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Clients, staff and councillors marks successful launch of new social care company

Clients, staff and councillorsrecently launched Tricuro. The ground breaking new social care organisation celebrated the occasion with a host of art and entertainment fun across Dorset.

The largest of its kind in the UK, Tricuro delivers high-quality care for Dorset residents – including older people, people with a learning disability and people with a physical disability. Bournemouth Borough Council, the Borough of Poole and Dorset County Council launched and wholly own the new organisation, which has a budget of over £38m and employs more than 1,200 staff.

To mark the successful transfer of services from the three councils to the new company, Tricuro held events and activities around the county for both clients and staff to enjoy together.

These included wheelchair dancing, a puppet show and a visit by donkeys from the local animal sanctuary, as well as parties, festivals, art production and baking.  Staff and residents at Tricuro’s Anglebury Court care home in Wareham dressed up in wartime costumes for the day, while service users at the Bridport Learning Disability Day Centre were treated to a colour-themed disco.

At Tricuro’s headquarters in Poole, over 80 guests from the three councils were able to interact with Stourcastle Community Resource Service in Sturminster Newton via a two-way webcam. A group of clients from the service created a piece of artwork in real time, which will be installed at Tricuro’s head office. The event was also catered by Tricuro’s own employment and catering services that include some of its own clients among its workforce.

The day’s festivities were the idea of Suzanne Westhead, Tricuro’s newly-appointed Managing Director. Suzanne said: 

“It was important to me that we celebrated Tricuro’s successful launch with the people who are absolutely key to its long-term development and growth: our clients, our staff and the councils which launched our company. This spirit of working together is at the core of Tricuro and I’m excited to be a part of such an important venture.”

Cllr Blair Crawford, Bournemouth’s Cabinet member for Adult Social Care, added:

"I am delighted to see the successful launch of Tricuro and I look forward to seeing the company grow from strength to strength. By building on this partnership approach with the three authorities we are bringing together a wealth of experience and skills to deliver and even higher standards of service delivery and care to the benefit of those receiving care.”

Cllr Karen Rampton, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Health and Social Care, Borough of Poole, said: 

“The formation of Tricuro has allowed us to benefit from the wealth of experience and resources available from all partners. Poole’s two day centres and COAST services are now providing the same high quality service to customers under the Tricuro brand, and the transition has gone well. I look forward to seeing Tricuro continue to flourish over the coming months.”

Cllr Jill Haynes, Dorset County Council’s Cabinet member for adult social care, added:

“This new company brings benefits not just to the councils, but to our clients too.  By working together with Bournemouth and Poole we will deliver care more efficiently and develop our existing services, without compromising quality or control. The creation of Tricuro is helping us build a strong future for our social care provider services, allowing us to support more people in need.”

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