Here at New Directions, just like every other Health and Social Care provider in the UK, we have been putting measures in place to protect the health and wellbeing of those we support and our staff in light of the Coronavirus pandemic. As the pandemic progresses we will implement each section of our response plan as appropriate – keeping life as normal as possible for the people we support.

  • Due to our dedicated staff and their infection control training and procedures, our services are better prepared for this crisis than most of the country.
  • Resources to help frontline health and social care professionals to manage anxiety levels have been shared and are available here

STAY ALERT

Tuesday 26th May

All garden centres are now able to open to the public with social distancing measures in place. This will have great benefits to people like Susie, especially for the physical and mental wellbeing, which gardening can bring. Susie is planning more visits to Dobbies in the future too.

Wednesday 6th May 2020

Every day is an opportunity for Harry to make a meal for himself in the evening. Harry measures out the correct amounts of each ingredient so he is able to control his portion size. Harry enjoys cooking and is getting ready for his Level 1 Diploma in Professional Cookery Catering and Hospitality at Rugby College. Sometimes he likes to add a little bit of extra creativity to his day with somehting like a millionaires shortbread too.

STAY HOME

Wednesday 22nd April 2020

Susie knows that her Dad is only a phone call away! It is important at this time when we cannot visit each other to keep connecting with our families and friends by any means available. You’ll never know how much that phone or video call, text or social media message will mean to both you and the people you care about. It might be just what they need. So take some time out of your day and get in touch.

Thursday 16th April 2020

The people we support are certainly keeping busy during this UK lockdown. They have some great new daily routines, are keeping active, finding new ways to spend their time and keep their minds occupied, as well as getting creative, making video calls, getting as much fresh air as possible and connecting with others who they are in lockdown with. Everyone has adapted really well and staff are there to support people who are feeling anxious.

 

SOCIAL DISTANCING

Thursday 2nd April 2020

More from some of our New Directions kitchens! Homecooking helps the people we support to control portion sizes, get value for money and save costs. Many of our tenants are also batch cooking now as they live independently which is a tasty timesaver.

IN THIS TOGETHER

Monday 25th May

This is what Bank Holiday Monday looked like at one of our supported living accommodations celebrating African Culture day. There was plenty of food, drink and music with an African twist and the people we support and staff enjoyed taking part. There will be another opportunity to get involved next time for those who were unable to attend.

Monday 11th May 2020

The VE Day bank holiday weekend was a great opportunity to have a get together and celebrate for everyone at New Directions. There was a party spirit at all our services and a lot of laughs. Our stay home celebrations were a chance to spend time quality together, have fun and for some to enjoy the sunny weather in their communal outdoor spaces.

STAY SAFE

Tuesday 28th April 2020

Spending time with friends and family on her birthday is important to Leanne. She is sharing her lockdown experience with several of her close friends who live in her shared supported living accommodations. She has been singing and dancing a lot lately, enjoying the Friday Breakfast Club and Sunday roasts, creating face masks over the last few days and has now got together with friends for a low-key party which has certainly continued to lift her spirits on he special day.

Thursday 16th April 2020

The people we support are very enthusiastic about taking part in the Thursday 8 pm clapping for all the NHS staff and key workers in the UK. It has become quite a regular event for them!

SELF ISOLATING

Wednesday 8th April 2020

Vital support provided by charities across the country during this Coronavirus pandemic has been recognised both practically and financially by the Government. Local charities like ours providing compassion, care and community to the most vulnerable in our country have not been forgotten says the Chancellor of The Exchequer’s in his address to the nation.

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You can take great reassurance, from the professionalism and dedication of our staff team that no matter what, the highest standards of care will always be provided. If you have any concerns at all about Coronavirus and our services, please contact us on: 01788 573318 or email admin@newdirectionsrugby.org.uk

Working Together With Community Spirit

Wednesday 25th March 2020

At New Directions we live our lives alongside those we support and are treating their immunity and ours as one. We keep each other safe by restricting our movements to our own homes and the homes of those we support. Brian is doing his part by continuing to tackle the cleaning tasks around his home and carrying on with his every day routines.

 

 

Sunday 22nd March 2020

At this time the people we support are taking every day as it comes and keeping their spirits up together. We have numerous ways which people can safely spend their time such as opening our RemPod bar to bring together tenants at one of our Supported Living homes at 4pm every day. They are using the Government social distancing recommendations to have a drink and enjoy each others’ company inside and outdoors. Our dedicated staff are thinking creatively about how to support people, keep them active, motivated and positive.

Sunday 22nd March 2020

We are keeping the people we support aware of Government updates relevant to how we all socialise with our elderly relatives in this situation due to Covid-19. Susie demonstrated how she is keeping her Dad safe when she visited him. This video is a testament to how New Directions is addressing this current situation and showing the people we support how to carry on with their lives with a few adaptions. We will of course facilitate contact between the people we support and their families and friends as much and as creatively as we can, whether by telephone, Skype, Facetime etc.

 

 

Wednesday 19th March 2020

Linda enjoys her time at home and we will ensure that she has a continued connection to her family and friends.

28th March 2020

Spending quality time with friends who are sharing this lockdown experience; cooking for each other, exercising, making less plans, watching DVDs, saving money and rewarding themselves with time to relax. Staying in really has become the new going out for the people we support.

25th March 2020

At this time it is so important to keep our spirits up during the Coronavirus UK lockdown. The latest measures have drastically changed all our lives, however getting outdoors to keep active is something that government is still prioritising. There are many of us walking, cycling, running daily at a safe distance on the streets. Many of the people we support also have access to communal green spaces where they can take a break, enjoy keeping fit and continue to stay at home.

Wednesday 25th March 2020

Communal areas in all our accommodation services are extremely important to the mental wellbeing of staff and those we support alike, and continue to be used by everyone who is symptom free. This community rainbow project is a perfect example of how people can join in with creative projects which build their sense of community.

 

 

Wednesday 19th March 2020

Many thanks to our local ASDA supermarket for their donations which will be much appreciated by the people who we support.