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Extra Care Housing Schemes Lessen Impact of Housing Crisis in Kent

With a great deal of people on waiting lists for homes across Kent, Rapport Housing & Care has committed to build 235 new homes for over 55s, freeing up family homes within the county.

The new recruits find out what the year has in store

Rapport Housing & Care Welcomes New Recruits to Training Academy

Rapport Housing & Care welcomed staff members from across the organisation to its in-house training academy, ACE, The Academy: Centre of Excellence this week.

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We pledge our support to the National Care Forum’s ‘Quality First’ framework

Rapport Housing & Care, will be officially pledging its support to the National Care Forum’s (NCF) ‘Quality First’ framework, signing the Quality First Commitment to provide safe, high quality care and support services with an aim to continuously improving quality

Planning Permission Granted for Extra Care Housing in Kemsing

Sevenoaks District Council have approved plans for not for profit care provider and housing association, Rapport Housing & Care to develop an extra care housing scheme in Nightingale Road, Kemsing.

CEO Thanks Staff for Commitment During Snow

Rapport Housing & Care Chief Executive, Leon Steer, visited each of the organisation's services to thank staff for their commitment during the bad weather.

Weald of Kent Pupils Join First Homeowner to Open Tonbridge Showflat

Guests gathered at Rosewell House Extra Care Housing Scheme in Tudeley Lane, Tonbridge on Thursday 18th January, to celebrate the launch of the showflat.

New Name, Old Ethos – Introducing Rapport Housing & Care

The Abbeyfield Society and The Abbeyfield Kent Society confirm that Abbeyfield Kent will operate under the new name Rapport Housing and Care from January 2018 and will continue to provide much-needed care and support across the region as an independent organisation.

New Tonbridge Extra Care Scheme Reaches Milestone

Rosewell House, The Abbeyfield Kent Society’s new extra care housing scheme in Tonbridge, was topped out last week, as representatives of the charity joined contractors, Jenner to place the final tile.

New Larkfield Extra Care Scheme is ‘Topped Out’

Lawson House, The Abbeyfield Kent Society’s extra care housing scheme in Martin Square, Larkfield, reached a key milestone in the development this week, as the final roof tiles were fitted.

Charity Celebrates 50 Years of Caring for Kent with Canterbury Cathedral Service

From humble beginnings in Kingswood Road, Gillingham, The Abbeyfield Kent Society has grown to become the biggest independent Abbeyfield in the world. On 10th October, it celebrated its 50th anniversary with a Canterbury Cathedral service and a performance by the prestigious Invictus Games choir.

Abbeyfield Kent Merges With Abbeyfield Bromley

Abbeyfield Bromley has merged with The Abbeyfield Kent Society bringing with it two supported homes within the borough.

Work Progresses at Tonbridge Site

Our Tonbridge extra care housing scheme, which is scheduled for completion in April, is progressing nicely, with the apartment frames being put in up to the first floor level.

Work Underway on New Extra Care Housing Schemes

The Abbeyfield Kent Society's forthcoming extra care housing schemes in Larkfield and Tonbridge are progressing well.

Don't Rain on our Parade!

Charity Joined by Local Mayor for Groundbreaking Celebration

In its 50th Year, Abbeyfield Kent Starts Work on 184 Apartments for Over 55s

Now celebrating its 50th year, The Abbeyfield Kent Society has started work on its Maidstone extra care housing scheme, one of three planned projects in Kent, which combined, will provide care and housing for hundreds of older people.

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Friends Join Society for Annual Lantern Parade

Joined by its residents, friends and the local school, The Abbeyfield Kent Society, a charity that provides housing and care for older people, celebrated Christmas with a seasonal church service and lantern parade.

Abbeyfield Kent Merges With Abbeyfield Beckenham

The Abbeyfield Kent Society has merged with The Abbeyfield Beckenham Society, acquiring three new supported homes in Greater London.

Lord Lieutenant of Kent Marks Start on Site of new Larkfield Extra Care Scheme

The Lord Lieutenant of Kent, Mayor of Tonbridge and Malling and a host of guests joined The Abbeyfield Kent Society, to celebrate work starting on site for its new extra care housing scheme in Larkfield.

Connors House Marks Queen's 90th With Alfresco Tea Party

Residents at Connors House made the most of their recently renovated courtyard by enjoying an alfresco tea party, to commemorate Her Majesty’s 90th Birthday.

Abbeyfield Kent Marks 49th Birthday

The Abbeyfield Kent Society, a leading Kent based charity and housing association, marks its 49th birthday on Monday 16th May.

Abbeyfield Kent Celebrates Topping Out of New Care Home, Barnes Lodge

Joined by the Mayor and Mayoress of Tonbridge, the leader of Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council, local councilors and trustees of Abbeyfield Kent, the charity and housing association marked its new care home nearing completion with a Topping Out Ceremony.

Northwood Road Resident Grace Celebrates Centenary Birthday

After a lifetime spent travelling and working as a nurse, Grace Greenwood, settled down in Abbeyfield Kent’s supported home, Northwood Road and celebrated her centenary birthday on Saturday 9th April, with a party alongside family and friends at the Whitstable home.

Announcement: Incident at Watling Court

Planning Permission Granted for Tonbridge Extra Care Housing Scheme

Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council has approved plans for Abbeyfield Kent to build an extra care housing scheme in place of its current care home in Tudeley Lane, Tonbridge.

