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Local Hero – Rachel is an Ambassador for the Welsh Blood Service

Rachel Jones, Ambassador for the Welsh Blood Service

Many members of the New Directions family go above and beyond to give something back to their local community, which is why we feel the need to celebrate our Local Heroes. This month, we are shining the spotlight on our Receptionist, Rachel Jones, who first began working with New Directions in December 2015. Rachel took a brief career break to do charity work in Nepal before coming back to us in July 2019, and we…


Looking after your mental wellbeing – World Mental Health Day

10th October is World Mental Health Day – a global recognition day aimed at raising awareness of mental health issues, offering education and support, and encouraging us to talk more openly about our mental health. Although mental health issues can present themselves on any day of the year, this is a day when you can show your support to others and remind yourself to take care of your own mental wellbeing too. Mental health statistics…


Local Hero – Gareth Organises the Baker Cup

Baker Cup 2019

Last month, Gareth from the ND Social Care Cardiff branch played a starring role in organising a successful community fundraising event known as the Baker Cup, for the second time. We are extremely proud of Gareth for embodying the New Directions company value of ‘community’ both inside and outside the workplace. He strives to give something back to his local community and make a real difference to the lives of others, as demonstrated by his…


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.…


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…


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…