Our History BANNER

  • In the 1950s a respite service was created by parents of children with a learning disability and in 1963 Rugby Mencap was founded
  • By 1991 we had grown to the point where we became a charitable limited company
  • By 1997 the company owned four homes providing care for 42 residents
  • 2005 saw us diversifying into Home Care to support individuals’ changing needs
  • In 2006 the company changed its name to New Directions
  • In 2007 our Day Activities Centre opened at our Richmond Lodge site
  • In 2008 our Sensory Room opened offering a multi-sensory experience to local people with a learning disability of all ages
  • In 2010 we began our new building development, Milner House, which opened in June 2011 to provide modern ground floor short stay and respite accommodation for people with learning disabilities
  • In 2012 we opened Community Choices Network in Tom Brown Street, Rugby, providing flexible support and activities for people with learning disabilities
  • In 2015 our day activities service, Community Choices Network (CCN) moved to newly refurbished premises at The Exchange, Albert Street, Rugby where we also opened a new community space offering rooms suitable for a variety of uses for hire to the local community.
  • In January 2016 we opened Poppy Place, our new purpose built residential home for people with learning and physical disabilities.
  • Our new development Richmond Court opened in May 2017 to provide 11 x 1 bedroom flats.
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