More than 60 people attended a special event which marked the end of an era for the founders of the Shropshire-based care group.
Adelphi Care Services, which provides services to adults with learning disabilities, autism and challenging behaviour, has now become part of The Regard Group.
A special event took place to mark the official retirement of Joe and Annette Kwaterski, and for us to formally welcome Adelphi into Regard.
Guests at the event, at Bomere Village Hall, Bomere Heath, Shrewsbury, included service users, family members and staff.
The event began with Joe and Annette making a ‘farewell’ speech, thanking everyone for their hard work, and remarking on how they had seen the people they support grow and develop.
Kim Walshaw, locality manager, then presented them with gifts and made a short speech saying goodbye to them, and welcoming Regard.
Carole Edmond, managing director of Regard, then presented Annette and Joe with a bouquet of flowers before giving a welcoming speech, which was followed by a buffet lunch.
Kim Walshaw said: “It was a very emotional day, saying goodbye to Joe and Annette, but we wish them well in the future.
“Regard have been very supportive and have handled the transfer of Adelphi to Regard with care and kindness.
“The values of Regard appear to be the same as Adelphi, in that the needs of the service user are at the centre of everything we do, and we’re committed to delivering high-quality services.”
All of the people supported in Adelphi services have received a special welcome pack from Regard, which included a home hamper pack containing start-up items such as coffee, tea, biscuits, polish, cleaning wipes, tea towel and more, and also a personal pack which included toiletries and towels. Pictured to the right is Richard with one of his welcome hampers which he received at the welcome event.
Kay Beacham, regional director for Regard, said: “The welcome from the Adelphi team has been warm and friendly from the outset. All the team have shown a positive approach to the changes being introduced and are focused on enhancing the lives of the people they support by fully integrating with Regard.”