Future Directions CIC is an award-winning social care provider, rated Outstanding by CQC, that supports vulnerable adults with a range of complex support needs.  The Community Interest Company and its care workers are led by their values which come to the fore in these uncertain times.  Its care workers have gone the extra mile in keeping people safe, whilst finding creative ways of supporting people.  They support people who may not understand the restrictions put in place to take part in activities from their own home.

In the last two months, Future Directions CIC and its care workers – with a little help from 21st century technology – have proved that the pandemic is no barrier to putting people first.  They have been coming up with ways to support people to do activities they couldn’t otherwise do due to the current pandemic crisis.

Future Directions has held many at-home activities, all of which are based around the interests of the people they support.  Creative activities, particularly arts, handicrafts and cookery have been popular.  One of the care workers has created an obstacle course for two people they support. 

Balloon Crafts: a picture of one of the people we support in Trafford doing balloon related artwork

They have also put people first by respecting the religious beliefs of two people they support.  For one person this extended to bringing the church to their home – by creating an Easter altar along a fireplace and conducting a short service.

Easter Sunday Service: a picture of an Easter altar for one of the people we support in East Lancashire.

Another person, whose church offers live streaming, had a videoconferencing app installed. Future Directions held an Easter Egg Competition across the organisation. Check out one of the most creative entries- a Boris Johnson egg!

Boris Egg: an entry from this year’s Easter Egg Competition inspired by the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson.  This picture shows one of the people we support holding on to his creation.

To quell self-isolation boredom is Future Directions’ latest creative activity, known as Fun Time Friday.  Each Friday at 1:30pm, Kevin and Bruce go live on Facebook, playing song requests and engaging people across the internet.  Kevin also visits people supported by Future Directions by coming to their homes to play music for them.

Being creative and adaptable to put people first is more important than ever.  Future Directions’ team of care workers are doing just that to make sure the people they support live a fulfilling life, even in isolation.

About Future Directions CIC

Future Directions CIC is a not for profit social enterprise established as a wholly owned subsidiary in 2012 and then stand alone in 2015.  We are a values driven organisation with the intention to provide individual bespoke services to the people we support.  Our values are:-

  1. To put people first
  2. To be transparent
  3. To go the extra mile
  4. To be creative
  5. To be adaptable

We are registered with the Care Quality Commission to provide personal care, supported living, domiciliary care and care homes with nursing.

We provide services across the North of England.