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The Social Care Team join ‘Sleep Out 2018’

Last week a group of us from the Social Care and Marketing teams joined around fifty other people to take part in the ‘Sleep Out 2018’ organised by 1625 Independent People.The charity supports young people aged between 16 – 25 who are either at risk of becoming homeless or are homeless already.The aim of ‘Sleep Out 2018’ was to provide us with a small introduction into what it would be like to be homeless. For one night, we left behind our creature comforts to trade in our soft, comfortable beds with big fluffy pillows and warm duvets for a hard-concrete floor, yoga mats and sleeping […]

TODAY – 10th October 2018, is officially World Mental Health Day.

“World Mental Health Day is a day for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy against social stigma. It was first celebrated in 1992 at the initiative of the World Federation for Mental Health, a global mental health organisation with members and contacts in more than 150 countries.”People often get confused between Mental Health and Mental Illness.“Mental Illness, also called a mental or psychiatric disorder, is a behavioural or mental pattern that causes significant distress or impairment of personal functioning. Such features may be persistent, relapsing and remitting, […]

Learn to love yourself!

I wanted to write this blog about Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) as it strikes a personal chord with me. As I get older I seem to be more self-conscious and less happy with the way I look; this may have something to do with the fact that my once slender size 8 figure has turned somewhat curvier over the years to a full size 12 and as much as I try to blame the clothes stores that they are shrinking the sizes I know I just need to get myself into the gym and keep at it. Now, whilst I probably have only a mild case of BDD and cannot begin to understand how someone copes with a mental illness. I am […]

How’s your sign language?

There are an estimated 11 million people in the UK who are Deaf or hard of hearing.Every country has its own sign language. Here in the UK most people use British Sign Language (BSL) which is not simply the English language with hand signs, it has its own grammar and sentence construction. So, whist we would say “what is your name?” in BSL it would be signed “Your name, what?”Deafness is the third most common disability in the world. Most deaf people don’t view their deafness as a disability or as a problem that should be fixed. For many of them, it’s a natural part of their […]

Health & Social Care Quiz

How is your Health & Social Care knowledge? Do you know how many young carers there are in the UK? or  what the early symptoms of dementia are? Take our fun and informative quiz below to test your know-how:1  How many life stages are there?4 5 6 72  Which country spends less on health care as a percentage of GDP than the UK?Italy Slovenia Japan France3  Over the past 26 years the number of available hospital beds in England hasIncreased by 67% Increased by 35% Decreased by 23% Decreased by 51%4  How many young carers are […]

Social Care to Stop – Snow Way!

Image of New Directions Social Care Team on Snow Day 2018

Last week our social care teams across Cardiff, Bristol and Swansea were hit with what some would consider to be a major problem – snow, and lots of it. #StormEmma hit our regions with gusto, but there was snow way we were going to be beaten in providing a social care service to our community.At midday on Thursday 2nd March 2018 our management team made the decision to close our office spaces to ensure the safety of everyone within our business. Many of us with young families and other relatives to care for plodded home…armed with laptops, mobile phones and lots more wonderful gadgets our […]

Children’s Mental Health Week 2018

Children’s Mental Health week ran from 5 – 11th February this year, with the theme “Being Ourselves” which is championed by children’s charity, Place2be.Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, who has been the Royal Patron of Place2be since 2013, launched children’s mental health week with a thought provoking video message."Our experience of the world at this early stage helps to shape who we become as adults, how we begin to feel comfortable in our own skin."Place2be encouraged children, young people and adults to celebrate their uniqueness. It was all about #BeingOurselves!When […]

New Directions Chairman Highly Commended at Cardiff Business Awards

On Friday 23rd June 2017, New Directions Chairman Jeff Tune was highly commended at an awards ceremony held in Cardiff.The Cardiff Business Awards recognise outstanding achievement in business and celebrate talent, ambition and innovation from across Wales' capital city. This is the third year the awards have celebrated the best of Cardiff business.The event held at City Hall in the capital celebrated 19 awards in total and was attended by over 400 guests who enjoyed a three course meal and entertainment from former X Factor contestant Lucie Jones. The evening was hosted by television personality […]