Since 1885, New Directions has been evolving to meet the ever-changing needs of the Winnipeg community. We have redefined ourselves and our services to work better with children, youth, adults and families as they chart their own course within the community. We strive to offer everyone the same opportunities to achieve the life they’ve dreamed of – a life full of promise, potential, respect and self-worth. Our actions and services are all defined according to our operating principles – principles based on the values of integrity, honour, holism and respect


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BEYOND NIMBY – Toolkit Available for download – Click here Nimby Toolkit (web)

A Toolkit for Opening Staffed Community Homes in Manitoba

In 2012 in response to a number of occasions of vigorous community opposition to the establishment of community homes for adults eligible for residential care funding or children in the care of Child and Family Services the Community Inclusion Awareness Committee was created. This committee, Chaired by Dr. Jennifer Frain, CEO of New Directions included other service provider representatives, representatives from various provincial government departments, and other community stakeholders.  The product of this committee’s work is Beyond NIMBY: A toolkit for opening staffed community homes in Manitoba. This toolkit addresses common misconceptions about these homes, outlines the steps required for licensing, and provides communication tips and strategies.

Early feedback from the Executive Director of Abilities Manitoba (a large coalition of service providers):

I spent some time reading through the NIMBY toolkit this morning. What an impressive tool; it is thorough, informative and easy to read. This will be of benefit to the entire province until we arrive at the place where we no longer need such a tool.

 – Margo Powell

New Directions Launches Webinar -Making Sense of Trauma: Practical Tools for Responding to Children and Youth

The Making Sense of Trauma Webinar: Practical Tools for responding to children and youth is based on a full day workshop that has been presented over 40 times across the province of Manitoba.  In this webinar participants will learn how to use a trauma-informed perspective to better understand the relational, neurobiological and developmental impact of trauma on children, youth and their caregivers.

This free webinar takes approximately 3.5 hours to complete and will be available to anyone who lives or works with children and youth.

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Discover a New Direction

Remember that each of us touches the lives of those around us. Healthier, happier children, youth, adults and families mean healthier, happier communities.  You can help make your community stronger, starting with yourself….and New Directions.