North Hub at a Glance

Our North Hub is a day activity hub for adults who have additional support needs due to learning and/or physical disabilities, autistic spectrum disorder, and people who require age-related support.

Our approach is centred on providing opportunities to build confidence and improve independence through therapeutic activities, social interaction, and inclusion.

Keeping physically and mentally active is key to our activities, whilst providing a positive, caring, and friendly environment. Our wellbeing sessions include;

individual physio programs

exercise classes

rebound therapy


educational trips

music therapy

multi-sensory sessions.

What We Offer 

We promote independent living skills and offer a range of activities to allow people to develop skills and communicate with others.  

Regular activities are included such as reminiscence sessions, a book club, art classes, parties, cookery courses, and social events. 

There are several therapeutic sessions available for people to access, including:

Individual physio programs
Rebound therapy
Music therapy
Multi-sensory therapy
Reminiscence therapy
Art therapy

Wellbeing workshops include: 

Dance classes
Exercise classes
Walking groups
Meal preparation

In addition to the Hub based activities, we offer opportunities for people within New Directions’ New Leaf Garden Centre.

North Hub has great connections with the local community and regularly work in partnership with organisations including the Atkinson, the Botanic Gardens, Hesketh Park and Dunes Splash. 

We are open from 9.40am until 4.30pm Monday to Friday. If you would like to know more information about our service please contact us using the information below.

North Hub Education and Training Activities


Please see below for the range of educational and creative activites provided through our North Hub service.

New Leaf

New Leaf Garden Centre is a member of our creative services family and part of our North Hub, situated on Southport’s Rotten Row, next to Victoria Park, home of the annual Southport Flower Show.

We offer day activities, for adults who have support needs due to learning and/or physical disabilities, or on the Autism Spectrum to achieve their potential.

New Leaf is run by a team of staff and our people who attend the garden centre to grow, develop and maintain the enterprise, welcoming customers, and visitors.


Click on the arrows to slide through our reviews and testimonials given by the people who use our service.

I have been doing art for a number of years. With the help of my tutors I have enjoyed it and learnt many skills. I am presently doing an oil painting. I mainly like oils.

Ann Head – North Hub

I really enjoy coming to my art sessions on a Tuesday morning. The art information I get from Simon is just fantastic which I can then try and put to practice. Also the enjoyment of the chat.

Colin Flynn – North Hub

“I think Harriet ‘s quote would be” – I really enjoy going to the day Hub where I can experience activities away from home. I especially love going out to local parks or going further afield on the bus. My weeks are definitely more interesting and enjoyable by spending time there.

Harriet Harris’ Mum – North Hub

I really enjoy the mix of music, movement and exercise, it’s fun

Caroline – North Hub Zumba Class

It’s fun and helps with my balance and staff help me”. “ It gives me confidence to get up and dance”.

David & Kate – Zumba Class North Hub

As I am unable to do much for myself, staff help me a lot. In my art session I am able to tell them the colours I want and they mix them for me. I have always enjoyed art, even though I am not particularly good at it. I am grateful for the staff helping to bring the images I have in my head to life

Pauline Lawrence – North Hub

I love my cookery session because it gives me confidence to help my mum in the kitchen.

Kate Dwerryhouse – North Hub

Enjoying some intensive interaction.

Layla Sirhan – North Hub

Mijon’s weekly sessions enable him to maintain his physical health and mental wellbeing, in a safe and warm environment. He has use of all the cardio machines such as, treadmill, bikes, and cross-trainer. They can also access the weight machines if they chose to.

Mijon – North Hub YMCA Gym Sessions

I enjoy attending the centre and particularly finds the art sessions and gardening activities fulfilling.

Julian Brown – North Hub

Julie enjoys spending time with her friends, and likes to do art sessions, pamper sessions, outings in the community, cookery, current affairs, music and storytelling, all of which help increase her confidence and communication skills.

Julie Wright – North Hub


 If you would like to know more about North Hub and considering attending or looking for opportunities for a family member, please contact:

Paula Scott (Service Manager) or Christopher Quinlan (Deputy Manager) on 01704 829480 or Email:

New Directions, Head Office, 3rd Floor, Burlington House,
Crosby Road North,, Waterloo, L22 0PJ