Photo taken before the Coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown includes: (Left to Right)
Fay McSorley, Chairperson, Rugby Autism Network, Paul Tolley, CEO, New Directions Rugby Ltd, Councillor Bill Lewis, Mayor of Rugby, Jane Muers, Chairperson, Rugby Dementia Support

This year the Mayor of Rugby, Cllr Bill Lewis chose New Directions Rugby Ltd, Rugby Autism Network and Rugby Dementia Support as his mayoral charities. The Mayor’s focus is for us all to treat each other and the environment we live in with ‘respect’ and consideration. This is particularly relevant during this time when we are facing the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic together. Respect is at the heart of all three charities he has chosen as they share common ground and experience. Despite plans for shared community events being postponed, our vital charities continue to offer support to the people who rely on them at a time when they need them most.

Photo taken before the Coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown of Tina presenting her gift of a dragon painting to the Mayor of Rugby

New Directions supports Harry, who says, “I’m living the dream. I think I’m a lot more independent since I’ve lived here! It’s been a rollercoaster year, it’s been fantastic, my life has been more opened up. I’ve met a lot more friends. I like my freedom best.”


Tenant at New Directions

Rugby Autism Network Charity (RAN) aims to raise funds for its three key areas; to support parents and carers of those on the Spectrum, to support children on the Spectrum and their siblings, and for equipment provision. Its resources are available for parents and carers of Autistic children who become members of the charity. Support is available in various forms including family days out, Autism friendly events, parent/carer support meetings and opportunities for learning. Autistic people often describe Autism as being a part of who they are. With preparation, planning and the right levels of support, Autistic people are able to live active and fulfilling lives.

Photo taken before the Coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown (Left to Right) Registered Manager For Milner House and Manager of CCN, Carol Payne, Cllr Bill Lewis, Mayor of Rugby and Team Leader at CCN Debi Bennett

Rugby Dementia Support seeks to develop support for people living with dementia and those who care for them. The charity provides opportunities for mutual support and social contact. This includes lively music sessions, pub lunches and varied social gatherings, as well as a be-friending service for those who find it hard to leave their homes. Rugby Dementia Support offers information to carers and the wider public not only about dementia but also about benefits and other administrative matters. It is run by volunteers who enjoy their involvement and value all members.

“My husband was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s almost 5 years ago. The events are very varied and through them we have shared fun, laughter and friendship. Without RDS our lives would be bleak.”

Supported Care Giver

Rugby Dementia Support

“Realising that other people were experiencing similar problems helped me to cope – I was not alone. I met other carers who have now become good friends.”

Supported Care Giver

Rugby Dementia Support

Donations to all three charities can be made directly by bank transfer to Rugby BC –

The Mayor’s Charity Account

Sort Code: 30-80-12

Account Number: 13662060

or by cheque to The Mayor’s Office, Rugby Borough Council, Town Hall, Evreux Way, Rugby, CV21 2RR. For anyone needing help to make a donation contact the Mayor’s Office or telephone (01788) 533523.

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