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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 […]


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-combinedThe results show some startling statistics into the nation’s health.Nearly two-thirds of adults (63%) in England were classed as being […]


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 […]


International Happiness Day – a blog by Kirsty Knowles

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Happiness is unique to every person, your values, your hobbies, your family and your interests. There so many different definitions. I decided that I would focus on what makes me happy at work. It was and wasn’t easy to come up with things, I obviously love my job, team and company however some days it can be very tough, spending your day with the phone glued to your ear and problem solving. I work in social care which is a tough sector, there is always a combination of not enough staff available and too many clients or vice versa, you are constantly juggling with a tough budget to hit.Despite […]


Share your top tips for social care staff to unwind… …and grab the chance to win a £10 Marks and Spencer voucher

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Resilience and selflessness are just two words that a recent article from the Guardian used to describe just some of the key attributes of those who work within the social care sector.Gareth Pughe, branch lead for New Directions Social Care Cardiff expands on this assertion a little further ‘our staff are often exposed to situations that require a very calculated, considered approach to delivery of service. From unsocial shift patterns to assignments which have a real sensitivity to them – our candidates work in what we consider, one of the hardest sectors in the UK’.Pughe continues […]


#PressforProgress – A blog by Kirsty Knowles on International Women’s Day

Strong women, I’m absolutely surrounded by them, in work and in my personal life!Women who have been through terrible tragedies, domestic abuse, lost loved ones and still pull themselves up and live their lives even though their heart has been broken!They raise their children with love and teach them the ways of the world!Today is the day we celebrate them. Build each other up. Tell someone they are doing amazing, whether it’s a stay at home mum, a career woman, or a single lady, you are simply a woman holding the reins and pulling and pushing to get to where you need to be, keep […]


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 […]


Social Care in Bristol

Working in care can be a monumental undertaking. It can be hard work both mentally and physically. Many carers can be stretched to their limits without the proper support and training.There are many types of carers with a wide range of responsibilities; from young carers looking after a loved one to adult carers visiting homes and looking after people with severe disabilities all of these roles are important and all need support.Many of these carers are not receiving the correct training. There are regularly stories in the news regarding the lack of training given to carers, this in-turn […]