The jobs will be provided in Surrey, Hampshire and Berkshire and will support in part a recently-won contract with Surrey County Council to provide domiciliary and live-in care services.
Ark’s recruitment plans follow significant growth for the company which has included the recent acquisition of part of Anchor Trust and the whole of Better At Home. As a result, Ark has made considerable investment in its business support functions to integrate its ‘family of companies’.
Ark chief executive officer Mark Lavery said: “We have reached an exciting milestone in the development of Ark and our services to clients. We are now a fully integrated business with a signature identity that represents high quality standards of home care for all our clients.”
Ark’s new recruits can expect to benefit from the company’s commitment to providing high quality staff training, opportunities to gain further qualifications and career progression. “Not only that, innovation is at the heart of Ark and we will be working with our staff to ensure we evolve and deliver leading-edge care and services to clients,” added Lavery.
Two of the Better At Home operations, in Woking and East Molesey, have now been rebranded under the Ark identity, with staff employment contracts transferring to Ark under TUPE legislation.
Clients took part in open house events at Ark’s local offices to mark the rebrand and meet managers and carers. Around 300 people are receiving domiciliary or live-in care in Woking and East Molesey, delivered by more than 150 Ark care workers – equivalent to more than 6,000 hours of care a week.
Ark provides services for both private and local authority clients. Two thirds of its customer base in Surrey is made up of private clients.
Pictured: In the pink: Carer workers celebrate the Ark rebranding at one of the open house events. (Back, left to right) Sandra Wright, Marie Rigg, Brenda Pollard, Lucy Illett and Kathleen Keogh, with Andrea Hardy and Ark Home Healthcare Regional Manager Jane Phillips (front).