Zimbabwean orphanage director opens own Leicester care agency
She is the director of a Zimbabwean orphanage and a former accountant – but Patience Chipaumire-Oyeniran has just opened the doors to her very own care agency in Leicester.
Mother-of-two Patience even donated her own home in Harare, Zimbabwe, to the orphanage founded by her late mother Francisca Saungweme in 2008.
Despite an unwavering commitment to the Danai Children’s Home in Harare, involving annual visits to raise funds and support the 30 children, this hasn’t stopped Patience from starting her own business here. Panashe Home Care Services was created so that elderly people can enjoy a high standard of comfortable care in their own homes.
Thanks to NBV Enterprise Solutions, Patience is also running a consultancy to advise budding care home owners on how to start up their own agencies.
Patience left her native Zimbabwe and came to the UK in 1990, training as a registered nurse and working in care homes before turning her hand to managing them. Her last job saw her managing a £2.5m budget and she has amassed over 20 years of experience working in care since her arrival.
She is now celebrating the launch of her own agency which started trading in October 2015 and has already been awarded several care contracts. Patience has recruited four members of staff and one driver, and has advised seven budding care home owners on how to set up their own agency in a matter of weeks.
Patience said: “I’m really happy that I can finally make a difference to someone’s life by opening Panashe Home Care Services. I believe people should not have to leave the comfort of their own homes due to old age and neither should they have to change their little ways to fit into the care system. Instead the care system should change its ways to fit with their lives. I believe in our motto, “there is no place like home” and I’m proud that I stand by this in everything I do.
“NBV have made a real difference to me and I was pleasantly surprised to find them. Without their support, I would have struggled to set up my own business. Their support helps me keep a focus on my aims and objectives. A lot of businesses do not have access to ongoing advice, if they did I believe that many companies would not fold.”
Richard Dearden, CEO of NBV Enterprise Solutions, said: “Patience is a truly unique individual and I’m sure that the opening of Panashe Home Care Services is just the start of another positive and successful journey for her.
“We look forward to hearing more from Patience at the Care Agency Workshops and I’m very pleased to hear that NBV have played a small part in her ongoing success. We wish her the very best with her new businesses.”