SweetTree appoints Dela Begum to take on new Learning Disabilities service

SweetTree Home Care Services are expanding their services to provide home care for people with learning disabilities and are thrilled to announce the appointment of Dela Begum as the manager of its new Learning Disabilities Service.

Dela began her career in the care industry at a young age and now has over 8 years experience of working in the care sector. Dela first joined SweetTree in 2002 as a carer and helped managing director Barry Sweetbaum set up SweetTree’s office in May of that year. In 2004 Dela left to work in the voluntary sector as a registered manager, running a residential home for adults with learning disabilities, where she took on numerous responsibilities.

After completing the NVQ level 2 in care and becoming a Learning Disabilities Assessment Framework (LDAF) assessor, Dela needed a new challenge. When Barry explained that SweetTree were expanding to support people with Learning Disabilities, Dela jumped at the chance to take on the role as specialist manager.

With the new service launching this spring Dela has been busy taking on and training new support workers. She is responsible for the instigation, development and continued growth of SweetTree’s Learning Disabilities Service, and is currently in the process of completing a Diploma/ASSET qualification in Working with Adults with Learning Disabilities.

The home Dela managed benefited from her energy and enthusiasm. She introduced Makaton (a form of sign language) to the home and took on various projects to improve the quality of life for the residents.

Dela said: ‘It is hugely important that SweetTree continues to build on its excellent reputation in home care, by providing the best possible support to individuals with learning disabilities.

‘Our aim is to ensure that the people we work with have as much input as possible into their care plans, and that opportunities are opened to them through our service. I am thrilled to be involved in such an exciting service and am very much looking forward to the future.’

Her commitment and passion has been welcomed at SweetTree where she has initiated the new service with huge success. With Mencap and Stars in the Sky on board for the launch events, Dela is hoping the open days will be a way for people with learning disabilities to meet one another and see the range of services available to them.

Managing director, Barry Sweetbaum said: ‘It is wonderful to have Dela back on board. She is a key asset to SweetTree and we are all very excited about the launch of this new service. I have every confidence that Dela will ensure it is a huge success.’

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If you require further information on the service, or would like an interview with Dela please contact Daisy Upton at daisy.upton@sweettree.co.uk

or call 07920 819 360 or 020 7624 9944

Notes to editors

  • SweetTree’s highly trained staff can provide care and support to elderly and disabled individuals living in their own homes. SweetTree also provides more specialist support to people with dementia, physical disabilities, learning disabilities and brain injuries.
  • SweetTree is based in North London and provides care for people throughout greater London
  • SweetTree Home Care services has been providing high quality home care for five years
  • SweetTree Home Care Services work closely with registered charity Jewish Care
  • The website is www.sweettree.co.uk

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