The local MP for Welwyn Hatfield, Grant Shapps, visited the homecare provider Visiting Angels to celebrate their fourth anniversary in Welwyn Hatfield.

In 2019, Visiting Angles South Hertfordshire opened in Welwyn Hatfield and was the first franchise of the US care provider of the same name to be set up in the UK. Visiting Angels, which has grown to have 14 team members, provides homecare primarily to those over 65 in their own homes, including a wide range of services from personal care, companionship, and dementia care.

During the visit, Gareth Redmayne, the Managing Director alongside Jacqueline Hayes, Registered Care Manager, got the chance to talk to Mr Shapps to discuss the issues and opportunities facing the social care sector in Welwyn Hatfield as well as share their stories about what it’s been like for Visiting Angels over the last few years.

Mr Redmayne thanked the government for providing support to small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic:

“The financial support provided to small businesses by the Government during Covid-19 has been instrumental in putting Visiting Angels in a good place to support so many clients following the pandemic. I will always be grateful to the government for their support.”

He continued:

“Despite the challenges of Covid-19, Visiting Angels has managed to grow in the area and is supporting more clients than ever. Due to the fantastic work of the caregiver team, Visiting Angels South Herts was awarded the prestigious Visiting Angels Brand Champion of the Year 2022 award last December.”

Mr Shapps congratulated Visiting Angels on their award and thanked them for their tireless work for the local community.

“I am so thankful for all the work the caregivers at Visiting Angels do for the residents of Welwyn Hatfield. Providing care to people who need it most is one of the most important jobs an individual can do and I’m so grateful to all those caregivers who dedicate their lives to the profession.”