Belong has appointed Ali Gopaul as operations manager, with oversight of the organisation’s Greater Manchester care villages, as well as the group’s health and fitness provision.
With over 18 years in care and an MSc in health and social care management, Gopaul has previously worked for Bradford District Council, managing day care for adults with physical and mental health disabilities.
He has also held operations and regional management positions in the private sector in older people’s and dementia care.
He will work with teams in Atherton, Wigan and Didsbury, and Belong’s on-site exercise studios and specialist fitness instructors will fall under his remit.
The operator’s gym assists with enablement and rehabilitation, supporting older people to maintain their independence through improved strength, balance, mobility and wellbeing outcomes.
Gopaul joins as the group prepares to open its eighth and ninth care villages, with Belong Chester opening in January, followed by Belong Birkdale, scheduled to open later in 2022.