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National Learning Disabilities Awards - Recognition for Regard time after time


We are delighted to announce that, after judging, we are through to the final in five categories at the National Learning Disability Awards, an awards evening is being held in Birmingham on 14 July.

The National Learning Disabilities Awards celebrate excellence in the support for people with learning disabilities and aim to pay tribute to individuals and organisations who excel in providing quality care.

The Regard Group itself is up for ‘The Employer Award’, having satisfied judges that we are an ‘exceptional employer…committed to their employees delivering an excellent service to their customers, people with learning disabilities or people with autism and their families.’

The highly-coveted ‘People’s Award’ which celebrates individuals or organisations who offer exceptional encouragement and support ‘for individuals with learning disabilities and or autism in providing support services and or personal development and inclusion,’ has on its shortlist our OWL Town Farm Workshop in Sixpenny Handley, Dorset, where 31 adults with learning disabilities collaborate on numerous projects, united in their pursuit of positive outcomes for themselves and the enterprise.

Service Manager Stephanie Duncan (Arrowe Hall, The Wirral) – is nominated for her ‘high level of expertise, exceptional skills in leadership and management, great support for colleagues and positive commitment to person-centred support’ - has beaten off strong competition to achieve inclusion in the shortlist for ‘The Manager Award.’

Meanwhile Rachel Turner (Gordon Avenue, Camberley) who was nominated because of her good humour, dedication, great team-working and the dignity and respect she affords to those she supports, has also been named as a finalist in her category: ‘Support Worker Award.’

And finally our specialist Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) Service has been shortlisted for a new award which will recognise best practice in PBS, the overriding goal of which is to enhance quality of life for individuals and their support providers.

Sandie Foxall-Smith, CEO, said: “It is so lovely when the hard work we all put in receives objective recognition like this from fellow care industry professionals.

“Just being included in so many shortlists makes us feel like winners already, but obviously we’re all hoping very much that at least some of these translate into outright winners when the results are announced on the awards evening.”

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

Gordon Avenue


Gordon Avenue is a supported living, younger person’s transition service, ideal for young adults leaving residential college or foster care/ family home.

Arrowe Hall


Specialism: Arrowe Hall is a beautiful stately home set in its own grounds within a large municipal park and golf course. The tenants