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The EU Settlement Scheme

The EU Settlement Scheme early access pilot for all EU citizen health and social care staff currently working in the UK is closing soon on Friday 21st December 2018.In advance of the UK’s exit from the EU on 29 March 2019, the UK government has committed to protecting the rights of EU citizens and their family members currently living in the UK. This includes the right to live here, work here and access public services such as healthcare and benefits.In order to apply for the early access pilot you will need to be working in the health and social care sector, and you are:an EU […]


Learn to love yourself!

Gloved hands in a heart shape against a backdrop of a sunrise

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 […]


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 […]


World Cancer Day

Most of us at one time or other has been deeply affected by cancer. It is an aggressive disease that tears families and loved ones apart. Here at New Directions Care & Support we are raising awareness of World Cancer Day in the hope that we can combat this disease.What is World Cancer Day? On 4 February, World Cancer Day is a day to unite in the fight against cancer. Every Unity Band worn, every pound donated and every gesture of support will play an important part of beating cancer sooner.The funds raised from incredible people like you will support thousands of scientists, doctors […]


Care and Support for West Wales

A leading care provider has opened its doors in West Wales as a direct response for demand from the community in the region.ND Care and Support – an organisation which offers a comprehensive range of care services to individuals within their homes and their local communities has set up home in Cross Hands. The business already has two thriving hubs in Cardiff and Brynmawr and now the additional branch in Carmarthenshire will add to the growing care provision by the team across South Wales.At an official opening event held on Thursday 17th November 2016 at the Cross Hands Business Park […]