New Directions stages Christmas Market with a difference

Sefton residents are being invited to a Christmas market with a difference in Southport.

The event at the Rotten Row garden centre – run by leading borough adult social care provider New Directions – will feature a selection of festive goods handcrafted and finished by people with disabilities and the organisation’s other service users

The Christmas craft fayre will take place at the centre’s Park Lodge greenhouses site from 11am to 3pm on Saturday 10th December.

Organisers say there will be a wide range of seasonal items on offer, all produced by clients at New Directions creative skills projects.

Gift ideas from the sewing and soft furnishings team include table runners and cushions, while the woodwork section has chipped in with bird boxes, bug hotels and eye-catching wooden Christmas trees and decorations.

Meanwhile, green-fingered service users at the garden centre have been working on yuletide plants, flowers, wreaths and grave pots.

Also on offer will be chutneys, jams and home-baked goods produced at other New Directions services, refreshments and an appearance by Father Christmas.

New Directions Business Development Manager, Dave Hughes, commented: “Service users at our sites across the borough have been working hard to prepare for the Christmas fayre, so we’re hoping for a very good turnout on the day.

“Clients really appreciate seeing items they have produced attracting the interest of so many customers, as they did at Southport Flower Show earlier this year.

“And as well as having the chance to buy a range of unique handfinished items, our customers have the satisfaction of knowing that any money they spend will be ploughed back into providing more resources and opportunities for service users,” added Dave.

New Directions was established in Sefton in 2007 as the first local authority social care trading company in the country.

Nine years on, the organisation remains at the forefront of the local care sector, providing a wide range of services for older Sefton residents and other adults with  disabilities.

* For more information about the services offered by New Directions, or to find out about joining the team, ring 0151 934 3726 or visit


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