Symbiosia is a registered Community Interest Company: 13366499 in England and Wales.
The Social Enterprise status fits with Symbiosia's philosophy as both people and nature benefit.
Our visionTo revolutionise residential social care across the UK, benefitting people and planet.
To create a sustainable alternative to the current residential social care model. A carbon negative way of living that better connects residents, relatives, staff and the wider community.
Why it matters
Although we all want to live at home, aging well, we do not always get that choice. This often leads to a heart-breaking decision of having to live in a care home. At Symbiosia we believe that going into care should not be such a dreaded option.
We have an ambitious plan to revolutionise residential social care creating a sustainable and joyful setting. Symbiosia is a place open to all generations. Surrounded by nature, where people can live, play, visit and work.
We are currently reaching out to business case specialist to support pro-bono and raising funds to pay for in-depth financial modelling.
Esther Wiskerke, Founding Director
Esther has over 15 years experience in managing a dementia service that specialises in meeting non-pharmaceutically the needs of people who experience complex Behavioural Psychological Symptoms. She has a MSc in Advanced Care in Dementia and her care home related research was published. Since, she is a care home and corporate trainer in varied topics and is a member of the international Think Tank on Dementia, Sexuality and Human Rights. Esther is a Mindfulness facilitator and a visiting Fellow of the London Metropolitan University within the School of Social Sciences & Professions. Driven by her unconventional walk of life and extensive professional experience, once night, she decided to make a change ... Symbiosia was born.
Henry Trumpington, Director
As a barrister in independent practice for many years, Henry undertook a broad range of civil law advice and drafting. Henry was a founder member of Staple Inn Chambers in Holborn. Now retired from the Bar, he retains a connection with Staple Inn Chambers and remains Chambers’ Information Technology Officer. Henry’s interest in Symbiosia arises from his family’s experience of his father having spent the last few years of his life in a residential care home.
Professor Julie Hall - Chair of Advisory Board
Julie is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) of London Metropolitan University.
As professor of Higher Education, Julie's background is in sociology with a particular interest in inclusive teaching and learning, for which she was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship in 2014. She has worked in the sector for 36 years, starting her career with leading a London Guildhall University programme at partner institutions in London.
Julie has kindly accepted the role as chair of Symbiosia's advisory board.