Can you foster for Newport?
Families and individuals who are prepared to offer help
to vulnerable youngsters in need of a loving stable home are being sought
by Newport City Council's social services department.
The Fostering Service is in need of foster carers who
are able to offer these children a safe place in which to live.
The focus of the work of the Fostering Service is at all
times trying to ensure that we place Newport children with our foster
carers in order that they can remain within the area, continue to attend
the same school or education provision and receive support from local
You can read more about two of our foster carers in this
month’s Newport Matters.
For further information on fostering for Newport City
Council visit the fostering
pages on the council website.
Disabled facilities grants
If you are older or disabled and experiencing
difficulties with activities of daily living within your home (for example
going up and down the stairs or getting in and out of the bath), a Disabled
Facilities Grant may be available to help fund adaptations to your
home. To be eligible for funding, you must own your own home or live
in privately rented accommodation.
Applications are processed by the council’s
Private Sector Housing team. To help decide what adaptations are
‘necessary and appropriate’, the team will consult with the
council’s Community Occupational Therapists who will arrange to visit
you in your home and assess your needs.
information can be found on the council's website.
Safety at home scheme
The Safety at Home scheme is administered by Newport
City Council and is available to those elderly or disabled residents of
Newport who live in their own home or privately rented
The aims of the scheme are to prevent admission to
hospital or long term care and enable discharge from hospital; these aims
are achieved through the provision of small adaptations which help people
to live safely and independently within their home. Adaptations
provided include handrails, grabrails, adjusting steps and installing small
The council will arrange for the works to be carried out
on behalf of the resident and the funding available for each adaptation is
calculated on the reasonable cost of the work up to a maximum of
Residents who have already benefited from the scheme
report that these small adaptions make a huge difference as they feel safer
and more confident within their home.
that for every £1 spent providing small adaptations, there is a
saving of £7 to the NHS in reduced hospital admissions.
Referrals into the scheme are accepted from GPs,
community nurses & social workers, hospital staff and organisations
such as Age Concern and Care & Repair but importantly, anyone who meets
the criteria can ‘self-refer’ into the scheme by telephoning
the City Contact Centre, 01633 656656, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
National Voter Registration Drive
Newport City Council wants to encourage anyone not yet
registered to vote, to take advantage of the National Voter Registration
Drive this week (1-7 February) and go online now to register.
On Thursday 5 May 2016, voters in Newport will go to the polls
to vote in two separate elections; one for the National Assembly for Wales
and another for the Police and Crime Commissioner election.
Anyone who isn’t registered to vote won’t be able
to take part and have their say.
The deadline to register to vote in these elections is
Monday 18 April 2016. Whilst there is still time to register,
it’s running out quickly.
The good news is that it only takes a few minutes to register
online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.
It’s a chance to join the thousands of people across the UK being
encouraged to register this week.
You can find more information on the council's
The council's website provides all the
latest road works scheduled for Newport so that residents can plan their
The weekly road
works report can be viewed here.
is lots to see and do over the coming week in Newport
Plus lots more. Visit the What's On pages on the council's website and follow us on Twitter
for all the latest updates.
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