Health & Social Care

Tuesday 17 January 2023

New Year, New Purpose

New Year, New Purpose
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In a new series of vlogs, foster carers from across Wales have come together to explore the reasons, life experiences and changes that led to them becoming carers.
Tuesday 20 December 2022

Volunteers needed for Assistive Technology trial

Volunteers needed for Assistive Technology trial
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Torfaen Council's assistive technology team is looking for volunteers to trial a new device aimed at helping to calm and comfort people living with dementia.
Thursday 15 December 2022

It's a kind of magic

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Residents living in care settings across Torfaen are trialling new technology which can help to reduce falls and stimulate movement and interaction.

Foster carer reaps reward

Foster carer reaps reward
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A Torfaen foster carer has received a prestigious award from the Fostering Network for her contribution to fostering.
Friday 2 December 2022

Fund open for Warm Hub applications

Fund open for Warm Hub applications
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This week, Torfaen Council has received a Welsh Government grant of £35,132 to support the creation of Warm Hubs in the borough.
Thursday 24 November 2022

Carers ID card takes off

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More than 200 young carers from across Torfaen have signed up to a new ID card that helps to make them more visible and valued in their communities.
Tuesday 22 November 2022

Fund launched to support unpaid carers

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Unpaid carers struggling with the cost of living can apply for a new grant of up to £500 to help with essential items.
Thursday 17 November 2022

Caring Costs roadshows

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Next week, Torfaen Council is hosting a series of roadshows across the borough to support unpaid carers concerned about the rising cost of living.
Wednesday 2 November 2022

Foster carers urgently needed across Wales

Foster carers urgently needed across Wales
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With around 550 foster carers needed each year in Wales, a one-off recruitment event looks to inspire a new generation of carers later this month.
Friday 14 October 2022

Torfaen Santa Appeal 2022

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The Torfaen Santa Appeal 2022 will open for donations at the beginning of next month.
Monday 10 October 2022

Celebrating World Mental Health Day

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More than 200 people attended a wellbeing event at the Congress Theatre today in celebration of World Mental Health Day.
Friday 7 October 2022

Bringing the Community Together this World Mental Health Day

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On Monday, Torfaen Council's Community Connectors team will be marking World Mental Health Day by holding a free wellbeing day at the Congress Theatre.
Wednesday 15 June 2022

Bench gets people talking

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A friendship bench outside a new community wellbeing hub is getting people talking.
Friday 10 June 2022

Making young carers more visible

Making young carers more visible
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Nearly 190 young carers in Torfaen have signed up for a national ID card, allowing them to be more visible within their communities.
Thursday 9 June 2022

Carers Garden goes wild

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A flower garden for unpaid carers in Torfaen has become the latest site where wildflowers are encouraged to grow in the borough.

Caring About the Cost of Living

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Around 40 unpaid carers have received help and advice about the rising cost of living as part of a series of Carers Week roadshows.
Tuesday 31 May 2022

Carers Week roadshows

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As part of Carers Week next week, Torfaen Council is organising a series of roadshows for unpaid carers concerned about the rising cost of living.
Friday 27 May 2022

Have your say on changes to the Mental Capacity Act

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The Welsh Government is consulting on changes to the Mental Capacity Act and how they will be applied.
Monday 16 May 2022

£500 unpaid carers payment

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Unpaid carers in Torfaen, who were in receipt of Carers Allowance on 31 March 2022, can now apply for a one-off £500 payment.
Wednesday 11 May 2022

Calling all creative children!

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To celebrate Foster Care Fortnight 2022, Torfaen Council is running a sunflower themed fostering competition for local children to get creatively involved in.
Monday 9 May 2022

Flowers for foster carers

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Residents are being asked to plant sunflower seeds in their gardens this spring to celebrate local foster carers, as part of the annual Foster Care Fortnight campaign.
Friday 8 April 2022

Shining a light on Parkinson's disease

Shining a light on Parkinson's disease
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Parkinson's Awareness Week kicks off on Monday and to mark the occasion, residents who suffer from the illness, are invited to attend a free local support group.
Friday 11 March 2022

Interested in a career in social care?

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Getting a job with Torfaen Council's social care teams can be the start of a long and varied career.
Tuesday 8 March 2022

Support for children with vision impairment

Support for children with vision impairment
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Children and young people with vision impairments will be given more support to live and learn independently, thanks to the introduction of a new curriculum framework.
Thursday 17 February 2022

Torfaen Cares

Torfaen Cares
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If you've ever fancied a career in social care, then sign up for Torfaen Council's first ever virtual social care recruitment day.
Sunday 6 February 2022

Shining a light on kidney cancer

Shining a light on kidney cancer
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Civic centre will be lit green next week to support Kidney Cancer Awareness Week.
Wednesday 19 January 2022

Community Meals serves up wellness check

Community Meals serves up wellness check
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Torfaen Council's Community Meals is helping older residents remain in their own homes by providing valuable wellness checks.
Monday 10 January 2022

Update - We need your help

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Currently all our health and social care services in Gwent are under massive pressure due to staff absence from Covid-19, especially our domiciliary care services and care home providers.
Tuesday 4 January 2022

Bake-off star shares fostering journey

Bake-off star shares fostering journey
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Channel Four Bake Off finalist Jon Jenkins has spoken about becoming a foster carer to help support a new campaign.
Thursday 23 December 2021

