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Our COO, Neil Gray

Neil Gray, Chief Operating Officer

About Us

Budwood was established in 2018 with a clear focus on providing young people with high quality care and support. We are committed to improving the lives of looked after young people providing bespoke packages of care and support to suit their individual needs. Budwood has 3 children’s homes and 7 16+ supported accommodation homes across Dorset and Hampshire ranging from multi occupancy and single occupancy. We are extremely proud of the growth and commitment of our employees and young people alike. We are a valued, accredited, and highly acclaimed provider within the sector.

Neil Gray is the Chief Operations Officer and Responsible Individual for Budwood Limited. Neil has over 30 years’ experience in working with looked after children and young people and is a Registered Social Worker with a postgraduate diploma in Leadership and Management.

Part of the Polaris Community

As one of the largest providers of children’s services and the very first provider of independent fostering in the UK, our community of services span the length and breadth of the whole of the UK.

We provide an extensive range of children’s services, which have grown and developed over our 30+ year history to ensure we can support children across a wide range of needs. By combining our community’s wide scale of services, as well as our local links, we’re transforming the future of children and children’s services.

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Ofsted Registered

Budwood are registered to provide supported accommodation in a shared or group living situation in premises used to accommodate looked after children or care leavers.