Bob (Volunteer)

Bob says, “I like helping at New Directions. I keep going at the allotment. I enjoy it and I see the plants grow. I like Poppy Place helping. I have learned about the charity and see everything on the Facebook page too. It makes me happy. I enjoy it. There is a lot to do. I can help”

Saturday 21st March is World Down Syndrome Day. The event actively encourages everyone to help raise awareness of what Down Syndrome is, what it means for the individuals who have Down Syndrome, and the important roles people with Down’s Syndrome play in our lives and communities. The theme this year is “We Decide” Inspired by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). The theme supports the meaningful involvement of people with Down Syndrome as an effective and essential human right. We invite you to join us in celebrating the people we support who are developing their independence, making their own decisions and taking part in their community. 


Rose took a day trip to London and enjoyed herself so much she decided to stay for five days! Rose had a fabulous time. She went shopping, sightseeing and went to a show. Rose is looking forward to more trips away in the future.

Down Syndrome has always been a part of the human condition. It happens when a person has a partial or a complete extra copy of chromosome 21. Down Syndrome exists across the globe in every region and has a varied effect on learning styles, physical characteristics and health of the people who have Down Syndrome.


Ben moved in to his supported living home this year. He set up his own delivery service where he would come to Head Office, collect the post and deliver it to all our services. This had been his goal since transitioning to Supported Living. He even had his own uniform for his Delivery Service. Ben is happier in his own environment and has styled his own flat with everything that defines his personality. Whilst his independence skills are expanding alongside the support he wants, he is developing his confidence and enjoying his own company.