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.
New Directions is very proud to have now opened the new sensory garden which was funded through a National Lottery Grant which includes scented plants and herbs, lights, a water feature and a relaxing place to spend some time. The service users are encouraged to help maintain this garden and had a lot of input on the design and what they wanted to be included.
We have regular garden workshops as part of our health and well-being program which is also linked to the new community allotment which we now have.
This year New Directions will lead a working party from New Directions, Stratford Mencap and Way Ahead as they visit Diakonie Stetten, a learning disability service provider in Germany to learn from their expertise in person centred care, direct funding and individualised budgets, maintaining quality, staff recruitment, training, rotas and management, systems of communication and support technology, and looking at housing models and funding strategies that encourage independence, choice and community integration.