About Appletree Support

We pride ourselves on being a family run independent provider of specialist care and support for children and young adults. We have no franchises and we are not nationwide we are small and local and here to directly meet the needs of our local community.  

 

Lead by a team of  Professionally Qualified Social Workers and Nurses we are best placed to assess and meet your social care needs and requirements.    

  

By working together with our clients and their families we create bespoke packages of care to  achieve successful outcomes.   We are personalised , professional but above all we CARE.  

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BA (Hons) DipSW
Director

Jo Mifsud    

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 Jo is a Registered Social Worker with Social Work England and has been supporting disabled children and young people and their families for the past 28 years. She began her career as a special needs nanny and then a community care worker  in the early 90's before moving on to gaining a degree in learning disabilities as a specialism and the further a social work qualification. She practiced as a social worker for both Hampshire County Council and Portsmouth city council  before founding Appletree Support Ltd in 2007.  Jo  comments;  

 

 "Many care companies are owned by larger scale businesses, have multiple branches or franchise models.  Appletree's leadership is different, as the director I have undertaken every role that I expect my employees to carry out.  My leadership team are not hidden away in tiers of hierarchy, they are who picks up the phone, they are who's at your door to see how it’s all going and they are who is there when you need us.  We all know everyone by name and ensure that there is an open organisational culture with the wellbeing of our clients and staff at the centre".  

Jo is a member of the "Chartered Management Institute" and offers coaching and mentoring to local services and charities. 

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Manager

Shirley Cosshall

Shirley's qualification is in Neonatal intensive care, midwifery, paediatric nursing and administration management. She has practiced in Intensive care nursing and midwifery since 1998 working across both the public and private sectors in hospitals in both South Africa and Saudi Arabia as a Head nurse and Nurse manager. Shirley has worked with multiple complex health needs.  

As the registered manager Shirley is responsible for the day-to-day activities of our services. She offers all her staff bespoke healthcare training according to the individual needs of our clients and trains and develops them in order that she has a team of multi-talented people ready to provide the quality care Appletree delivers under her management.   Shirley says about her job:

 

 " We value our support staff and the amazing support that they provide to some of the most vulnerable children and young people in our community, by providing bespoke individualised client care, considering what the client own views are round their own care and support that they receive. 

I'm passionate about caring for children and this is evident by our high standards I set and the delivery of high-quality quality care and support to our clients all the time. My aim is to set Appletree apart from other services by becoming the children and young person domiciliary service of choice within Hampshire and West Sussex".  

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Care Lead

Amie Lucas

 Amie has worked in the care industry for 20 years and has gained qualifications in health and social care management.  She has worked in both clinical , community and residential settings. She is the friendly voice on the phone that our staff and clients get to know , she is there to discuss support requirements and changes in care needs.  She also works in the community and directly leads the care team working alongside them carrying out spot checks an on site support. Amie says about her job:

 

 "As a team we are proud to deliver high quality care to our clients and support to our support workers. I like to know I have put a smile on at least one persons face a day as this makes me feel passionate and proud to work at Appletree".  

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Registered Nurse

Kellie Grieves

Kellie started her career in care as a community care worker and carried out her Nursing training alongside her work whist raising her children. She understands the needs of the families Appletree works with having had two children herself with complex and multiple health care requirements.  She has been a valuable stakeholder of Appletree since 2007.  She has been registered with the NMC for the past 15 years  and supports our service by offering training,  consultation and professional assessments of care  where required. Kellie says about her job: 

 

 "I have enjoyed being involved in Appletree's journey over the past 15 year. It's been so rewarding to meet and work with the clients and staff of the service".  

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Finance Officer

Zoe Standing

Zoe comes from a financial background managing teams of people within commercial industry but after having her three children she retrained as a bookkeeper and furthered her financial qualifications in other lines of finance administration. This year she will has been with Appletree for ten years.  She is a dedicated and supportive member of the team and her experience with contracts and regulations in the sector in invaluable.  She works as part of our management team  to ensure smooth running's of the finances of the service and much more.  Zoe says about her job:

 

 "I  have very much enjoyed the past 10 years with Appletree and find my role very rewarding whilst also being part of a fantastic team".  

 
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Education and Autism Consultant

Sue Stephens

Sue has been a stakeholder of Appletree for the past 15 years. She is an educational specialist in the field of Autism.  Having been a head teacher for a school for Autistic children as well as a lead trainer and conference speaker for the National Autistic Society, her expertise and training support for our service is invaluable.

“Having worked as a consultant with Appletree since 2008 I have always been impressed by its ethos which demonstrates real care and concern for the children, young people and families it serves.  Appletree staff are well trained and well supported so that the quality of service is excellent. It continues to be a pleasure to work with the staff and with the families supported by Appletree.”

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Contact Appletree Support

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Careers at Appletree Support

Join Appletree Support for a rewarding career in a professional led,complex care service for children and young adults. We offer flexible roles to suit you as well as contract work. We offer training and development opportunities too!

Be part of the Appletree difference today by joining our wonderful team. You can apply for a specific role or apply now to be matched to a suitable role when it becomes available.