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Our Beloved Bristol is named Number One in the Technology Stakes – a Blog by Kirsty Knowles

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Our team set up in Bristol just over three years ago. We took the decision to build bridges…well, just over the bridge because of increasing links with the social care community in the region and reports of a city set to take over technologically, socially and culturally. We made the right decision. This week we were delighted to read a report* detailing how Bristol had overtaken London to be named the ‘UK’s Smartest City’. What does that actually mean? Well, in short it’s all about innovation and digital technology. The city has become a thought leader in helping its communities […]

An award winning recruiter – Bristol we need YOU! – A blog by Sarah Blackmore

We are an award winning successful company... ...why can’t we recruit in Bristol? Our team are on the hunt for a Recruitment Consultant. We are looking for someone to join our Bristol operation to add even more success to our very brilliant team…but we are struggling to find the right person. With a population of 449,300 (yes I have been on the government statistics website) – of which 306,300 are of a working age, I have to ask the question, WHY can’t we find someone? We chose Bristol as a home for our team a few years ago; we love the city – the culture, the food, the music...the […]

Fabulous February…here so soon – a Blog by Sarah Blackmore

How did we get to February so quickly? I feel like I have been in a whirlwind of festivities, new business, planning, planning and more planning as well as keeping my brilliant tweenager in check with all things school and dancing. I took some time out this weekend and headed to the coast with friends. When I say ‘time out’ we actually dashed over to the ever changing (but not quite changing) Barry Island to take in some arcades and ice cream. Though the weather was quite…bracing, it was lovely to let off some steam and enjoy seeing my own daughter enjoying all the carefree brilliance […]

New Directions Social Care Support Christmas Charity Drive for Children

Presents donated by New Directions for Mr X Appeal

New Directions Social Care have once more rallied to help provide over 250 gifts for children in South Wales this coming Christmas. The business has worked with the Mr X Appeal Swansea charity initiative since 2013. The festive drive encourages individuals to donate a gift for a child who may be in difficult circumstances this yuletide. The team did not disappoint. Leah Seltzer, Head of Compliance and Quality Assurance for New Directions spearheads the challenge annually. She said 'firstly I can't believe we are here again one year on with so many gifts to donate. Sadly in the last 12 months […]

Bristol Recruiter Supports Homeless Plight at Christmas

New Directions Social Care team decorate homeless shelter

A Bristol-based recruitment firm has come to the call of a homeless shelter for a second successive year. New Directions Social Care have once more worked in partnership with St Mungo's - a charity aimed at ending homelessness and rebuilding lives to make one of their south west based hostels a little more cheery this festive season. Speaking about their contribution, Kirsty Knowles, branch lead for the Temple Meads based social care recruiter said 'last year we worked with St Mungo's when they wanted to decorate a hostel in the city. Our teams across the South West and South Wales combined […]

Making Mental Health a Topical Topic…

Today is World Mental Health Day. The hashtags and related postings are flooding social media with messages of recognition, advances in support and an ever-campaigning change for attitudes towards those who may suffer with mental ill health. I wonder in my lifetime will we ever make sufficient advances to support everyone…including those suffering the most, those suffering in silence. One of my aims for World Mental Health Day as Director to my team is to encourage discussion, dialogue and complete honesty. Our organisation has a fresh approach to dealing with mental health. In fact, this […]

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 […]

#Lookforthehelpers – a blog by Sarah Blackmore, Director of New Directions Social Care

So here we are racing towards the end of May, almost reaching the mid-point of the year and so much has happened already. Our media is consumed by all things general election, and we are only too aware of the spotlight on the social care manifestos from the main parties. Then of course everything stopped for a week when we were faced with the devastating news from Manchester. As a parent, a daughter and sister I felt immediately a devastating grief for everyone involved. Wonderful, vibrant Manchester blighted once more by the horror of a terrorist attack. Of course as a nation we will […]

Setting Sail in #Swansea…a blog by Omar Salmman

Faced with the prospect of writing a ‘blog’ post for our social media accounts, I thought yes…I can do this. I am full of commentary about life, football and all things Swansea (my new work place home). I love my job (most of the time), I am passionate about the things that matter - Cardiff City FC, West Wales and of course, I love a challenge. Last year I travelled across Europe (dipping in and out when work permitted) following the quite frankly marvellous rise and rise of the Welsh Football Team. From the night we ‘Stunned the World in Lille’ (Telegraph) to our gracious exit […]

Meet Matthew…our latest recruit

In February 2017 New Directions Social Care welcomed a new member to their team. We met with him recently to find out more about how he will add to the team and what his favourite pizza topping was…all very important matters in our community. Tell us about your background prior to join our team… I previously worked as a Team Leader for Gwalia in supported accommodation for people who have suffered with substance abuse. What made you change your focus from within the sector delivering such a vital service to supporting recruiting the best people for the social care environment? I […]

Competition Time – Visit New Directions Social Care, Win a £25 Voucher

If you visit any of the Social Care branches over the next month, you could be in with a chance of winning a £25 high street voucher. Check in to our page 'New Directions Social Care' and be automatically entered into our draw. Share our Page. Tag your friends. #Swansea #Bristol #Cardiff #Facebook #CheckIn #Competition