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New Directions charity newsletter with latest events, stories of achievements and days to remember. Includes new CEO, cancer support fundraiser, customer health check, therapy pony, NCS The Challenge, community living and fond farewells.
Our New Chief Executive Paul Tolley
• Paul Tolley will be joining New Directions
as our new Chief Executive Officer.
• He has been Chief Executive of
Warwickshire Community and Voluntary
Action since 2008.
• Paul’s career in the voluntary sector
began as a live-in personal assistant .
• He worked for seven years in a user-
led disability rights organisation assisting
disabled people to live independent lives.
• We are very much looking forward to
welcoming Paul to New Directions.
Paul said, “I am under no illusion that all
of the wonderful work that New Directions
carries out on a daily basis is only achieved
because of the dedicated work of the 150
or so staff and that the success of the
team which Doreen has led has set a bar
of expectation that I will work hard to
sustain and carry forward.”
• Rugby Library has set up a book group with
the people we support.
• The Books Beyond Words series tells stories
in pictures and helps people with learning
and communication difficulties explore and
understand their own experiences and the
world around them.
• Themes range from love and relationships
to health, crime and death.
Books Beyond Words
with library staff
Farewell CEO Doreen Woodward
• After nine wonderful and successful years,
our CEO Doreen has left New Directions
• Due to her passion and commitment to
the people we support, we have grown
and diversified our services.
• We will very much miss Doreen and wish
her all the best for the future.
with Chair Of
The Board Wendy
• Tina has raised £200 for Macmillan Cancer
Support by opting to go for an extreme buzz
cut at a local hairdresser.
Tina said, “I have never done anything like
this before and I wanted to do something for
a good cause.
I chose Macmillan because it is a cancer
charity and I thought it would be nice. I had
my hair cut with clippers and shaver and
told everyone at the hairdresser why I was
having it done. The other customers watched
and said, “Good on you.”
It feels different with my hair now, very
cold and I can feel the wind more, but I have
a hat and I’m glad I did it.”
A Headshave Fundraiser For Macmillan
raising funds for
a good cause
Office Manager Jill,
Volunteer Paul with Bart
Good Luck Bart
• Bart, who has been
volunteering for us is
relocating to Scotland.
• Bart has supported Kenton
and Trevor every Sunday and
Paul in his role at Head Office.
• Paul has been volunteering
for three years.
Customer Health Put
To The Test At CCN
• A team of nurses and a phlebotomist from the Healthy Living
Team completed health checks on consenting attendees at our
Community Choices Network (CCN).
• The team checked their blood pressure, height, weight and gave
blood sugar tests. Those who took part were given their results to
take home so that any concerns could be picked up.
• Lisa is a Support and Activity
Worker at CCN and successfully
applied for a grant from the
Heart of England Co-operative
Society for £200 towards our
• The sessions at CCN promote
patience and organisational
skills with constructive problem
solving and lateral thinking.
Create It And Build It Sessions
Allotment Project Is A Challenge
• CCN welcomed a group of students taking
part in the Challenge with the National Citizen
• After learning more about what we do and
discussing how they could help us, the students
created a Fairy Glen with sensory items.
Therapy Pony Brings Big Smiles
• Pinocchio the miniature therapy pony visited Community Choices
• Everyone enjoyed petting him; some took his reins and walked him
around the building.
King’s Court is our new development
of 13 one-bedroom apartments and
Queen’s Court is coming soon with a
further 15 apartments
Sophie making her
• Modern self-contained one bedroomed
• Lift to all floors
• Kitchen/ lounge with integrated
• Support tailored to the individuals
• Support to run their own home
• A prime location, near the town centre
and local amenities with bus routes and
train station close by
• A friendly and safe place to learn new
• Privacy in a safe and supportive
• Support to find work or volunteering
• Janine volunteers at The Hub
cafe at the local Methodist
• She works on Tuesdays,
Thursdays and Fridays serving
refreshments, jacket potatoes
and toasted sandwiches.
Janine said, “I love meeting all the
different people who come in to
The Hub and talking to customers.
Some people pop in after their
activities have finished. I feel a
real part of the community.”
Janine at The Hub
Pupils Make Baking Day
A Piece Of Cake
The group of pupils who
helped with baking,
Michelle, Tracey and Rose
• We worked in partnership with
Rokeby Primary School to build local
connections and community spirit.
Children visited Milner House and
baked cakes with the cooking group
• People from CCN also visited the
school to participate in an afternoon
of creative arts.
Pupils said, “Thank you New
Directions, you are making a change
in our community” and “People like
you bring a little hope and leave a
little sunshine everywhere you go.”
Serving With A Smile
At The Hub
Sometimes You Just
Need A Seaside Day
• Based on the huge success of last
year’s day out to Skegness, we went
on another day trip to Weston-Super-
• Fun was had by all.
The ISO:9001 auditor said, “Everyone I saw appeared happy and
fulfilled. I have no hesitation in recommending this company for
recertification and would like to thank staff for their co-operation
and openness and residents for their enthusiasm.”
New Directions are proud to have recently
maintained our certification under the
A Year On And Another ISO:9001
Horsing around for
Ian, Kenton and Ellen
A visit to the pudding
parlour for Linda
In The Community
• Ernie loved to socialise and
thoroughly enjoyed parties and music.
• He loved to play the ‘bones’
at any occasion and didn’t
mind if he was in tune or not.
• John was well known in Rugby for many
• He would stand at the top of Bilton Road
watching the traffic and telling anyone
off who went through an amber light.
• Tony loved animals and enjoyed it when
people brought their pets in to see him.
• He was a quiet, gentle man who had a
love of all things Disney.
We are very sad that we had to say farewell to three of our longest
standing residents over the last year. Ernie, John and Tony hold a
special place in all our hearts especially the people they lived with
at Poppy Place.
A Fond Farewell
New Directions (Rugby) Ltd
27 Bilton Road
Tel: 01788 573318
Registered No: 2647131
Registered Charity No: 1005302
New Directions Rugby Ltd
New Directions Rugby Ltd
Many Thanks To Our Donors
Rugby iForce Fundraiser Recycling gadgets for cash
Food parcels for CCN
• Rugby iForce part of Eddie
Stobart Logistics held a family
funday raising £609.50.
• Asda supermarket generously
offer CCN food donations in
their Fareshare scheme.
• Inspire Technology raised £100
from donated gadgets which
they recycled and sold.