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Our Kent services got together for a cracker of a Christmas party


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A Christmas party for a group of local people with learning difficulties and mental health problems went with a real swing at Teynham Village Hall near Sittingbourne in Kent yesterday.

The festive get-together was arranged by the team at Berkeley House, a Regard residential home, and was attended by over 115 service users, staff, neighbours, family, and friends from eight of Regard’s nearby services, who enjoyed a Christmas disco with lots of their favourite seasonal songs and a festive buffet. Some of the highlights were a visit from Santa, who came bearing gifts, and the judging of a ‘design-and-make-your-own’ cracker competition, which everyone involved really enjoyed.

Alison Fraser, service manager for Berkeley House said: “Among our guests were some non-verbal individuals, who raised their thumbs and smiled to show how much they were enjoying themselves, while others - including some physically disabled people – told us what a great party they thought it was.

“We put a lot of effort into organising an event that everyone would enjoy, and my team and I were delighted that everyone had such a good time.”

Service users at the party came from Regard services located in Lynsted, Hythe, Sittingbourne, Herne Bay, Chilham, Bobbing and Rochester.

For families interested in knowing more, details are available from Theresa Cook on 07812 072043 or on the service page below.

Berkeley House


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Specialism: Learning Vacancies: No current vacancies.

Type of Service: The long-standing staff team at Berkeley House are highly skilled in supporting

Bradwell House


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Specialism: Adults with a learning disability, and accompanying diagnosis such as epilepsy, visual impairment and behavioural and emotional difficulties.

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Rhyme House


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The service is able to support individuals from the age of 17 as part of a transitional model of support we promote at Regard.

Seymour House


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Specialism: Autism, learning disabilities and/or associated mental health needs

Details of Vacancy: None

Type of Service: Residential

Ashford Lodge


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Specialism: Adults with learning disabilities who may also have complex needs and behaviours that are challenging.

Type of Service: 24 hour supported

Blue Cottage


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The service is able to support individuals from the age of 17 as part of a transitional model of support we promote at Regard.

Byfield Court


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Specialism: Adults with Learning Disabilities and Autism. Communication strategies are key to the success at this service.

Details of Vacancies: No

Rochester House


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Specialism Learning: Disability, autism and complex health and physical needs.

Type of Service: The environment has full accessibility to people using