A Northumberland-based homecare organisation has appointed two new members of staff to strengthen its management team.

Helping Hands Community Care, which provides care and support services to people across Northumberland, has appointed Steve Massey as the new head of homecare and compliance across its Hexham and Cramlington branches.

Meanwhile, Julie Ling, who will be based in the Hexham branch, has been appointed as head of finance.

The pair bring decades of knowledge to the team.

Helping Hands provides general and specialist services to allow people who are elderly, disabled or suffering from dementia to continue to live in their own homes.

Earlier this year, the organisation moved to Haugh Lane in Hexham from its former Stocksfield office and relocated from Blyth to Northumberland Business Park, Cramlington.

The new appointments see former RAF officer Steve bring his extensive background in the care sector to Helping Hands.

Having previously owned and managed his own care home, this year marks his 23rd year in the care sector.

Following this, Steve went on to hold senior roles in several care homes, including holding a regional manager position.

Steve said: “I am really enjoying my role and getting to know the team. I always strive for excellence and I’m looking forward to being a part of Helping Hands as it continues to strive towards delivering the highest quality of care.”

Julie Ling, a qualified accountant, has 25 years of experience in the public sector, charity and care environments, having worked for the NHS and the Percy Hedley Foundation.

She will oversee all financial activity and report across Helping Hands, while managing and strengthening the finance team.

Julie said: “I’m really proud to be part of a progressive company that is doing such important work across Northumberland and increasingly further afield.”