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2019-07-19 (Quita the Kitty) Scottish Parliament

London’s therapy cat trainee sensation brings love to Edinburgh!

Belsize Village, London, UK: Penrose Care’s therapy cat-in-training Quita the Kitty has captured hearts in Scotland following her visit to Edinburgh June 18-20, 2019 with the Scottish Parliament featuring Quita on their Instagram page on July 30, 2019 and the video of her trip reaching over 200,000 views on TikTok as of August 1, 2019.

2019-08-01 (Quita the Kitty) Scottish Parliament Instagram Post

The Scottish Parliament’s Instagram post of Quita the Kitty. Screenshot taken on August 1, 2019. Credit: Instagram / @scotparl.

2019-08-01 (Quita the Kitty) TikTok Edinburgh video view count

Quita the Kitty’s TikTok account screenshot showing the view count of the video about her visit to Edinburgh, Scotland. Screenshot taken on August 1, 2019.

Quita arrived in Edinburgh the night of June 18th, following a stay in Leeds, England on June 17th and June 18th, and spent the evening in the Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh – The Caledonian. On June 19th, Quita visited the grounds of St Mary’s Cathedral; then hiked up the Carlton Hill to see the Nelson Monument and the National Monument of Scotland. After that, Quita spent a good deal of time sitting outside the Scottish Parliament where many passerby got a therapy pet boost by petting her. She then paid her respects to Edinburgh’s historic dog, Greyfriars Bobby, before spending the early evening back at the Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh – The Caledonian.

2019-07-18 (Quita the Kitty) Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh

Quita the Kitty at the Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh – The Caledonian hotel. July 18, 2019 – Edinburgh, Scotland, UK.

2019-07-19 (Quita the Kitty) National Monument of Scotland

Quita the Kitty at the National Monument of Scotland. July 19, 2019 – Edinburgh, Scotland, UK.

2019-07-19 (Quita the Kitty) Scottish Parliament

Quita the Kitty in front of the Scottish Parliament. July 19, 2019 – Edinburgh, Scotland, UK.

2019-07-19 (Quita the Kitty) Greyfriars Bobby

Quita the Kitty in front of the fountain dedicated to Greyfriars Bobby. July 19, 2019 – Edinburgh, Scotland, UK.

Quita spent the later evening in a pub in Williams Street where two members of staff said they were having a terrible day but said after spending time with Quita, their bad day had turned into a good day. Quita returned to London via the LNER rail service the morning of June 20th following a brief visit to the lower grounds where you can see Edinburgh Castle.

2019-07-20 (Quita the Kitty) Edinburgh Castle

Quita the Kitty with Edinburgh Castle in the background. July 20, 2019 – Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

Following Quita’s visit to Edinburgh, Penrose Care managing director Robert Stephenson-Padron, who accompanied Quita on her trip, made the following statement: “It was very heart-warming to see Quita bring so much joy to so many different people while she was in Edinburgh. At the same time, she visibly had a very enjoyable time – particularly liking travelling on the train to and from Edinburgh. We believe her training is going very well indeed.”

Quita’s training continues

2019-05-19 (Quita the Kitty) Ricky Gervais

Quita the Kitty providing joy to actor/comedian Ricky Gervais. May 19, 2019 – London, England, UK.

Quita will not be ready for formal pet therapy until she reaches one year of age in January 2020. Until then, Quita will continue to train with her outdoor adventures, morale boosting visits to organisations, and ad hoc invited therapy sessions which are all part of her training. These training exercises help Quita to get used to changing her environments and receiving attention from strangers.

2019-05-16 (Quita the Kitty) Brewdog

Quita the Kitty providing a morale boosting session at Brewdog Seven Dials. May 16, 2019 – London, England, UK.

Why Pet Therapy?

2019-05-27 (Quita the Kitty) Rosie cerebral palsy

Quita the Kitty providing trainee therapy to Rosie who has cerebral palsy. May 27, 2019 – Holland Park, London, UK.

Pets have “tremendous healing power,” says Dr. Edward Creagan of the Mayo Clinic in the United States in a 2010 informational video about the health benefits of pets (a 2016 version is also available). He says talking about pets creates an atmosphere of “healing, peace and serenity.” He further says, “We now know that when you look into the eyes of that cat, when you stroke that dog, when you hold that animal, there is a surge of hormones deep within the center of the brain. And these hormones provoke a tremendous feeling of peace, of serenity, of tranquillity. They decrease our blood pressure, they decrease our pulse, they lessen our depression.”

2019-05-16 (Quita the Kitty) Apple Store

Quita the Kitty providing trainee pet therapy to an elderly person at the Apple Store Covent Garden. May 16, 2019 – London, England, UK.

Quita is part of Penrose Care’s long track record of innovations in social care that improve outcomes for the elderly and disabled persons we support. Penrose Care is already widely known as the UK’s pioneer of ethical home care, having become one of the first home care providers in the UK to become an Accredited Living Wage Employer in 2012, successfully campaigning for enforcement of the national minimum wage in home care in 2014, and becoming one of the first 16 private businesses accredited with the Mayor of London’s new Good Work Standard launched this week. As a result of Penrose Care’s innovations in the ethical provision of home care, it has received seven international research visits. Quita was a co-host to the most recent two visits: from the Government of Thailand and one from a municipality in South Korea.

2019-05-03 (Quita the Kitty) Mayor of London

Quita the Kitty with Mayor of London Sadiq Khan while working on the Good Work Standard. May 3, 2019 – London City Hall, London, England, UK.

Nata-orn Indeesri, head of the Thai research delegation with Quita the Kitty and Penrose Care managing director Robert Stephenson-Padron

Nata-orn Indeesri, head of the Thai research delegation with Quita the Kitty and Penrose Care managing director Robert Stephenson-Padron, at Belsize Terrace. June 27, 2019 – Belsize Village, London, UK.

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Robert Stephenson-Padron, Managing Director
robert.padron@penrosecare.co.uk
0207 435 2644

About Penrose Care

Penrose Care is an ethical provider of home care services in London, United Kingdom to adults with disabilities such as acquired brain injury and elderly persons including those with dementia. The company operates upon a fundamental belief that to promote a caring workforce, the organisation itself must be caring. As the pioneer of ethics in home care in the UK, Penrose Care in 2012 became one of the first four providers in the United Kingdom to become an Accredited Living Wage Employer and in 2013 the first independent sector provider to be compliant with Citizens UK’s landmark Social Care Charter. Penrose Care was named the Living Wage Champion for the London region in 2016 and for Industry Leadership in 2018 by the Living Wage Foundation. In July 2019, Penrose Care was named as one of the first 16 private businesses accredited with the Mayor of London’s new Good Work Standard to promote decent work in London.

