Abbeyfield Kent establishes Rapport
The Abbeyfield Kent Society is now operating under the new name Rapport Housing and Care as an organisation independent of the Abbeyfield Society.
Abbeyfield Kent are recognised as experienced providers of care and housing for older people across the region and have grown exponentially to provide a variety of care options for local older people. Today they operate 14 services accommodating more than 400 residents.
With this growth, Abbeyfield Kent have increasingly taken on additional resources and believe themselves to be in a strong position to manage their local operations and take forward their own strategic plans for growth and development in the local region.
Rapport chief executive Leon Steer said the organisation had plans to meet the sharply increasing numbers of older people and was currently developing extracare schemes in Tonbridge Larkfield and Wateringbury.
“We are a leading housing and care provider in the south-east, and are flexible and responsive to the needs of people in later life,” said Mr Steer.
“This ethos is one in which we believe sincerely and passionately, and this shows in practical terms through our responsive and high-quality services.”
Abbeyfield Society chief executive David McCullough said the society supported Rapport’s decision to go forward independently.
“They have built up a strong staff team and exceptional goodwill in the local area,” said Mr McCullough.
“This move will give them greater independence to continue to develop at the pace and direction they want to, delivering excellent services that meet local need into the future.”
The Abbeyfield Society will still continue to have a presence in the local area through both their centrally managed schemes and neighbouring schemes operated by local independent Abbeyfield Member Societies.