Cool2Care is a U.K.-based social enterprise that supports parents with disabled children. Founded by Phil Conway in 2007, Cool2Care's story began through Conway's own need to find available childcare workers, for his son Shaun, who are trained in working with disabled children. Cool2Care is truly an organization that is brought to life by its story. Conway's son, born in 1998, had physical and learning disabilities, which in turn, affected his balance, muscle strength, learning, coordination and sight -- and went undiagnosed for years.
By responding to a lack of supply in the market of care-workers for disabled children, Cool2Care now has over 60 experienced staff throughout the United Kingdom. Each possible personal assistant (PA) or care-worker is trained, screened and given Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) checks by Cool2Care to ensure that the care-workers are the best of the best -- and best suited for the family in need. Cool2Care is exceptionally invested in making certain that the PA or care-worker chosen is specific to what the family (as a whole). Cool2Care is able to find families care-workers for part-time, full-time, holidays or even just a night a week.
Other services and programs are offered at some Cool2Care locations, including Workforce Development Training and Volunteer Befriending. For all its work, Cool2Care has been recognized in the social entrepreneurship community, including the coveted Ashoka Fellow membership and an ethical business award by the Social Enterprise Mark.
As stated on its website, Cool2Care's vision is â€œto be the leading provider of one-to-one matching services for disabled young people and their families in the UK, incorporating trained volunteers, care-workers, personal assistants, befrienders, buddies, and professionals.â€ Cool2Care has innovatively responded to a lack of infrastructure, resources, development and services for families with disabled children. Cool2Care's empowering program is one attempt to facilitate families so that they can live enjoyable and healthy lives.
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