Penrose Care’s ethical social care framework has garnered international acclaim, resulting in Penrose Care receiving research delegations from Canada, China, Japan, South Korea and Thailand. Penrose Care is rated Outstanding by the Care Quality Commission, the highest rating given by England’s health and social care regulator.

Penrose Care’s ethical approach promotes higher quality social care workers and low staff turnover which in turn results in excellent care. Penrose Care is headquartered in Belsize Village, north London – between Hampstead, Belsize Park and Swiss Cottage / Finchley Road – and was founded by Robert Stephenson-Padron, a healthcare research analyst, and Dr. Matthew Knight, a hospital physician.

About Quita the Kitty

One of Penrose Care’s colleagues is a kitten, Quita the Kitty, born in January 2019 and acquired by Penrose Care in March 2019. She is an office cat, adventure cat and training to be a therapy cat. Quita the Kitty has already visited all eight of London’s Royal Parks, potentially the first cat or one of the first few to ride on one of the Thames Clipper boats, and has provided therapy services to two persons with cerebral palsy.

Quita the Kitty has provided workplace morale boosting visits to the Apple Store Covent Garden, Botwell House Catholic Primary School, Brewdog Seven Dials, The Espresso Room Covent Garden, Karma Bread, the Living Wage Foundation, the New Economic Foundation, Oliver’s Village Cafe, OmniDe architects, and Persephone Books.

Quita has travelled outside of London, having visited Brighton, Dover, Edinburgh, Hitchin, Leeds in the UK; and Calias, Troyes, Gréoux-les-Bains (Provence), Valensole (Provence), Champeaux, Melun, and Paris in France.

Quita the Kitty has met actor/comedian Ricky Gervais, the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and Her Majesty the Queen’s former press secretary Charles Anson.

Quita the Kitty, at @quitathekitty, is popular on social media having over 250,000 likes on TikTok, over 27,500 karma points on Reddit, holds the status as a Glorious Imgurian on Imgur, and has over 5,500 followers on Instagram.  Quita the Kitty is also on FacebookTwitter and YouTube.

Quita the Kitty’s first news article was published on June 3, 2019 by Sunny Skyz: “4-Month-Old Therapy Kitten Comforts Woman With Cerebral Palsy”.  She appeared in the Camden New Journal on July 4, 2019: “Feline blue? Kitten goes on city wide adventures for therapy cat training”. Quita the Kitty’s first foray into mainstream media occurred on July 7, 2019 when she appeared in the Evening Standard, “Kitten training to be Camden’s first ‘therapy cat’ captures hearts across London”. Wamiz, a site dedicated to pets, published an article about Quita the Kitty on July 9, 2019, titled “London care-worker training cat to be a therapist”.

Thai delegation with Penrose Care management in Belsize Terrace

Thai research delegation visits Penrose Care

Belsize Village, London, UK: On June 27, 2019, Penrose Care was delighted to host its seventh international research delegation. The research delegation was from the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (DEP) under the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security, Government of Thailand. The purpose of the research visit was to learn best practice with respect to social care for persons with disabilities.

Following the visit, Penrose Care managing director Robert Stephenson-Padron made this statement:

“Penrose Care was honoured to receive such a large research delegation from the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security, Government of Thailand. Penrose Care’s international recognition is a testament to our belief that the regard for the dignity of the human person and outstanding social care underpinned by ethical labour standards are universal aspirations. I was particularly impressed that personal assistants in Thailand have government mandated training, one month of job shadowing and a compulsory professional register. These are advances over and above what the UK has achieved. We look forward to working with the Government of Thailand in the future, should they require our assistance.”

Penrose Care is known internationally due to its pioneering work on integrating ethical labour practices into its provision of home care services for the elderly and persons with disabilities. Within the UK and in many countries around the world, providing consistent, outstanding social care from care and support workers that receive a Living Wage and generous worker benefits remains an aspiration but is a reality at Penrose Care. Penrose Care was also the organisation that successfully led to the step up of enforcement of the minimum wage laws in home care in the UK after lodging a complaint with the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee in 2014. Prior to this industry-changing action, the minimum wage law was widely flouted by home care providers in the UK.

Penrose Care continues to crusade for care and support workers to be paid at least the minimum wage for sleep-ins – something Penrose Care continues to do en lieu of clarification from the Supreme Court in The Royal Mencap Society v Tomlinson-Blake.

The head of the Thai delegation, Mrs. Nata-orn Indeesri, Director of Division of Strategies and Plans, Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (DEP), made this statement following the research visit:

“I would like to say that we are honoured to be invited here at Penrose Care. There [is] a lot of valuable knowledge to be gained here and we plan to utilise it in the best way that we can. We know that your organisation aim[s] to help improve elderly care and disabilities care in the UK. We all here agree and totally support on what you are trying to achieve. We hope that you will continue to provide and set standard[s] for best-quality care for both the elderly with or without disabilities. We thank you for the warm welcome. We are very appreciat[ive] for the exchange of experiences and best practice between us. I hope that there will be future collaboration between our organisation.”

Penrose Care’s trainee therapy pet cat, Quita the Kitty, received a lot of interest from the delegation. Penrose Care manager Olga Garcia made the following comment with respect to Quita’s work:

“I’ve seen Quita bring joy to a person with cerebral palsy, to a work whose father passed away and neede support, a professional worker that was having a bad day and so many other people’ Quita is changing lives with her presence and this is just the beginning of her journey.”

Following the research discussion of the talk. Mrs. Indeesri gifted to Mr. Stephenson-Padron clothing made from persons with disabilities in Thailand.

Thai delegation with Penrose Care management in Belsize Terrace

Delegation from the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security, Government of Thailand, with Penrose Care’s Nikoletta Makouli, Robert Stephenson-Padron, Quita the Kitty and Olga Garcia at Belsize Terrace in Belsize Village, London, UK.

 

Nata-orn Indeesri, head of the Thai research delegation with Quita the Kitty and Penrose Care managing director Robert Stephenson-Padron

Nata-orn Indeesri, head of the Thai research delegation with Quita the Kitty and Penrose Care managing director Robert Stephenson-Padron, at Belsize Terrace in Belsize Village, London, UK.

