Navan student wins Bluebird Care Scholarship

A Nursing student from Navan is the beneficiary of the newly created Bluebird Care Dunboyne College 2020/2021 scholarship.

Pamela Ryan from Navan, who is currently studying for a QQI Level 5 award in Dunboyne College of Further Education, is the first recipient of the Bluebird Care scholarship. She will have her course fees covered under the scholarship and will be supported with her coursework by the company.

The initiative to sponsor a student came from Gavin Kane, Director of Bluebird Care. “I heard about the scholarship programme in Dunboyne and so I approached the college offering a scholarship in the Healthcare sector. It ties in with our commitment to continuous upskilling and training. We invest in our own staff development, conscious that quality training is at the core of our service delivery to clients. This scholarship will support students in their healthcare studies, an area in which there is a growing demand for qualified staff.”

Gavin was impressed with Pamela’s commitment. “Pamela is a determined and confident student who was very clear from the very beginning of her course that she wanted to enter the nursing sector. Her scholarship is well deserved and recognises her work and the effort she has put into her course to date and Bluebird Care are delighted to support her through the scholarship.” The company is also supporting Pamela with her coursework. “Our support is not only financial as our Clinical Nurse Manager is also available to support Pamela with her course work.”

The Bluebird Director hopes to expand the relationship with Dunboyne College. “We invest in our own staff training and development and we are talking to Dunboyne College about opportunities for our staff to complete courses on a part-time basis under the Skills to Advance funding.”

Thanking Gavin and his team for the opportunity Pamela Ryan acknowledged that the scholarship will enable her to fulfil a lifetime dream. “It’s incredible. It’s the opportunity of a lifetime and will really open doors for me to complete my studies.”

Pamela decided to return to college when Covid-19 struck. She always wanted to work in the healthcare sector and says that she decided to use the time to retrain. “I applied during the lockdown and was delighted to be offered a place as there was high demand. I remember when they told us about the scholarship. I immediately thought I had to apply for this right away. The scholarship will give me people to talk to as mentors and networks that will help me find out where I want to be in the future and help me get there.”

Pamela is full of praise for her teachers at Dunboyne College. “The teachers really made sure we understood what we were doing. They have worked in the healthcare area and know what is required to succeed. They are very knowledgeable and are able to share a lot of their experience with us. I am the type to always ask questions and they provide information and guidance for the coursework we have to do.”

Denis Lenard, Principal, Dunboyne College, also thanked Bluebird Care. “After the difficult year that 2020 was for the healthcare sector, we are particularly delighted with their support. This practical help in the form of the scholarship and support for coursework links our students with the world of work which is a core focus for the further education and training sector.”

About Dunboyne College

Dunboyne College of Further Education offers over 50 courses accredited by QQI at levels 5 and 6. Courses include Healthcare, Nursing & Midwifery, Business and Accountancy, Computers and Information Technology, Pre-University Law and Teaching, Journalism and Digital Marketing, Film Production and Music Performance, Science and Agricultural Science. The college also offers industry standard qualifications in Beauty Therapy (ITEC) and Senior and Junior Trade awards in Hairdressing. Students on the Horsemanship and Equine course can also study for their Green Cert.

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100 new jobs to be created across Meath & Louth over next 12 months with Bluebird Care.

Bluebird Care, a leading homecare provider, is delighted to announce it will be creating 100 new jobs in Meath & Louth, owing to an increased demand for services in the local areas.

Bluebird Care Meath & Louth are recruiting 100 Health Care Assistants in a mix of full and part time roles. While suitable qualified candidates are preferred consideration will be given to those with no qualifications but who are interested in a career in care. Bluebird Care have launched an innovative “Earn while you Learn” programme. The programme is for individuals looking to change career paths and secure a QQI Level 5 qualification. Full training will be provided.

Local Franchise Director Gavin Kane commented: “Bluebird Care are proud of the high-quality professional service they provide across Co. Meath & Louth We are delighted to announce that we are seeking to recruit a number of new staff in the coming months. These additional staff will allow us to increase our capacity and the professional range of services we provide to our customers. We’re encouraging anyone who may have an interest in working in this exciting care sector to contact us to learn more about the work we do.”

“We are committed to providing high-quality, safe and effective care in our client’s own home which is, more often than not, their preferred place of care. Our unique and dynamic working environment allows for rewarding and flexible employment opportunities for potential key staff. With this in mind, we are delighted to begin recruiting caring and compassionate people to join the Bluebird Care team.”

“We are now inviting all interested and qualified persons to contact their local office, details can be found on Alternatively, please call the Meath office on 046 9090333 or the Louth office on 042 9370990

Bluebird Care offers a range of continuous professional development supports to its staff including training programmes, mentoring and boast various avenues for staff advancement nationwide.





Bluebird Care Wexford awarded the EcoMerit Environmental Certification

Bluebird Care (Wexford) has been awarded the EcoMerit Environmental Certification in recognition of their commitment to ongoing environmental improvement.

Bluebird Care (Wexford) provides care and support in the home and community to people of all ages and abilities and has the distinction of being the first home care company in Ireland to achieve this award.

The award recognises that the company has successfully put in place a programme of energy, waste and water efficiencies to reduce their environmental footprint.

On receiving the EcoMerit Certification, Michael Corcoran, Managing Director said “We are delighted to receive EcoMerit Certification and are looking forward to using the programme to help us meet our environmental sustainability goals. We are committed to reducing our impact on the environment and this certification process enables us to focus on improvements and to measure the outcomes.”

On awarding the certificate, EcoMerit managing director Phil Walker said “Now more than ever, Ireland needs its businesses to rise to the challenge of climate change.  Bluebird Care (Wexford) joins an Ireland-wide EcoMerit community who are doing just that – with practical measures which make a real, measurable difference.”

The EcoMerit Certificate is valid for three years subject to annual review of Bluebird Care (Wexford’s) commitment to meet the criteria of the EcoMerit Programme.

Bluebird Care LRW achieves Investors in People accreditation and retains ISO 9001 Certification

Bluebird Care Longford, Westmeath & Roscommon (LRW) is pleased to announce that it has been accredited Investors in People Standard, demonstrating its commitment to high performance through excellent people management.

Investors in People is the international standard for people management defining what it takes to lead, support and manage people effectively to achieve sustainable results.

Commenting on the award Oliver Daly MSc., Managing Director of Bluebird Care (LRW), said: “It is a remarkable recognition of the Leadership Team dedication and hard work which is led by Mary Fagan CNM2. It is a journey that we started in 2018 when we first gained ISO 9001 accreditation which acknowledged the high quality and consistent service to our clients”.

“This journey continues with Investors in People, which demonstrates best in class people management standards, underpinning this is a framework reflecting the latest workplace trends, essential skills and effective structures to support our people. I am extremely proud of the work our team does every day in the community delivering essential services.”

Dr John Fitzgerald, Lead Assessor, commented: “congratulations to Bluebird on their success of achieving Investors in People accreditation, it is a strong, driven and capable company with the customer at the heart of everything they do.”

Bluebird Care Longford Westmeath & Roscommon are the only Homecare provider in the region to be internationally accredited for both, its people managed systems and its quality management systems.