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Promoting community spirit with fun and friendship at Starboard House


A warm welcome was enjoyed by visitors to our Southampton residential care home recently, when the people who live there held an afternoon tea party as part of the National Care Homes Open Day scheme - a nationwide initiative set up to promote closer links between care homes and their local communities.

Starboard House in Woolston is one of 20 services run by The Regard Group to hold an open day in 2018 with the theme of ‘Linking Communities’. Service manager Michelle Hill invited people from five of Regard’s other services located within reach of Southampton, as well as neighbours from the local community, to come along and join in the fun.

The six individuals with learning disabilities who live Starboard House were pleased to have the opportunity to show visitors the colourful blooms and flourishing fruit and vegetables in their garden, which last year won the prize for ‘Best Garden,’ in the care-provider’s national ‘Regard in Bloom’ competition.

Service manager, Michelle Hill, who arranged the open day with assistance from the rest of the staff at Starboard, said: “The people we support at Starboard House are an older group, ranging in age from 60 to 88, and some of them are very keen gardeners.

“At the moment our garden is looking particularly lovely, full of colourful bedding plants and hanging baskets, with tomatoes, runner beans and pumpkins coming to life in our veg plot.

“It was great for people to have the chance to share their horticultural achievements with friends and family.

“We would like to say a big ‘thank-you’ to everyone who attended and helped make this such a memorable community day.”

Guests were pleased to select their favourite party dishes from a fantastic buffet spread, and enjoyed meeting up with friends old and new.

The team at Starboard House received a comprehensive endorsement from the Care Quality Commission in March 2018, being ranked ‘Good’ across the board for safety and effectiveness, and for providing support which is caring, responsive and well-led.

The team at the service supports people with learning disabilities 24/7, with an in-depth understanding of autism and other complex physical and mental health needs, and they pride themselves on promoting individual decision-making in a way that encourages people to gain self-confidence and live their lives to the full.

The service occupies a large detached Grade II listed Georgian property, and the spacious back garden is divided into patio area and lawn.

Starboard House


Starboard House is a registered residential home providing support to 7 individuals with moderate learning disabilities. The individuals who use our service require 24 hour