 

Exchange of gifts from Nata-orn Indeesri, head of the Thai delegation, to Penrose Care managing director Robert Stephenson-Padron

Exchange of gifts from Nata-orn Indeesri, head of the Thai delegation, to Penrose Care managing director Robert Stephenson-Padron at Teta’s Lebanese Kitchen, Belsize Village, London, UK. The clothes were made in a Thai factory by workers with disabilities.

 

The Thai delegation with Penrose Care management and Quita the Kitty

The Thai delegation with Penrose Care management and Quita the Kitty at Teta’s Lebanese Kitchen in Belsize Village, London, UK.

 

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Robert Stephenson-Padron, Managing Director

robert.padron@penrosecare.co.uk

0207 435 2644

About Penrose Care

Penrose Care is an ethical provider of home care services in London, United Kingdom to adults with disabilities such as acquired brain injury and elderly persons including those with dementia.  The company operates upon a fundamental belief that to promote a caring workforce, the organisation itself must be caring. As the pioneer of ethics in home care in the UK, Penrose Care in 2012 became one of the first four providers in the United Kingdom to become an Accredited Living Wage Employer and in 2013 the first independent sector provider to be compliant with Citizens UK’s landmark Social Care Charter. Penrose Care was named the Living Wage Champion for the London region in 2016 and for Industry Leadership in 2018 by the Living Wage Foundation. Penrose Care’s ethical social care framework has garnered international acclaim, resulting in Penrose Care receiving research delegations from Canada, China, Japan, and South Korea. Penrose Care is rated Outstanding by the Care Quality Commission, the highest rating given by England’s health and social care regulator.

Penrose Care’s ethical approach promotes higher quality social care workers and low staff turnover which in turn results in excellent care.  Penrose Care is headquartered in Belsize Village, north London – between Hampstead, Belsize Park and Swiss Cottage / Finchley Road – and was founded by Robert Stephenson-Padron, a healthcare research analyst, and Dr. Matthew Knight, a hospital physician.

Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (DEP) under the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security, Government of Thailand

The DEP is a government agency responsible for persons with disabilities in Thailand. It falls under the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security, Government of Thailand.

About Quita the Kitty

One of Penrose Care’s colleagues is a kitten, Quita the Kitty, born in January 2019 and acquired by Penrose Care in March 2019. She is an office cat, adventure cat and training to be a therapy cat. Quita the Kitty has already visited all eight of London’s Royal Parks, potentially the first cat or one of the first few to ride on one of the Thames Clipper boats, and has provided therapy services to two persons with cerebral palsy.

Quita the Kitty has provided workplace morale boosting visits to the Apple Store Covent Garden, Brewdog Seven Dials, The Espresso Room Covent Garden, Karma Bread, the Living Wage Foundation, the New Economic Foundation, Oliver’s Village Cafe, OmniDe architects, and Persephone Books.

Quita the Kitty has met actor/comedian Ricky Gervais, the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and Her Majesty the Queen’s former press secretary Charles Anson.

Quita the Kitty, at @quitathekitty, is popular on social media having over 113,000 likes on TikTok, over 22,000 karma points on Reddit, holds the status as a Glorious Imgurian on Imgur, and has over 3,500 followers on Instagram.  Quita the Kitty is also on FacebookTwitter and YouTube.

Quita the Kitty’s first news article was published on June 3, 2019 by Sunny Skyz: “4-Month-Old Therapy Kitten Comforts Woman With Cerebral Palsy”.

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Research visit from South Korea

Belsize Village, London, UK: On June 6, 2019, Penrose Care was delighted to host its sixth international research delegation. This research delegation was from the municipality of Gwangyang, South Korea, consisting of two nurse-civil servants specialising in health policy Young-ok Seo and In-soon Park; their translator Dr. Gunwoo Kim, and a travel guide.

On the Penrose Care side, the research delegation was hosted by Penrose Care’s managers Robert Stephenson-Padron, Olga Garcia, Nikoletta Makouli, and Quita the Kitty, a trainee pet therapy cat.

The purpose of Ms. Seo and Ms. Park’s visit was to inform the development of dementia care in Gwangyang-si, South Korea.

Following the visit, the delegation made the following statement on June 16, 2019:

“We were very impressed with how much effort the carers from a private company put into improving the quality of life for patients. In particular we felt that Penrose Care was a thought leader in their belief that the staff had to be happy in order to be able to provide good quality care to patients” – Young-ok Seo and In-soon Park from Gwangyang-si, South Korea

Following the visit, Penrose Care managing director Robert Stephenson-Padron made the following statement:

“Penrose Care is honoured and humbled when it receives research delegations from abroad. It is a demonstration that respect for the dignity of the human person is a universal value stemming from the love we have for our parents and grandparents, and our siblings and our friends. I hope our commitment to the highest quality of care and its link to ethical labour standards continues to inspire policy makers and health and social care workers around the world. I send all my best wishes to our brothers and sisters in South Korea as they work to tackle their own challenges associated with ageing societies.”

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Left to right: Penrose Care manager Nikoletta Makouli, Penrose Care manager Olga Garcia, delegation tourist guide, Penrose Care managing director Robert Stephenson-Padron, Dr. Gunwoo Kim, In-soon Park, Young-ok Seo.
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Left to right: Young-ok Seo, Penrose Care manager Nikoletta Makouli, Penrose Care manager Olga Garcia, delegation tourist guide, Penrose Care managing director Robert Stephenson-Padron with Quita the Kitty, Dr. Gunwoo Kim, In-soon Park.
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Left to right: Penrose Care managing director Robert Stephenson-Padron, Dr. Gunwoo Kim, In-soon Park, Young-ok Seo, Penrose Care manager Nikoletta Makouli.
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Left to right: Penrose Care manager Nikoletta Makouli, Penrose Care manager Olga Garcia, Penrose Care managing director Robert Stephenson-Padron, Young-ok Seo, In-soon Park.
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Left to right: Penrose Care managing director Robert Stephenson-Padron receiving gifts from In-soon Park and Young-ok Seo.
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Left to right: Penrose Care managing director Robert Stephenson-Padron, Penrose Care manager Olga Garcia with Quita the Kitty, In-soon Park.
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Left to right: Penrose Care manager Olga Garcia, Penrose Care manager Nikoletta Makouli, Penrose Care managing director Robert Stephenson-Padron, Dr. Gunwoo Kim, Young-ok Seo, In-soon Park.
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Left to right: Penrose Care manager Nikoletta Makouli with Quita the Kitty, Penrose Care managing director Robert Stephenson-Padron, Penrose Care manager Olga Garcia, Young-ok Seo, Dr. Gunwoo Kim, In-soon Park.

