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Valentines’s first for Claire and Paul


Getting in the mood for their first Valentine’s Day as a committed couple are Claire Benyon and Paul Bates, individuals who are supported by us in the village of Cranborne, Dorset.

The pair, who cemented their relationship with a formal commitment ceremony last summer, plan to celebrate February 14 with an intimate meal at their favourite local pub and an exchange of cards, flowers and chocolates.

Claire and Paul met 15 years ago and both attend Town Farm Workshops (a Regard Outcome With Learning OWL service) in Sixpenny Handley where they share an enthusiasm for gardening and pottery. In their spare time, the couple enjoy meals out, bowling and going to the cinema.

With different care needs, they choose to live in neighbouring services – Claire in Cedars, a supported living service, while Paul who lives nearby at Northfields, which is a residential service.

Karen Freeman, service manager for Regard, said: “Claire and Paul are devoted to each other – it’s lovely to see. Their commitment ceremony took place in Cranborne’s beautiful Rushmore Gardens, which were decorated for the occasion.

“They invited lots of family, friends and staff to celebrate their special day with them, and six months on they’re very much enjoying life as a couple.”

OWL Town Farm Workshop


Providing work-related activity for adults with learning disabilities

Town Farm Workshop is an innovative project from Regard, We provide care and



Our Cedars supported living service provides opportunities for individuals with learning disabilities and mental health conditions, to be tenants living in a shared

Northfields House


Specialism: Adults with a learning disability. At Northfields we work with people who have complex needs and a high level of vulnerability including