Christmas market with a difference hailed huge success

THE ORGANISERS of a Christmas market with a difference have hailed the event a major success.

Social care provider New Directions reported an excellent turnout for its yuletide event which featured festive goods handcrafted by people with disabilities and other support needs who attend creative activities a t its day services.

The event was held at the organisation’s garden centre at Park Lodge greenhouses on  Rotten Row in Southport.

Gift ideas from the sewing, dressmaking and soft furnishing team included table runners and cushions, while woodcraft clients chipped in with bird boxes, bug hotels and eye-catching wooden Christmas trees and decorations.

Meanwhile, green-fingered garden centre service users had created festive plants, flowers, wreaths and grave pots.

Also on offer were chutneys, jams and home-baked goods produced at other New Directions services.

The market featured appearances by Father Christmas as well as two ponies from  Turning Lane Stables – Teddy and Bouncer – who arrived in their best Christmas attire.

New Directions Service Manager, Lesley Henderson, commented: “Our service users worked really hard to prepare for this event so we were all delighted at the turnout on the day.

“As well as being able to buy some very unusual handmade items, customers have  the satisfaction of knowing that any money they spent will be ploughed back into  providing more resources and opportunities for our clients,” added Lesley.

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