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Robert Stephenson-Padron, Managing Director

robert.padron@penrosecare.co.uk

0207 435 2644

About Penrose Care

Penrose Care is an ethical provider of home care services in London, United Kingdom to adults with disabilities such as acquired brain injury and elderly persons including those with dementia.  The company operates upon a fundamental belief that to promote a caring workforce, the organisation itself must be caring. As the pioneer of ethics in home care in the UK, Penrose Care in 2012 became one of the first four providers in the United Kingdom to become an Accredited Living Wage Employer and in 2013 the first independent sector provider to be compliant with Citizens UK’s landmark Social Care Charter. Penrose Care was named the Living Wage Champion for the London region in 2016 and for Industry Leadership in 2018 by the Living Wage Foundation. Penrose Care’s ethical social care framework has garnered international acclaim, resulting in Penrose Care receiving research delegations from Canada, China and Japan. Penrose Care is rated Outstanding by the Care Quality Commission, the highest rating given by England’s health and social care regulator.

Penrose Care’s ethical approach promotes higher quality social care workers and low staff turnover which in turn results in excellent care.  Penrose Care is headquartered in Belsize Village, north London – between Hampstead, Belsize Park and Swiss Cottage / Finchley Road – and was founded by Robert Stephenson-Padron, a healthcare research analyst, and Dr. Matthew Knight, a hospital physician.

About Gwangyang

Gwangyang is home to beautiful tourism resources including the famed Baegunsan Mountain and Seomjingang River. The city produces high quality farm products and promotes new growth industries based on the Port of Gwangyang and the Gwangyang Steel Plant. These make Gwangyang a city with outstanding business conditions and great development potential.

The city is dedicated to active, innovative public services so that Gwangyang will be a global city, a great city for nurturing children, the happiest city in Korea, and the number one city in the Jeonnam Province.

2019-04-09 (Penrose Care) Quita, Nikoletta and Olga

Promotions of Ms. Garcia and Mrs. Makouli

Belsize Village, London, UK: Today Penrose Care is pleased to announced the promotions of Ms. Olga García Gómez to manager from deputy manager and Mrs. Nikoletta Makouli to manager from deputy manager.

Penrose Care provides home care services for people with physical disabilities, mental health conditions, acquired brain injuries and health issues relating to ageing, such as dementia and impaired mobility. The company has especially excelled at service to clients in end of life situations, helping people live full lives far past their original prognoses. Penrose Care is highly acclaimed for its innovations in ethical working conditions in social care. Both Ms. García and Mrs. Makouli have especial expertise in servicing private client / ultra high-net-worth individuals with complex needs.

Following the promotions, Penrose Care managing director Robert Stephenson-Padron made the following statement:

“Ms. García and Mrs. Makouli have been the backbone of our management infrastructure for a number of years and it is right and well deserved that they are both now made managers of Penrose Care. Penrose Care is special because it strives to put the dignity of the human person at the heart of everything we do. Ms. García and Mrs. Makouli understand Penrose Care’s values and culture, have helped clients transform their lives for the better, managed complex staff situations with grace and patience, and have overall been a pleasure to work with for these past years. Both have also appeared on national media outlets and have attended domestic and international conferences. Ms. García and Mrs. Makouli are well suited to both manage internally and promote Penrose Care’s special mission as ambassadors externally. Congratulations to both of you. Well done.”

With respect to Ms. García promotion to her new manager post, Mr. Stephenson-Padron made the following statement:

“Olga García Gómez has been the logistical backbone of Penrose Care for some time, managing our rota impeccably well. On the frontline, Olga has long specialised in servicing the demands and complexities of the private client segments, including knights, renowned academics and field-changing physicians. In one complex case, she put together an emergency care package for a mental health patient in less than 24 hours, a package attributed by clinical staff as likely saving this person’s life. Her excellence and heroism is well summed up by a compliment given by an acquired brain injury care case manager, which refers to her work: ‘You are the most flexible, accommodative and amazing care provider I have ever dealt with.’ Well done Olga.”

With respect to Mrs. Makouli’s promotion to her new manager post, Mr. Stephenson-Padron made the following statement:

“Nikoletta Makouli has been the embodiment of our belief that a caring ethos leads to effective care and excellent outcomes. She has, for some years, been the lead on a complex private client with advanced staged dementia who was given 8 weeks to live in 2017. Through incredible management of a home care team to this client, certain of this client’s neurological abilities have been restored and their palliative designation removed. This client is still alive to this day. A well renowned palliative medicine consultant physician has commended her heroic work, ‘It is a miracle you guys have achieved in keeping [the patient] alive. I have withdrawn my view and no longer believe [s/he] is a palliative case. You should be so proud.’ Well done Nikoletta.”

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Robert Stephenson-Padron, Managing Director

robert.padron@penrosecare.co.uk

0207 435 2644

About Penrose Care

Penrose Care is an ethical provider of home care services in London, United Kingdom to adults with disabilities such as acquired brain injury and elderly persons including those with dementia.  The company operates upon a fundamental belief that to promote a caring workforce, the organisation itself must be caring. As the pioneer of ethics in home care in the UK, Penrose Care in 2012 became one of the first four providers in the United Kingdom to become an Accredited Living Wage Employer and in 2013 the first independent sector provider to be compliant with Citizens UK’s landmark Social Care Charter. Penrose Care was named the Living Wage Champion for the London region in 2016 and for Industry Leadership in 2018 by the Living Wage Foundation. Penrose Care’s ethical social care framework has garnered international acclaim, resulting in Penrose Care receiving research delegations from Canada, China and Japan. Penrose Care is rated Outstanding by the Care Quality Commission, the highest rating given by England’s health and social care regulator.

Penrose Care’s ethical approach promotes higher quality social care workers and low staff turnover which in turn results in excellent care.  Penrose Care is headquartered in Belsize Village, north London – between Hampstead, Belsize Park and Swiss Cottage / Finchley Road – and was founded by Robert Stephenson-Padron, a healthcare research analyst, and Dr. Matthew Knight, a hospital physician.

