Care First has transformed the lives of many adults with challenging behaviour, learning difficulties/disabilities, mental health and autism.
Neil founded Care First with Chris and Veronica Winter in 1996. He had previously set up a residential care home for adults with learning disabilities in the early 1990’s and through this saw the need to establish greater learning opportunities for adults with LD.
He is responsible for overseeing the management accounts, statutory reporting, payroll management and legal matters. Neil has a BA (Hons) in Accounting and Finance, and qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Deloitte.
Chris provides strategic direction to the Group. Chris has worked within the Adult Social Care sector for over 35 years, teaching in a Special School, working with children with Autism, Learning Disabilities and behaviours of concern, working with families and crisis teams for children at risk of abuse.
A change in direction to working with Adults with Severe behaviours that challenge in Secure Hospitals and in the area of Forensics followed. Chris was also involved with Forensic input alongside police and Secure Units with Adults who displayed Severe Challenging Behaviours, also working for over 10years with Birmingham Social Services where he was Head of Disability Employment for Adults with Disabilities & Autism.
Governance and Ethics
Veronica is involved in sourcing various learning materials and resources for across the Care First Hub and working with co-directors on the Quality of Provision that Care First provides and to ensure compliance within the partnerships Care First holds with Councils and CCG’s.
Veronica also ran her own Residential Care Home for Adults with Autism & Complex behaviours of Concern
- Joel Winter – Operations Director Designate
- Emily Hobday – Business Operations Manager
- Jo Jeffs – Head of Health and Wellbeing
- Monika Gonciarz – Head of Clinical Services
- James Edwards – Head of HR
For over three decades, the Directors have utilised their extensive experience in providing education and development to adults with learning disabilities and difficulties. The social and economic benefits of the provision is well proven and both Local Authorities and the NHS recognise this. Since establishing Care First in 1996, the Directors have delivered significant cost benefits and savings to the NHS and improved the lives of countless families.
About Care First
Empowering people and improving lives is central to Care First’s mission. It’s not just about our student’s lives but the family’s lives too.
Our Promise to You
Our holistic approach improves the individual’s quality of life and the lives of his or her family and carers. We are committed to providing services for people who learn differently or whose behaviour is perceived to be challenging.
Our Success Stories
Late morning on a leafy overcast autumn November day Scott and his mum attended a transition event at Scott’s school, Oscott Manor.
Come and see what Hannah’s mum say about her daughter’s journey before Skills Tank.
It was a bright sunny, relatively warm Monday morning with bright yellow daffodils rising above the weeds to soak up the early March sun.