New Directions has been caring for adults with learning difficulties in the Rugby Community for over 65 years.

During the 1950’s it was created as a respite service by the parents of children with a learning disability.

With hard work, incredible dedication and belief in making a difference, our team at New Directions are proud of what they have achieved.

  • In the 1950’s 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 to benefit a wide range of people
  • In 2012 we opened Community Choices Network in Tom Brown Street, Rugby, providing flexible support and activities for people with learning disabilities
  • In 2013 Gateway Court & Park Lane supported living accommodation for 20 tenants was officially opened by HRH Earl of Wessex
  • 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.
  • In 2016 we took over the management of Lennon Court in Rugby, providing support to 11 more people
  • In 2017 our new development, Richmond Court opened providing 11 x 1 bedroom flats with a communal lounge and garden.