About Beacon

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We established Beacon to meet the growing needs of those funding their own care and to offer guidance to anyone who is looking for support but are not sure of the route to finding it.

During our professional and personal experience, we have become increasingly concerned about gaps in social care provision and privatised services and we aim to buck this trend. We believe the future of care can and should be quality-driven, collaborative and imaginative and not at the mercy of shareholders.

As a community interest company (CIC), our profits are reinvested in our services, so our clients know exactly where their money is going and we can pay our carers a real living wage. 

We want our staff and clients to have real agency, so we welcome feedback on our services as well as comments and suggestions.

 
 

Guiding principles

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Compassion

Compassion is the essential driving force of our work. The very best care can only come from a compassionate approach. 

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EXcellence

Everyone has a right to the highest possible quality of life. We aim to assist our clients in achieving theirs through excellent service.

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imagination

Beacon resists stale business models and outdated thinking. We know an imaginative approach best serves clients and staff alike.

 
 
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INCLUSIon

Clients, staff and co-op members bring diverse contributions to Beacon. We all work better when we work together.

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collaboration

Flexibility is key to great care. We encourage our clients and carers to work collaboratively for the best outcomes for all. 

 
 
 

team

Meet our founding members

Our founders have over 100 years combined experience in social care, health and education. Having also cared for family and friends, they are perfectly placed to understand our clients' needs.

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Sally Flanagan

Sally has worked for the local authority and in the third sector for over 30 years. She has established, managed and delivered services for clients with a range of needs, including those with disabilities and age-related illnesses, addictions and mental health issues. Her experience covers personal care, advice and advocacy. Sally is a brilliant researcher with an impeccable head for facts and an invaluable navigator through the whys and wherefores of the social care sector.

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Lyn Kirby

Lyn has invaluable experience in an incredible range of care settings. From operating theatres and post-operative recovery in hospital and at home, to advocacy, befriending, home-help and palliative care, she as worked across the board. She's an innovative carer, a fantastic organiser, sleeve-roller-upper and has amazing green fingers!

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Tracey Hunt

Tracey's professional experience covers 14 years in education, managing a team supporting children with special needs. She has worked extensively in various care roles and holds a diploma in advice work from the University of Leicester. Tracey is extremely patient, diligent and reassuring. She's a great calming influence and our go-to woman for finance.