To mark the 20th Anniversary of Care South’s Home Care office in Crewkerne, the team enjoyed a celebratory lunch with 50 special guests from past and present that had all contributed to the office’s success over the years.

Past employees, colleagues from other care agencies, the local authority and local community services and suppliers all came together to reminisce about the office and its success with a delicious anniversary lunch. This followed an earlier celebration in July when they marked the occasion with their clients by holding an afternoon tea event.

The Care South office officially opened its doors 20 years ago to meet the demands of a large home care contract with Somerset County Council. From the beginning, it also offered home care services across Bridport, but this continued to grow and from 2005 the office covered the whole of West Dorset.

Since it opened its doors, a large number of innovative care and support services have been run from the office, as well as standard home care, including night response, home from hospital support, prevention of admission to hospital, reablement, general home support, care line response, extra care housing support and the company’s Care South Select services for self-funding clients. The office has close links with the community and also works with the local police and fire service to keep vulnerable people in the area safe.

Over the past 20 years, the team has delivered dementia training to local businesses and GP practices and has continued to raise money for MacMillan nurses and the Alzheimer’s Society through coffee mornings, cake sales, sponsored walks and even parachute jumps! They are currently fundraising to buy a Raizer Lifting Chair for use in the community and have already raised 50% of the funds needed.

Director of Home Care at Care South, Carolyn Collins, said “We were delighted to mark the anniversary today with our guests. The event was a huge success and it was great to celebrate with so many members of our local community and recognise the partnerships we have made over the past 20 years. We are now looking forward to maintaining our quality and often vital services and looking forward to what the next 20 years will bring.”