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Caring for someone with dementia

Many of us know of someone who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or dementia, whether that’s a friend, neighbour, family member, or through our field of work. Globally, the number of people living with Alzheimer’s and dementia is on the rise, which means more of us are caring for someone with dementia. It’s estimated that figures will rise from 50 million cases around the world in 2018 to a staggering 152 million in 2050 putting…


Local Hero – Omar Volunteers for Matt’s Cafe

Omar - our local hero

As you already know, the ND Social Care team are hugely passionate about giving something back to the local community, not just through their everyday work, but by giving up their own time outside of work too. It’s no wonder they won the New Directions ‘Community Value’ award earlier this year! This month, we want to shine the spotlight on our Local Hero, Omar, from the ND Social Care Swansea branch, who has recently taken…


ND Social Care win ‘Community Award’ at company conference

Social Care Community Award

We are proud to announce that the ND Social Care team have recently been presented with an exciting ‘Community Award’ at the annual New Directions Celebrating Success Conference. The award recognises individuals or teams who have demonstrated significant work, support, engagement, activity and contributions within their local community. The awards ceremony took place on 12th July, with ND Social Care going up against several other strong nominations in competition for the highly coveted ‘Community Award’.…


Cardiff Hosts Homeless World Cup Tournament 2019

Homeless World Cup team selfie

Don’t miss the Homeless World Cup in Cardiff from July 27 – August 3 Have you heard about the Homeless World Cup taking place in Cardiff next week? Homelessness has become a more pressing concern than ever before, with an estimated 100 million homeless people around the world. The issue is now in the media spotlight and the forefront of our minds as a global concern. The rising problem of homelessness certainly hasn’t gone unnoticed…


Our Swansea team helping the homeless this Christmas

This week, Omar and Samantha from our Swansea branch have been helping out at The Swansea Homeless Sanctuary, a homeless drop in centre, hosting their Christmas lunch which provides over 60 homeless people with a warm cooked meal. There were many great organisations and charities pitching in to pull off this day for the homeless. Omar and Sam delivered warm clothes donated by friends, family and work colleagues, which were gratefully received by the centre.…


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…


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…


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…


Healthy Living Thoughts – A Blog by Oliver Martin #teamBristol

All local and organically grown fruits & vegetables in wooden vegetable crate held by a woman. Shallow dof, crisp focus across all the vegetables. Crate contains: peaches, green apple, peppers, green beans, rondelle carrots, baby carrots, zucchini squash, tomatoes, basil, fennel, kale, lettuce, broccoli, potatoes and radishes.

The very topical issue of healthy eating was my first consideration when I was approached about writing a blog for our website. As a self-confessed (and proud) healthy living enthusiast I decided to investigate the bigger picture; and what I discovered shocked me to the core. Public Health England recently published new data detailing the state of the nation’s diet: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/ndns-results-from-years-7-and-8-combined The results show some startling statistics into the nation’s health. Nearly two-thirds of adults…


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 7 2  Which country spends less on health care as a percentage of GDP than the UK? Italy Slovenia Japan France 3  Over the past 26…