About Olga García Gómez

Olga García Gómez, Manager
Penrose Care

Ms. García is an expert in the logistical operations of a home care provider and the social care servicing of private client / ultra high-net-worth individuals. Prior to joining Penrose Care in 2014 as a support worker, she worked in various hospitality, media and marketing roles. Ms. García was made a senior support worker in August 2016 and deputy manager in May 2018. Ms. García became a manger at Penrose Care in May 2019.

Ms. García has appeared a number of times on the BBC Two’s Victoria Derbyshire. She was the company’s primary delegate, via invitation, to the Prague European Summit 2018 held in Prague, Czech Republic.

Ms. García holds a Licenciate in Journalism from the Universidad de Navarra, Spain. Ms. García also holds a QCF Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People’s Services (Adults’ Management) (England) from Highfield Qualifications and a Higher Level Apprenticeship in General Adult Social Care from the Federation for Industry Sector Skills & Standards.

About Nikoletta Makouli

Nikoletta Makouli, Manager
Penrose Care

Mrs. Makouli is an expert in end of life care and home care for persons with advanced dementia, focusing especially on the social care servicing of private client / ultra high-net-worth individuals. Prior to joining Penrose Care in 2015as a support worker, she was a manager in the hospitality sector. Mrs. Makouli was made a senior support worker in August 2017 and deputy manager in May 2018. Mrs. Makouli became a manger at Penrose Care in May 2019.

Mrs. Makouli has appeared on the BBC Two’s Victoria Derbyshire. She is the company’s primary delegate to events of the Recruitment & Employment Confederation.

Mrs. Makouli holds a Bachelor in Public and Business Administration-Marketing from the University of Cyprus and a MSc in International Hospitality Management from the University of Brighton. Mrs. Makouli also holds a NCFE CACHE Level 2 Certificate in End of Life Care.

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Penrose Care rated Outstanding by regulator

Belsize Village, London, UK: Today the health and social care regulator of England, the Care Quality Commission (CQC), announced that it had rated Penrose Care Ltd (PCL) Outstanding overall for being caring and effective, following a routine regulatory inspection carried out in February 2019.

Penrose Care provides home care services for people with physical disabilities, acquired brain injuries and health issues relating to ageing, such as dementia and impaired mobility.

In a statement, the CQC noted it found in its inspection that “People’s outcomes were consistently better than expected and PCL was described as exceptional and distinctive. People using the service, relatives, staff and external professionals provided consistently positive feedback about the service.”

Following the announcement, Penrose Care managing director Robert Stephenson-Padron stated:

“The health and social care regulator granting its highest inspection rating to Penrose Care is a testament to our pioneering work of ethical social care. The CQC’s Outstanding rating is an accolade attributable to only 2% of home care providers in London and 3% nationwide. Penrose Care shall however remain humble, hard working and continue to put the dignity of the human person at the forefront of what we do as this drives continuous improvement. To my colleagues: well done. To all our friends: thank you.”

Penrose Care is known for its innovations in ethical labour practices in social care which include paying the London Living Wage, paying at least the minimum wage for sleep-in shifts, guaranteed minimum working hours (so no zero-hour contracts), travel time between clients, training costs and time fully funded, private medical insurance via Vitality Health, taxies home if working late, funded annual dental check-ups, an occupational sick pay scheme, and normal employment which provides statutory holiday entitlements and pensions. As a relative of a client told the CQC inspection team, “”We are very happy with the company, they pay a living wage so retain staff longer so there is more continuity.”

Dr. Matthew Knight, non-executive director of Penrose Care and consultant respiratory physician with the West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust, congratulated the company following this news:

“The rating from the CQC is a testament to the hard work, dedication and, above all, care that our entire team at Penrose Care put in to looking after all who use our services. I am extremely proud of all our staff.”

Debbie Ivanova, CQC’s Deputy Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care, said: “I am very pleased to see continued improvement at Penrose Care Limited. At CQC’s previous inspection the service was rated Good overall and now it has moved up to Outstanding, our highest rating.

“Staff and management at Penrose Care work hard to ensure that people they care for are encouraged to live as independently as they possibly can. Evidence gathered from people using the service, their relatives and other health professionals shows they were impressed with the care and would not hesitate to recommend it to others.”

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Robert Stephenson-Padron, Managing Director

robert.padron@penrosecare.co.uk

0207 435 2644

Care Quality Commission

Ray Cooling, Regional Engagement Manager

020 7448 9136

About Penrose Care

Penrose Care is an ethical provider of home care services in London, United Kingdom to adults with disabilities such as acquired brain injury and elderly persons including those with dementia.  The company operates upon a fundamental belief that to promote a caring workforce, the organisation itself must be caring. As the pioneer of ethics in home care in the UK, Penrose Care in 2012 became one of the first four providers in the United Kingdom to become an Accredited Living Wage Employer and in 2013 the first independent sector provider to be compliant with Citizens UK’s landmark Social Care Charter. Penrose Care was named the Living Wage Champion for the London region in 2016 and for Industry Leadership in 2018 by the Living Wage Foundation. Penrose Care’s ethical social care framework has garnered international acclaim, resulting in Penrose Care receiving research delegations from Canada, China and Japan.

Penrose Care’s ethical approach promotes higher quality social care workers and low staff turnover which in turn results in excellent care.  Penrose Care is headquartered in Belsize Village, north London – between Hampstead, Belsize Park and Swiss Cottage / Finchley Road – and was founded by Robert Stephenson-Padron, a healthcare research analyst, and Dr. Matthew Knight, a hospital physician.

About the Care Quality Commission

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is the independent regulator of health and social care in England. The CQC makes sure health and social care services provide people with safe, effective, compassionate, high-quality care and it encourages care services to improve. The CQC monitors, inspects and regulates services to make sure they meet fundamental standards of quality and safety and the CQC publishes what it find to help people choose care.

Penrose Care’s management team from left to right: Olga Garcia, Robert Stephenson-Padron and Nikoletta Makouli.

Penrose Care raises care worker pay for Living Wage Week

Belsize Village, Hampstead, London – Penrose Care, the UK’s pioneer in the ethical provision of home care, has today announced that the new London Living Wage rate of £10.55/hour announced by Mayor of London Sadiq Khan this morning is effective immediately at Penrose Care for all staff. This is an increase of the prior London Living Wage rate of £10.20/hour and compares to the current national minimum wage rate for persons 25 and above (the mis-named “National Living Wage”) of £7.83/hour.

