this at the renowned awarding Tizard centre. Samantha takes the lead, in staff training, conducting all assessments for new referrals, working alongside multi- disciplinary team in creating successful transition plans, and supporting teams across the company in developing specific behaviour management plans.
Within Samantha’s role she ensures that’s her teams deliver high quality effective and outcome led service to all service users’. She is also responsible for the general overseeing of all Maison Care services.
Prior to joining Maison Care Rhiannon started her career in finance, working in this sector from 2003. In 2010 she joined Maison Care under the mentorship of our founder Roy Dias working on business development and financial matters within the company. Rhiannon works closely with the management team ensuring that the services are running smoothly and that our service users are provided with an excellent level of care and that our staff team are well supported. Rhiannon is passionate about staff development and ensuring that our homes are kept to a high standard creating a welcoming and positive environment for the people we support. Rhiannon enjoys spending time with our service users and building relations with families and other professionals. .
Karon has worked for Maison care since 1997, beginning her career as a night support worker. In 1998 she joined the day team at Bromley Road and progressed to senior carer. In 2000 she was promoted to the position of manager.
In 2003 she moved to Saresta and Serenade where she spent 9 years as manager, building strong community links working closely with family and friends of the service users and she also completed the Registered managers award in 2009.
She has strong beliefs about the way care should be delivered and her values include promoting independence , social inclusion, empowerment and above all else safeguarding vulnerable people in a person centred way. These beliefs have come from working closely with service users and their families over many years.
Simon has worked for Maison Care since 2020.
Hazel has worked for Maison Care since 2003, with extensive experience working with people with learning disabilities and complex needs. Her career commenced as support worker, and Hazel worked her way up the career ladder to Senior support worker, moving into the Deputy Manager role. In 2012, she became Registered Manager for Saresta and Sarenade. Hazel has a long-standing commitment to the organisation, which is reflected in her strong rapport with both service users and their families and over the years has built a strong and motivated team.
Hazel has recently completed her Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young Peoples’ services. Hazel’s aim is to promote a positive organisational ethos of respect and dignity including taking a person-centred approach to care and zero tolerance of abuse.
From an early age Michael knew that the care sector was his calling in life. At just 14 Michael was volunteering to help care for adults with learning and physical disabilities. He spent 12 years working for local councils before relocating to Greece. Whilst in Greece Michael saw a stark contrast in the care facilities available to disabled adults compared to the UK and set up a day care service. Whilst also chasing his other passion in life as a Restaurateur. Finally, Michael returned to the UK in 2016 and was eager to get back into care, he entered into the domiciliary sector followed by End of life care. In 2020 Michael was welcomed to Maison Care as Deputy Manager before he was promoted to Registered Manager. Michael brings a wealth of experience and understanding to his role, he is passionate about nurturing his staff team and ensuring that the people he supports reach their full potential of independence in a positive, safe and caring environment.
Kath started her career in care in 1996, inspired through her personal experience of looking after family members with disabilities she felt strongly that caring for others is where her career path would evolve. Having worked in domiciliary / residential services for 18 years she joined Maison Care in 2018 as a Senior Support Worker in Garden cottages. She quickly rose up the ranks before becoming Registered Manager of this service and Domiciliary in 2021 . Having experienced both sides of social care, as a family member and a professional, Kath is able to look at care packages from all sides and to deliver care that is supportive, empathic and involving of family members whilst promoting independence. When not at work Kath enjoys spending time with her family and is an experienced horsewoman.
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