Mayor keen for people to support his charities through crisis and beyond - The Rugby Observer

Mayor keen for people to support his charities through crisis and beyond

Rugby Editorial 4th Jun, 2020   0

RUGBY mayor Bill Lewis is keen for people to support his chosen charities during the pandemic and beyond.

Coun Lewis selected New Directions Rugby, Rugby Autism Network and Rugby Dementia Support as his mayoral charities.

* New Directions Rugby exists to enable people with additional needs to take control of their lives and to have the best quality of life possible. The charity’s values underpin the services it provides, encouraging choice, independence and equality for everyone. Services include supported living and accommodation, short breaks, day activities, leisure groups, residential services and support with managing personal budgets, transport services, volunteering, finding work or a place to live.

New Directions supports Harry, who said: “I’m living the dream. I think I’m a lot more independent since I’ve lived here. It’s been a rollercoaster year, it’s been fantastic, my life has been more opened up. I’ve met a lot more friends. I like my freedom best.”

* Rugby Autism Network Charity (RAN) aims to raise funds for its three key areas – to support parents and carers of those on the Spectrum, to support children on the Spectrum and their siblings, and for equipment provision. Its resources are available for parents and carers of autistic children who become members of the charity. Support is available in various forms including family days out, autism friendly events, parent/carer support meetings and opportunities for learning. Autistic people often describe autism as being a part of who they are. With preparation, planning and the right levels of support, autistic people are able to live active and fulfilling lives.

* Rugby Dementia Support seeks to develop support for people living with dementia and those who care for them. The charity provides opportunities for mutual support and social contact. This includes lively music sessions, pub lunches and varied social gatherings, as well as a be-friending service for those find it hard to leave their homes. Rugby Dementia Support offers information to carers and the wider public not only about dementia but also about benefits and other administrative matters. It is run by volunteers who enjoy their involvement and value all members.

Anyone interested in holding an event in support of the mayor’s charities, or who wants to make a donation, can contact the mayor’s office by emailing [email protected] or calling 01788 533523.


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