Robert Stephenson-Padron, managing director of Penrose Care, commented, following the pay increase:

“We are proud to be increasing our care workers’ pay in line with the cost of living in London so that all our colleagues can continue to work and live with dignity. Our ethical framework is essential to ensuring that the home care we deliver is excellent day in and day out. Our Living Wage commitment is the bedrock to other ethical labour practices at Penrose Care such as the payment of travel time between clients, complying with the minimum wage rates for sleep-in shifts, an occupational sickpay scheme, private medical insurance with Vitality Health, and free taxi rides home if ending work after 9pm. I wish all our staff a wonderful Living Wage Week 2018!”

Penrose Care with Living Wage chair and director

Penrose Care’s senior support worker Egle Viskantaite, managing director Robert Stephenson-Padron, Living Wage Foundation chair Stuart Wright of Aviva, Living Wage Foundation director Katherine Chapman and Penrose Care support worker Alica Mikitovičová at the launch of Living Wage Week 2018 at the Barbican Centre, London, UK. November 5, 2018.

Aya Khazaal (Pivoine) and Bob Padron (Penrose Care) with Mayor of London Sadiq Khan

Penrose Care’s managing director Robert Stephenson-Padron with Aya Khazaal of aspiring Living Wage employer Pivoine Nail Spa of Belsize Village and Mayor of London Sadiq Khan at the launch of Living Wage Week 2018 at the Barbican Centre, London, UK. November 5, 2018.

Media Contact

Penrose Care

Robert Stephenson-Padron – Managing Director: robert.padron@penrosecare.co.uk

Landline: 0207 435 2644

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Living Wage Foundation

John Hood – Media Manager: John.Hood@LivingWage.org.uk

Mobile: 07507 173649 Landline 0208 017 2936

About Penrose Care

Penrose Care is an ethical provider of home care services London, United Kingdom to adults with disabilities and elderly persons, including those with dementia.  The company operates upon a fundamental belief that to promote a caring workforce, the organisation itself must be caring. As the pioneer of ethics in home care in the UK, Penrose Care in 2012 became one of the first four providers in the country to become an Accredited Living Wage Employer and in 2013 the first independent sector provider to be compliant with Citizens UK’s landmark Social Care Charter. Penrose Care was named the Living Wage Champion for the London region in 2016 by the Living Wage Foundation and in 2018 received a national Living Wage Champion Award for Industry Leadership.

Penrose Care’s ethical approach promotes higher quality social care workers and low staff turnover which in turn results in excellent care. Penrose Care is headquartered in Belsize Village, north London and was founded by Robert Stephenson-Padron, a healthcare research analyst, and Dr. Matthew Knight, a hospital physician.

About the real Living Wage

The real Living Wage is the only rate calculated according to what people need to make ends meet. It provides a voluntary benchmark for employers that choose to take a stand by ensuring their staff earn a wage that meets the costs and pressures they face in their everyday lives.

The UK Living Wage is currently £9.00 per hour. There is a separate London Living Wage rate of £10.55 per hour to reflect the higher costs of transport, childcare and housing in the capital. These figures are calculated annually by the Resolution Foundation and overseen by the Living Wage Commission, based on the best available evidence on living standards in London and the UK.

The Living Wage Foundation is the organisation at the heart of the movement of businesses, organisations and individuals who campaign for the simple idea that a hard day’s work deserves a fair day’s pay. We recognise and celebrate the leadership shown by responsible employers who voluntarily choose to go further and pay a real Living Wage based on the cost of living, not just the government minimum. There are currently over 4,700 accredited employers.

2016-10-31 (Penrose Care) Living Wage celebration

We praise UNISON for seeking leave to appeal on sleep-in case

Belsize Village, London, UK: Following UNISON’s statement yesterday that it has asked the UK Supreme Court for leave to appeal against the Court of Appeal decision in Royal Mencap Society v Tomlinson-Blake, Penrose Care’s managing director Robert Stephenson-Padron, a long-time advocate for the ethical treatment of home care workers, made the following statement:

“Penrose Care praises UNISON, the British labour union which includes social care workers and managers, in seeking a leave to appeal against the Court of Appeal’s morally repugnant decision of 13 July 2018 in the care worker sleep-in case Royal Mencap Society v Tomlinson-Blake at the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom.

Since Penrose Care commenced trading in 2013, we have abided by the obvious interpretation of the law that care workers need to be paid at least the minimum wage for sleep-in shifts. We were aware then and have remained aware that many other social care providers have ignored the law, and therefore took on social care contracts priced at rates whereby legal compliance would make them unprofitable. We on the other hand consciously rejected such work and will always reject work that inhibits our civic responsibilities of legal compliance and our moral obligation to respect the dignity of all human persons, especially our colleagues and the vulnerable persons we support.

If a judiciary ignores the law and instead makes decisions based off of the sectoral impacts of their decisions, then such a judiciary is making a mockery of the rule of law and promoting a culture of impunity in society. We absolutely reject such a thing as citizens of a free and democratic society. A culture of impunity also specifically harms ethical organisations such as Penrose Care which not only takes great efforts to comply with the law out of civic virtue, but also goes above and beyond legal minimums to uphold our belief that respect for the dignity of the human person is superior to all other aims.

Penrose Care will continue to abide by the most obvious interpretation of the law which is to pay at least the national minimum-wage / national live wage for sleep-in shifts even if certain of our peers en mass decide to continue exploiting and abusing Britain’s vital social care workforce.

Penrose Care wishes UNISON every success in their appeal to the Supreme Court, should it be accepted, and thank you for standing up for our brother and sister care workers.”

Media Contact

Robert Stephenson-Padron – Managing Director – 020 7435 2644

About Penrose Care

Penrose Care is an ethical provider of home care services London, United Kingdom to adults with disabilities and elderly persons, including those with dementia.  The company operates upon a fundamental belief that to promote a caring workforce, the organisation itself must be caring. As the pioneer of ethics in home care in the UK, Penrose Care in 2012 became one of the first four providers in the country to become an Accredited Living Wage Employer and in 2013 the first independent sector provider to be compliant with Citizens UK’s landmark Social Care Charter. Penrose Care was named the Living Wage Champion for the London region in 2016 by the Living Wage Foundation and in 2018 received a national Living Wage Champion Award for Industry Leadership.

Penrose Care’s ethical approach promotes higher quality social care workers and low staff turnover which in turn results in excellent care. Penrose Care is headquartered in Belsize Village, north London and was founded by Robert Stephenson-Padron, a healthcare research analyst, and Dr. Matthew Knight, a hospital physician.

