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 (greater Manchester) recognising the need for young people to progress from solo homes.

Meadows Care open further homes including Bury, Greater Manchester.
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 concentrate 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 Meadows 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 in the Midlands with Birmingham City Council. This initiated a period of significant investment into finding and opening homes. Dr Jane Toner becomes Director.

Meadows Midlands Head Office opens at Cuckoo Wharf.

16 homes in the North West and 4 Homes in Birmingham.
Therapy team moves to a bespoke therapy suite.

Another ‘good’ inspection for our Meadows School.
New homes opening in Yorkshire and Lancashire to add to our Greater Manchester / North West homes.

Meadows Care now run 21 homes with additional homes opening this year in Lancashire and West Yorkshire.
Niel retires as operational Director.

Karen Brandon appointed as Operations Director.
4 homes in Birmingham now on spot purchase following the end of the block contract.

Meadows Psychology Service is launched, providing therapy, consultation and other services to external providers.

New Board of Directors is launched to provide more strategic direction.
Lee Matthews returns to Meadows as Operations Director alongside:

  • Jade Law as Finance Director
  • Rebecca Dyson as HR Director
  • Dr Nicola Curran as Therapy Director

Meadows Care homes have never been so strong with 94.4% percent of homes being rated as ofsted good or outstanding, significantly above the national average.

Meadows Psychology Service (MPS) is growing and wins a significant contract with Wigan Local Authority and is already working with Salford LA.

Our team

Expert in-house team

Jonathan Rigg

Director & Owner

Dr Jane Toner

Director & Owner

Dr Nicola Curran

Director of Therapy Services & MPS

Lee Matthews

Operations Director

Niel Shelmerdine


Lara Elsegood

Placements Manager

Paula Forth

Head of Meadows School

Katie Knox

Area Manager

Alison O'Donnell

Area Manager

Rebecca Dyson

HR Director

Sue Cryer

Head of Training Services

Denise Anderson

Service Support Manager - Midlands

Lisa Thompson

Recruitment Manager

Michael Gilgun

Head of Therapy Practice

Jade Law

Financial Director

Gemma Clarke

Area Manager - North West

Kirsty Robinson

Area Manager - Midlands

Ian Bywater

Property and Facilities Manager