Support Worker Ann Anderson who organised the event said “As we advertised by word of mouth we expected a low key affair but on the day there was a big turnout” All the service users from all houses came and staff, families and supporters of the charity. Support Workers Val Brooks and Kathy Gilbert were overwhelmed with orders for cream teas, strawberries and cream and delicious home baking. There was even a giant cupcake made by Support Worker Hayley Meadwell on sale.
The garden was decked with union jack bunting with seating all the way round although many people mingled. Melanie Baxendale was helped by Service User Barbara to sell items on the bric-a-brac stall. There was a lot of help on the day and it was a huge success. Support Worker Carol Harrison and Service User Brian supplied visitors with refereshments. Support Worker Daphne Codling provided a beautiful stall with plants for sale that had been potted by Service Users in her Gardening Group.
The event was held between 2.30pm and 4.00pm raising £340.33 toward a day out for the residents at Gateway House. This may go toward a night out at the Christmas pantomime and a meal.
New Directions has recently opened a new purpose built short stay home, Milner House, a barn conversion with three ground floor bedrooms. Each bedroom has its own large en-suite wet room, with disabled facilities including one of the rooms being fitted with an overhead tracking hoist which runs all the way to the toilet and shower. In addition there is a communal bathroom with an electronic bath to support those with, or without, mobility issues to have a bath if they choose.
The home is very modern in its design and has the necessary adaptations such as widened doors, lowered kitchen surfaces and space underneath the kitchen sink and cooker hob to allow someone in a wheelchair to access them easily. Milner House is a warm and welcoming home situated on Vicarage Road, very near to Rugby town centre, and is close to a central routed bus stop. We also have short stay facilities in two of our residential homes, Gateway House and Elsee Road, but Milner House is the preferred short stay option as it is solely for short stay service users.
Our aim is to also utilise Milner House to enable individuals to come in during the day or during their short stay and work on daily living and independence skills. We will be drafting a programme to propose particular sessions for this within Milner House. New Directions’ staff team are a positive, enthusiastic, highly qualified and specialised team with the majority holding NVQs in Health and Social Care, in depth mandatory training and additional training such as Makaton, Autism, Human Rights and Dementia. We are committed to providing the best quality of support for the people we work with.
We have recently amended our Statement of Purpose to also include support for 16-18 year olds and will support young adults who are going through the transition stages whether this is through day services, independence training, short stay or supported living, and supporting them and their families plan for the future.
We are also supporting parents and carers who now wish for their children or the individuals they support to access permanent support such as supported living and home care. We are aware that this is a very difficult process not just for the service users but also for the families and carers. We engage in partnership work to provide a very thorough assessment to create a support package based on the individual needs of the service user. This is also an ideal opportunity for those choosing to live with their friends, or people they are compatible with, to do so.
We run a successful health and well being programme, looking at cooking, shopping and eating healthily; and New Directions’ allotment is thriving with service users spending regular time planting vegetables, getting exercise and fresh air, and also bringing home the produce they have grown for their meals.
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The Deputy Mayor of Rugby, Gwen Hotten, attended an awards ceremony at New Directions to highlight their various individual achievements and to present achievement certificates.
20 people received certificates, including 2 service users who have been successful in gaining employment. MP Mark Pawsey also visited the charity to find out more about the valuable support offered to people with learning disabilities, as well as being a local employer.