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Sleep-in shifts judgement is an affront to the dignity of care workers

Belsize Village, London, UK: Following the London Court of Appeal’s judgement in favour of Mencap in Royal Mencap Society v Tomlinson-Blake, overturning a previous ruling at the Employment Appeals Tribunal in April 2017, Penrose Care’s managing director Robert Stephenson-Padron, a long-time advocate for the ethical treatment of home care workers, made the following statement:

“The London Court of Appeal’s decision today in Royal Mencap Society v Tomlinson-Blake is a horrific miscarriage of justice and an affront to the dignity of the human person.

I would 100% endorse UNISON taking the case to the Supreme Court. The last time UNISON went to the Supreme Court in R (on the application of UNISON) v Lord Chancellor in July 2017, they won and changed Britain for the better. I expect if UNISON took Royal Mencap Society v Tomlinson-Blake to the Supreme Court, this would result in a repeat of their prior triumph for justice for ordinary working people.

Penrose Care will continue to abide by the most obvious interpretation of the law which is to pay at least the national minimum-wage / national live wage for sleep-ins even if certain of our peers en mass decide to continue exploiting and abusing Britain’s vital social care workforce. This is the morally right thing to do. Penrose Care has been paying at least the minimum wage for sleep-in shifts since we commenced trading in 2013 as the law was clear then and it remains clear.”

Media Contact

Robert Stephenson-Padron – Managing Director – 020 7435 2644

About Penrose Care

Penrose Care is an ethical provider of home care services London, United Kingdom to adults with disabilities and elderly persons, including those with dementia.  The company operates upon a fundamental belief that to promote a caring workforce, the organisation itself must be caring. As the pioneer of ethics in home care in the UK, Penrose Care in 2012 became one of the first four providers in the country to become an Accredited Living Wage Employer and in 2013 the first independent sector provider to be compliant with Citizens UK’s landmark Social Care Charter. Penrose Care was named the Living Wage Champion for the London region in 2016 by the Living Wage Foundation.

Penrose Care’s ethical approach promotes higher quality social care workers and low staff turnover which in turn results in excellent care. Penrose Care is headquartered in Belsize Village, north London and was founded by Robert Stephenson-Padron, a healthcare research analyst, and Dr. Matthew Knight, a hospital physician.

Penrose Care – Living Wage Champion!

Belsize Village, London, UK: Last night, Penrose Care was announced as a winner of the Living Wage Champion Awards 2018 award for Industry Leadership.

The 2018 Living Wage Champion Awards celebrate individuals and organisations that have made an outstanding contribution to the Living Wage movement, and are proudly sponsored by Aviva, KPMG and the City of London Corporation.

In 2012 Penrose Care became one of the first four Living Wage accredited care homes. In an industry that has often struggled with low pay, Penrose Care used the real Living Wage as the foundation on which to roll out further outstanding labour standards; including guaranteed weekly hours, payment for travel time, private medical insurance and an occupational sick-pay scheme. These standards have set Penrose apart from its peers, and highlighted the possibility of decent pay and conditions within the care sector.

One of three winners of the Industry Leadership Award, including The Haven Wolverhampton and Unlimited Potential, Penrose Care were commended for their promotion of the Living Wage. Other shortlisted organisations included Curzon Cinemas and Creature.

Robert Stephenson-Padron, managing director of Penrose Care, said:

“Since our founding, Penrose Care has been the UK’s pioneer of the ethical provision of home care. The real Living Wage has been the cornerstone of our ethical framework as it is one of the most credible signs to all our stakeholders that Penrose Care is a genuinely caring organisation that respects the dignity of the human person – client, worker, or any other. We are greatly humbled in receiving the Industry Leadership Award from the Living Wage Foundation. The Living Wage Champion Award will further Penrose Care’s confidence in leading a caring organisation which engenders trust and honesty, two of the qualities needed to provide excellent care consistently.”

2018-06-08 (Penrose Care) Receiving Living Wage Champion Award

Robert Stephenson-Padron accepts the 2018 Living Wage Champion Industry Leadership Award on Penrose Care’s behalf. Looking on, Stuart Wright, Chair of the Living Wage Foundation. Alicia Lerche, support worker; and Olga García Gómez, deputy care manager at Penrose Care, and event host.

Olga García Gómez, who started at Penrose Care in 2014 as a support worker and now is a deputy manager, said:

“I am grateful to be part of Penrose Care, a company that takes great care of their staff and clients. The company feels more like a family and whereby you always feel supported due to a variety of ethical working conditions including the London Living Wage, and having available a manager 24/7. In addition to all this, you can develop your professional career at Penrose Care as I have. For someone coming from abroad, all these factors are very important in a job.”

Alicia Lerche, home care support worker; Olga García Gómez, deputy manager; and Robert Stephenson-Padron, managing director of Penrose Care after receiving the 2018 Living Wage Champion award.

Tess Lanning, Director of the Living Wage Foundation, said:

“Congratulations to Penrose Care on becoming a Living Wage Champion award winner. Employers like Penrose Care are leading the way in placing dignity and respect at the heart of their organisation. Over 4,200 employers have now signed up to the movement, and their leadership is making a profound difference to the lives of families and communities across the UK. Penrose Care’s work in celebrating and championing the Living Wage has been vital to its success.”

The Living Wage is an hourly pay rate set independently, updated annually, and calculated according to the basic cost of living. Employers choose to pay the Living Wage on a voluntary basis.

The awards were judged by an independent panel of business and community leaders.

2018-06-08 (Penrose Care) Neil Jameson Bob Padron Alicia Lerche Olga Garcia Kaneez Shaid

Left to right: Neil Jameson CBE, founder and executive director of Citizens UK; Robert Stephenson-Padron, Penrose Care managing director; Alicia Lerche, home care support worker of Penrose Care; Olga García Gómez, deputy manager of Penrose Care; and Dr Kaneez Shaid MBE, Chair of Trustees of Citizens UK at the Living Wage Champion Awards 2018 at Guildhall, London.

Media Contact

John Hood – Media Manager: John.Hood@LivingWage.org.uk

Mobile: 07507 173649 Landline 0208 017 2936

About the real Living Wage

The real Living Wage is the only rate calculated according to what people need to make ends meet. It provides a voluntary benchmark for employers that choose to take a stand by ensuring their staff earn a wage that meets the costs and pressures they face in their everyday lives.

