Rugby FM presenter Jason Moss visited New Directions to present a cheque for £1,615 to our charity raised from the Pride of Rugby Awards night fundraiser. We are delighted that New Directions is Rugby FM’s Charity of the Year.
Jason interviewed Kelsey on the day, who is supported by New Directions, and is a fan of his show. He then later met Registered Manager Dean Crawford to ask about the services that New Directions provides. It is pleasure to open up our doors to local radio representatives who have been very generous and given us the opportunity to raise awareness about our vital charity and the people with disabilities who we support into the hearts and minds of the local community.
New Directions welcomed BBC radio journalist Jo Tidman to Richmond Court during Learning Disability Week this June for a close-up view of our charity’s supported living accommodation. Jo is BBC Coventry and Warwickshire Radio’s in-depth reporter for their breakfast show presented by Trish Adudu. Jo was given a guided tour of the communal areas at Richmond Court, around the garden and inside one of the flats.
Jo then spoke with Tina, who is supported by New Directions, in her own home about what having her own flat means to her and what the support she receives enables her to do. She was also invited to visit Gateway Court where she met and interviewed Registered Manager Carol Payne for further information about the provision of our services in supported living. Jo gathered a combination of audio and visual material which will be broadcast on the BBC radio show and on their digital media in the future.
As part of their continued support for our charity, Rugby Group Benevolent Fund Trustee, Ian Southcott presented New Directions with a cheque for £10,000 toward the sensory garden at our latest supported living development, Richmond Court. This garden will provide the people who live there with the ability to engage in activities that stimulate the senses; such as gardening, exploring nature and enjoying the attractive environment designed for accessibility to everyone’s needs. The community, multi-sensory garden will be an experience to be enjoyed by tenants and visitors alike.
The sensory garden will include structures and features that will heighten the senses of sight, smell, touch, sound and taste. It will consist of paved areas, raised beds for flowers, herbs and vegetables, a water feature, wind and wall chimes, interactive materials, mosaics and wall art. Supported living at Richmond Court with the addition of this interactive garden will develop independence skills, build positive relationships and give choices to tenants so that they can live their lives the way they want to.
Ian Southcott said, “This is the second grant we have had the pleasure in providing to New Directions (Rugby) in the past couple of years. The work they do is fantastic and you only have to visit their various premises to see the love and support extended to the residents.”
Established in 1955, The Rugby Group Benevolent Fund supports employees, previous employees of Rugby Cement and their dependants. It has extended its interests over the years to include community projects and charitable causes such as New Directions. These beneficiaries are situated near to where Rugby Cement plants once operated. Rugby Cement plants have now closed or have been absorbed by Cemex UK.