Celebration Day

19th October 2016 |

Last Thursday saw all of Future Directions get together for our Celebration Day. It was a great afternoon that included presentations, information stands, a tombola, a raffle, a Dragons' Den competition and lots of cakes! People we support and staff came from all over the North West to join in the celebration.



Each area shared with the audience the values driven work that they have completed in the last year, that they are proud of. Staff and the people we support all got involved in the presentations which made for a great mix of emotions in the audience, who at times were laughing and at others were wiping away a happy tear.


Dragons' Den

The Dragons' Den was a great success with all three finalists winning money to bring their ideas to life. The competition was 'Win £1000 to make a difference to the lives of the people you support' The only stipulation was that the contestant's pitches had to include how the idea will live out Future Directions CIC's values. The 'Dragons' aka, Paula Braynion, Sammy-Jo Scarbrough-Lang, Alan Jefferson and Ken Talbot, were all on hand to ask 'challenging' questions to the contestants, binging a comedic and fun element to the show.


1st Prize - £1000

Stanley Grange

Stanley Grange have a great idea to install an outdoor gym, exercise trail and sensory garden for all of the people we support to enjoy at Stanley Grange. They explained that they have already been successful in securing some of the funds via grants, but would need the £1000 to 'get the ball rolling' and make a start on the project. We are all looking forward to the opening event!


2nd Prize - £500

Lorraine Meakin and Jenny Dixon 

Lorraine and Jenny put forward a convincing pitch outlining what they would like to do with the money. They explained that they wanted to set up The Skill Development and Achievement Awards. This would recognise the achievements of the people we support, not only from Future Directions CIC, but from other providers in the area. They explained that they have a plan to enable the events to become self-funding so that they can continue to run into the future.


3rd Prize - £200

Lorraine Chapman Linnett

Lorraine was very passionate about her idea of setting up a series of speed dating sessions. Lorraine's main aim is to ensure the people we support have the opportunity to meet people and create natural relationships. Lorraine explained that bi-products of the speed dating sessions could be to organise clubs, such as walking clubs, bowling clubs etc and to organise 'Come Dine With Me' evenings. 



There were stands around the room showcasing each of Future Directions CIC's Specialist areas. These included: PBS (Positive Behavioural Support), Personalisation, SPICE, Getting It Right, Volunteering, Awards, I Care Ambassadors, The Future Directions Way, Staff Benefits, Autism and Business Developments - including stands on two of our latest projects, Oakview and Grange Avenue. (You can click on the stands mentioned above for more information)



Fundraising and Cakes!

The cakes, tombola, guess the weight of the cake and raffle raised a grand total of £325 for the People We Support's Christmas Party Fund.

Thank you everyone!



Tickets are still available for our Christmas Raffle.

You can purchase these from Marle House for £1 each,


Prizes include:

A drinks hamper, a Bodyshop hamper, a chocolate hamper, a small Christmas hamper and 2 glitter glasses with wine.



Here are some photos of the day, see if you can spot yourself!




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