The aim of Sunflowers Care is to provide nurse led care to children aged from babies to 18 year olds in a home environment. The young people have a variety of complex health needs, including long term ventilation, respite care and rehabilitation following illness or injury. When it is complete the care home will operate from a fully adapted, four bedroomed house based in Cottenham near Cambridge.
The care provided will be individually planned and the focus will be the children having fun during their stay as well as acknowledging each child’s developmental and social needs. Sunflowers Care also offers facilities for the parents to stay with their child while they're at the care home.
Sunflowers Care is a not for profit social enterprise led by Lucy Andrews and Karen Higgins who between them have 48 years of nursing experience. Recognising the need for such a bespoke facility in the area they approached Resonance, a leading intermediary in the Social Funding sector. They helped Sunflowers to put together a business plan that would attract investment from the mainstream. Unfortunately their bank, whilst sympathetic to the mission of the organisation, were not able to provide them with the finance they needed to make their vision become a reality.
Having already located a suitable property, and attracting partial funding from their own savings and a local investor in Social Ventures, they approached Foundation East for support in equipping the facility, and to provide much needed working capital to get the business off the ground.
Since taking the loan 6 months ago they have been busy overseeing the major building re-fit, acquiring an extensive range of fixtures, fittings and equipment, and recruiting the right staff.
It is hoped that this fabulous new facility will open in early October, offering a national service although early signs suggest major interest from hospitals in London & South East; East Anglia and the Midlands.