The UK Living Wage is currently £8.75 per hour. There is a separate London Living Wage rate of £10.20 per hour to reflect the higher costs of transport, childcare and housing in the capital. These figures are calculated annually by the Resolution Foundation and overseen by the Living Wage Commission, based on the best available evidence on living standards in London and the UK.

The Living Wage Foundation is the organisation at the heart of the movement of businesses, organisations and individuals who campaign for the simple idea that a hard day’s work deserves a fair day’s pay. We recognise and celebrate the leadership shown by responsible employers who voluntarily choose to go further and pay a real Living Wage based on the cost of living, not just the government minimum. There are currently over 4,200 accredited employers.

What’s the difference between the real Living Wage and the Government’s national living wage?

In April 2016 the government introduced a higher minimum wage rate for all staff over 25 years of age inspired by the Living Wage campaign – even calling it the ‘national living wage’.

However, the government’s ‘national living wage’ is not calculated according to what employees and their families need to live. Instead, it is based on a target to reach 60% of median earnings by 2020. Under current forecasts this means a rise to less than £9 per hour by 2020. For under 25s, the minimum wage rates also take into account affordability for employers.

The real Living Wage rates are higher because they are independently-calculated based on what people need to get by. That’s why the Living Wage Foundation encourages all employers that can afford to do so to ensure their employees earn a wage that meets the costs of living, not just the government minimum.

The judges for the 2018 Living Wage Champion Awards were:

  • Dr Kaneez Shaid MBE, Campaigner and Chair of the Citizens UK Board of Trustees
  • Rosie Gillham, Living Wage employee and campaigner
  • Yvonne Roberts, freelance journalist, writer and broadcaster, The Observer
  • Jane Gratton, Head of Business Environment and Skills Policy at British Chambers of Commerce
  • Matt Sparkes, Head of Corporate Responsibility, Linklaters LLP
  • Tess Lanning, Director of the Living Wage Foundation

About Penrose Care

Penrose Care is an ethical provider of home care services London, United Kingdom to adults with disabilities and elderly persons, including those with dementia.  The company operates upon a fundamental belief that to promote a caring workforce, the organisation itself must be caring. As the pioneer of ethics in home care in the UK, Penrose Care in 2012 became one of the first four providers in the country to become an Accredited Living Wage Employer and in 2013 the first independent sector provider to be compliant with Citizens UK’s landmark Social Care Charter. Penrose Care was named the Living Wage Champion for the London region in 2016 by the Living Wage Foundation.

Penrose Care’s ethical approach promotes higher quality social care workers and low staff turnover which in turn results in excellent care. Penrose Care is headquartered in Belsize Village, north London and was founded by Robert Stephenson-Padron, a healthcare research analyst, and Dr. Matthew Knight, a hospital physician.

2018-06-08 (Penrose Care) Living Wage Champion Family Photo

2018 Living Wage Champions Family Photo.

Penrose Care shortlisted for Living Wage Champion Awards 2018

Living Wage Champion 2018 Shortlisted

London, England, UK – Penrose Care has been shortlisted by the Living Wage Foundation for the Living Wage Champion Awards 2018.

The awards recognise Living Wage employers and individuals that have made great contributions to communities and industries by implementing and celebrating the Living Wage.

Following the announcement which was made on 19 March 2018, today Penrose Care managing director Robert Stephenson-Padron said: “Penrose Care is honoured to be shortlisted for the 2018 Living Wage Champion ‘Industry Leadership Award’ along with other inspiring employers such as Curzon Cinemas. Penrose Care’s innovation in Britain’s home care sector is to be the first comprehensively ethical employer in the vital industry that supports the most vulnerable in our society remain independent in their own homes. Our innovations of the heart and spirit, rooted in respect for the dignity of the human person, have demonstrated that this is the surest way to deliver excellent social care day in and day out.”

Tess Lanning, Director of the Living Wage Foundation, said:

“I would like to offer huge congratulations to Penrose Care on being shortlisted for the Living Wage Champion Awards. By committing to responsible pay, employers like Penrose Care have changed the lives of thousands of people across the UK, lifting workers out of poverty and transforming communities. We look forward to celebrating again in June when we announce the winners.”

The Living Wage is an hourly pay rate set independently, updated annually, and calculated according to the basic cost of living.

Employers choose to pay the Living Wage on a voluntary basis, and almost 4,000 accredited employers have now committed to put respect and dignity at the heart of their organisations by paying the Living Wage.

The awards are judged by an independent panel of business and community leaders, and winners will be announced in June.

Notes to editors

The Living Wage Foundation’s shortlist announcement can be found here

Media Contact

John Hood – Media Manager: John.Hood@LivingWage.org.uk

Mobile: 07507 173649 Landline 0208 017 2936

The Living Wage is an hourly rate set independently and updated annually. The real Living Wage is calculated according to the basic cost of living in the UK. Employers choose to pay this wage on a voluntary basis. The real Living Wage enjoys cross-party support.

The UK Living Wage is currently £8.75 per hour. The London Living Wage is currently £10.20 per hour. This figure covers all boroughs in Greater London. These figures are calculated annually by the Resolution Foundation and overseen by the Living Wage Commission, based on the best available evidence on living standards in London and the UK.

The Living Wage Foundation recognises and celebrates the leadership shown by Living Wage employers across the UK. There are currently over 4,000 accredited employers. We are an initiative of Citizens UK. We believe that a hard day’s work deserves a fair day’s pay. We support responsible employers to voluntarily go further than the government minimum and pay the real Living Wage, to all their staff, so they can earn enough to meet the cost of living.

We receive guidance and advice from the Living Wage Advisory Council. The Foundation is supported by our principal partners: Burberry; GSK; Aviva; IKEA; Joseph Rowntree Foundation; KPMG; Linklaters; Nationwide; Nestle; Resolution Foundation; Oxfam; Trust for London; People’s Health Trust and Queen Mary University of London.

What about the Government’s national living wage?

In July 2015 the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced that the UK Government would introduce a compulsory ‘national living wage’. This new governmentrate is a new minimum wage rate for staff over 25 years old. It was introduced in April 2016 and the current rate is £7.50 per hour, rising to £7.83 in April 2018. The rate is separate to the Living Wage rate calculated by the Living Wage Foundation.  The government rate is based on median earnings while the Living Wage Foundation rate is calculated according to the cost of living.