Meadows Care offers therapeutic residential placements to young people with complex needs.

We offer a complete package of care, therapy and education if required. We run small homes for just 1, 2, 3 or 4 young people, with high staffing ratios to provide the care and support required. We are based across the North West of England and in the Midlands. We ideally provide long term placements but we can accept emergency or short term placements if appropriate, based upon our impact assessment and matching assessment in the home.

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Meadows Care opened by the three Directors: Neil Shelmerdine, Fred Kearsley and Jonathan Rigg. Neil and Fred are both social workers, Jonathan has a background in Finance. The company was named after a young person that Niel and Fred cared for who wanted a company to be established with small homes, staff who had good values and were child focused.

Operating 3 solo homes in Rochdale with demand to open a 4th. Education Service begins to develop.

First 2 bedded opens , in the Oldham area recognising the need for young people to progress from solo homes.

Meadows Care open further homes including Bury. The Therapy Service is launched.

Operating 12 solo and dual homes, appointed a Head of Care.

Operating 14 homes in 3 geographical areas. Fred retires from the business. Beginning to reduce solo homes concentrating on dual model with some solo homes being converted to dual homes.

Move into Egerton house, Head Office with own training facilities with potential to open own school.

Meadows Care open their first 3 bedded home for young people.

Now at 16 homes with a high occupancy level and continued demand to open further homes. 3 bedded homes being developed successfully.

3 Bedded home successfully opens in Huddersfield, Yorkshire.

Meadows Care open a contract assessment home in partnership with Salford Local Authority following a successful tender submisson.

Meadows Care awarded contract to open 19 beds in the Midlands with Birmingham City Council. This initiated a period of significant investment into finding and opening homes. Dr Jane Toner made Director.

Meadows Midlands Head Office opens at Cuckoo Wharf.


16 spot purchase homes in the North West of 1, 2, 3 and 4 bedded homes.

4 Homes in Birmingham.

Meadows School and the therapy team in the therapy suite.

Head Offices housing administrative and support services, senior managers and referrals.

Our team

Expert in-house team

Jonathan Rigg

Director & Owner

Rachel Knights

Head of Therapy - Northwest

Lianne Taylor

Placements Manager

Dr Jane Toner

Director & Owner

Niel Shelmerdine

Director & Owner

Karen Brandon

Operations Manager - Northwest

Lara Elsegood

Operations Manager - Midlands

Sue Cryer

Head of Training

Karen Smith


Jenny Shackleton

Operations and Development Manager

Paula Forth

SENCo and Acting HeadTeacher

Rebecca Dyson

HR Advisor

Denise Anderson

Office Manager - Birmingham

Jane Blasberg

Operations and Quality Assurance Manager

Shazia Sarwar-Azim

Head Teacher

Lisa Thompson

Recruitment Manager

Dr Olivia Wadham

Lead Clinical Psychologist - Birmingham