A live music night that took place at Richmond Court was an instant hit with guests who are supported by New Directions services. Support Workers Ross McAusland and Jo Litten with her band entertained with popular music and songs that Jo and Ross had written themselves. Guests were standing up, dancing, singing along, clapping their hands and enjoying the refreshments. The idea for this event came from a ‘Your Voice’ meeting. This is a time when individuals from supported living meet to discuss activities. The events held are decided by the people who attend the meetings and centred around inclusion and choice. This was the first time where a live band had visited New Directions.
Richmond Court provided a great layout for this type of event with a great atmosphere and the people who went are still talking about it weeks after. Some of the individuals who attended said that they had not seen any live band nights or concerts before. Guests were very enthusiastic about the event. Elaine said ‘I enjoyed it’ and Kenton replied when asked what he thought said, “Yes I liked it.”
As well as events in the evening, Richmond Court also hosts day events where people who specialise in certain areas give talks or provide practical activities with whoever would like to attend. Recently an officer visited from Rugby Police to talk about Hate and Mate Crime. With the success of these events New Directions will be hosting many more.
Twelve young people raised £477.72 as Team Reiss for New Directions by supporting people with disabilities, and completing their National Citizen Service (NCS) as part of a government-funded initiative. Team Reiss designed a successful sports day for six people from New Directions day activities and opportunities service, which took place at Rugby College. They also designed and delivered a campaign in Rugby town centre inspired by New Directions to make people aware of diversity and challenging stereotypes about disabilities.
Members of Team Reiss used drama on their initial visits to New Directions to understand how the charity helps people and the local community. As part of the awareness campaign, they created a canvas tree and asked members of public to mark a thumbprint on its trunk, as well as providing a bag of sweets to them and an inspiring quote. NCS is a government-funded initiative that supports community engagement and social integration among young people. It is delivered in Warwickshire by The Challenge and is aimed at 15-17 year olds across the UK. NCS brings together schools, community organisations, businesses and individuals to build a stronger and more cohesive society. NCS is recognised by UCAS and the experience is great to demonstrate skills to employers.
New Directions Manager Carol Payne said, “On behalf of the people we support I would like to congratulate and thank Team Reiss for their commitment and hard work. We are delighted that young people from NCS The Challenge have supported our charity once again and delivered such a positive and successful campaign of events. These young people have gained new skills and experiences, while making new friends and contributing to their community which will be an unforgettable experience that will help them get ahead in work and life.”
Vicarage Road one of our residential services has received an ‘Outstanding’ rating in an unannounced inspection by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). The inspector rated the New Direction’s residential service with the highest grade possible for being ‘well-led’ and developing systems that ensure excellent standards of care. The Care Quality Commission’s report praised the positive culture of the home, which empowers the people they support to live the life they choose, make decisions, pursue interests and maintain independence and be part of their community.
The inspector commended New Directions’ management and support staff at Vicarage Road for their imaginative and innovative values that monitor and improve quality of the services provided. The people that live at Vicarage Road take part in the running of their own home through regular people led meetings and they and their families are involved in the planning of the support that they receive. The report states that staff gain confidence from sharing good practice and feel that their opinions are valued, they are supported, motivated and able to make suggestions for improvements. Feedback from one relative said, “It (New Directions) is an extremely positive and forward-thinking organisation.”
Registered Manager at Vicarage Road Dean Crawford said, “We are thrilled with the results of our latest CQC inspection at Vicarage Road. I am enthusiastic about developing services at New Directions further. We support people with disabilities to make decisions about the care that they receive. We also work in partnership with other organisations to keep up to date with best practices for providing our person-centred services. We are aiming toward an overall ‘Outstanding’ result and will continually identify ways to improve the quality of care that we provide.”