Planning Permission Granted for Larkfield Extra Care Scheme

The Abbeyfield Kent Society has succeeded in ensuring that the needs of the older people in the Larkfield area are met. Plans to build a much-needed extra care scheme to replace St Martins, our residential home in Martin Square have now been approved by Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council.

Residents Share Favourite Things About Christmas

In the spirit of Christmas, residents across The Abbeyfield Kent Society’s homes shared what they love most about the festive season in a short video.

Abbeyfield Kent Celebrates Christmas at Lantern Parade

The Abbeyfield Kent Society, a charity that provides housing and care for older people across the county, celebrated Christmas with a seasonal church service and lantern parade on Thursday 3rd December.

Society Discusses Loneliness Epidemic Following John Lewis Xmas Ad

Every year, the John Lewis Christmas advert is one of the most highly anticipated dates on the festive calendar, but with such a grave message behind this year’s offering, John Lewis and Age UK are calling for your support on a crucial issue.

Jill Redman Awarded Spirit of Abbeyfield 2015

Jill Redman, Head of Care at The Abbeyfield Kent Society, was awarded the Spirit of Abbeyfield 2015 at the charity’s annual ceremony.

Abbeyfield Kent Announces Name for new Tonbridge Care Home

As work continues on site at Tudeley Lane in Tonbridge, Kent based charity and housing association, The Abbeyfield Kent Society has unveiled the name of the future 101-bed care home and released new computer-generated images.

Abbeyfield Kent Marks Refurbishment With Celebratory Event

The Abbeyfield Kent Society, a leading charity and housing association, has celebrated the completion of refurbishment on its Paddock Wood supported home, with a celebratory event on Thursday 23rd July.

Keen Golfers Raise Over £2k for The Wish Appeal at Charity Golf Day

Associates, friends and staff of The Abbeyfield Kent Society enjoyed a day of golf at the Southern Valley Golf Club in Gravesend whilst raising money for The Wish Appeal at the charity’s golf event.

Abbeyfield Kent Joins Local Charities for Celebratory Service

The Abbeyfield Kent Society, one of the largest care providers in the county, joined local charities supporting older people for a celebratory church service on Thursday 4th June.

The Wish Appeal Celebrates 1st Birthday

The Wish Appeal, a fundraising initiative set up by The Abbeyfield Kent Society, celebrated its first birthday by taking a look back at the lifelong memories it made for residents during its first year of operation.

Volunteers Knit and Natter with Wigmore Residents

A group of dedicated volunteers spend their Wednesdays knitting, nattering and crafting with residents at Rogers House in Wigmore.

Tree Surgeon Goes Extra Mile for Wish Appeal

Sittingbourne Tree surgeon, Joseph Lovelock completed the Virgin Money London Marathon in four hours and 39 minutes, raising over £500 for a local charity.

Abbeyfield Kent Digs In

Building work is underway on site at Tudeley Lane in Tonbridge, where The Abbeyfield Kent Society are developing a new care home and extra care scheme for the older people of the area.

Abbeyfield Kent Couples Share Marriage Advice & Story of Past

In celebration of Valentine’s Day, two of The Abbeyfield Kent Society’s resident couples, who combined, have almost 130 years of marriage behind them, share their stories.

In It For The Long Run

Sittingbourne Tree Surgeon Joseph Lovelock is taking part in Virgin Money’s London Marathon this April, raising funds for The Wish Appeal, a fundraising initiative created by The Abbeyfield Kent Society which aims to grant wishes for residents living in our care.

Abbeyfield Kent Will get Muddy for Money

Do you want to get fit and have fun whilst raising cash for a great cause? Join our sponsored run and get muddy for money!

The Meaning of Christmas

Christmas has many different meanings to people, whether it is the excitement of presents, food, all the family coming together or waiting for Father Christmas to come down the chimney ;)

Abbeyfield Kent Celebrates Christmas at Annual Lantern Parade

The Abbeyfield Kent Society, a charity that provides housing and care for older people across the county, celebrated Christmas with a seasonal church service and lantern parade.

Gravesend School Raises Over £600 for The Wish Appeal

Pupils of Thamesview School in Gravesend have raised over £600 for The Abbeyfield Kent Society’s Wish Appeal by holding a non school uniform day on Friday 10th October.

Older People’s Day: Valuing Vintage Volunteers

Here at The Abbeyfield Kent Society we are lucky enough to receive invaluable support from over 200 volunteers, a large number of which are aged 55 and over. To mark Older People’s Day on October 1st, we take a look at the contribution made by our older volunteers and how giving up their time benefits them.

Residents Star as Everyday Heroes in Society’s Superhero Style Annual Report

The Abbeyfield Kent Society, a charity that provides housing and care to older people across the county, has unveiled its 2014 comic book style annual report.

Charity Granted Planning Permission to Build Care Home and Extra Care Scheme in Tonbridge

The Abbeyfield Kent Society has succeeded in ensuring that the needs of the older people of Tonbridge are met. Plans to build a much-needed care home and extra care scheme in replacement of the current Woodgate residential home have now been approved.

Hair Salon’s Fairy Fundraiser Raises £450

Staff at Hair Workshop in Tunbridge Wells dressed up as wish granting fairies to help raise money for The Wish Appeal, a charity scheme developed to grant wishes for older people.

Charity's Sponsored Walks Raise £4500

The Abbeyfield Kent Society’s homes across Kent have raised over £4500 for the Society’s new fundraising initiative, The Wish Appeal.