Winter of Wellbeing with Torfaen Play

Winter of Wellbeing with Torfaen Play
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The Play Service has been busy over the festive season providing fun filled activities to families in Torfaen.
Tuesday 21 December 2021

Sensory service provides extra support

Sensory service provides extra support
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Around 60 children with visual impairments have been given packs filled with sensory toys and equipment so they can take part in special playgroup sessions at home.
Friday 17 December 2021

National care crisis hitting Torfaen

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Torfaen council is writing to everyone in the borough receiving domiciliary care services and appealed for support to help fill a shortfall in care required this month
Friday 10 December 2021

Santa Appeal spreads some festive joy

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More than 800 gifts have been donated to this year's Torfaen Santa Appeal.
Thursday 18 November 2021

Celebrating and supporting carers

Celebrating and supporting carers
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An event to celebrate and support carers in Torfaen is being organised to mark Carers' Rights Day next week.
Thursday 4 November 2021

Torfaen Santa Appeal gets underway

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The Santa Appeal, run by Torfaen Social Services, gives people the chance to donate gifts to children and young people who would otherwise miss out at Christmas time.
Monday 18 October 2021

Canal photograph wins competition

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The winner of the Ty Glas y Dorlan photography competition has been chosen.
Thursday 7 October 2021

WeCare Wales Week 2021

WeCare Wales Week 2021
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Next week WeCare Wales will be shining a light on what it's like to work in the social care, children's and early years sectors.
Monday 4 October 2021

People across Wales encouraged to open their homes to foster children

People across Wales encouraged to open their homes to foster children
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Several life-size front doors have been unveiled outside the Senedd in Cardiff Bay, highlighting those who have opened their homes to foster children in Wales.

NHS in Wales begins its biggest ever winter vaccinations programme

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Public Health Wales is urging all eligible people in Wales to have their free NHS flu and COVID-19 booster vaccines as the NHS in Wales begins its biggest ever national winter vaccinations programme.
Monday 20 September 2021

We're looking for new foster carers for our children

We're looking for new foster carers for our children
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Foster Wales Torfaen is part of a new national campaign to recruit more local authority foster carers for local children.
Friday 17 September 2021

Council gets keys to state-of-the-art wellbeing centre

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Plans for a new multi-million-pound wellbeing hub have taken a major step forward.
Thursday 16 September 2021

Support for new care service

Support for new care service
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A former care worker has launched her own business offering companionship care to the elderly, thanks to Torfaen Council's Communities for Work Plus programme.
Wednesday 8 September 2021

Photography competition celebrating Torfaen's waterways

Photography competition celebrating Torfaen's waterways
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We're running a photography competition entitled Views and Nature Around the Waterways of Torfaen.
Tuesday 24 August 2021

Share your feedback on home care services

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People who receive home care services and their families are being asked to tell Torfaen Council about their experiences.
Wednesday 18 August 2021

Attendees of prom event urged to get PCR tests

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An appeal is being issued for the attendees of a school prom or graduation party held at the Cwrt Bleddyn hotel near Usk on Wednesday 11 August to get a PCR Covid-19 test.
Friday 13 August 2021

Community care services under pressure

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Councils in Gwent are alerting residents who receive community health and social care to expect possible changes in their support because of high demand on services and staff shortages.
Friday 30 July 2021

Louise wins Care Star Award

Louise wins Care Star Award
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Torfaen Carer Support worker Louise Hook has won a Care Star award for the support she has provided to local carers during the last 15 months.
Thursday 22 July 2021

New report provides important record of the state of Gwent's wildlife

New report provides important record of the state of Gwent's wildlife
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A thought-provoking new report, launched Wednesday 21st July, has looked at the breadth of wildlife in Gwent, recording the ecological successes and identifying those species most at risk...
Thursday 15 July 2021
Friday 18 June 2021

Changing lives by sharing lives

Changing lives by sharing lives
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This week we celebrate National Shared Lives - a programme, where people open their lives and homes up to help those in need of support.
Friday 11 June 2021

Work Begins On Carers Garden

Work Begins On Carers Garden
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Work has started on a new flower garden dedicated to all unpaid carers in Torfaen.
Wednesday 9 June 2021

Help For Young Carers

Help For Young Carers
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A pioneering scheme to support young carers in Torfaen is helping more than 100 youngsters.
Tuesday 8 June 2021

Extra Help For Carers

Extra Help For Carers
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Around 120 carers have been given extra help by Torfaen Council's social care teams during the coronavirus pandemic
Monday 7 June 2021

Your Voice Your Decision

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Did you know that you can apply for a Lasting Power of Attorney at any age?
Thursday 20 May 2021

'Get There Together'

'Get There Together'
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In Gwent during 'Dementia Action week' (17 – 23 May 2021), Torfaen Council would like to promote our part in the National Bevan Exemplar project, 'Get There Together'.
Wednesday 19 May 2021

Men Who Care tee off

Men Who Care tee off
Description:
As part of Foster Care Fortnight, the Celtic Manor Resort generously offered two rounds of golf to Gwent's local authority foster carers.
Monday 17 May 2021

Men Who Care wellbeing walk

Men Who Care wellbeing walk
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As part of this years Foster Care Fortnight campaign, Torfaen Council have joined other local authority fostering teams across the Gwent region to host a regional Men Who Care Wellbeing Walk in Pontypool Park.
Friday 14 May 2021

Torfaen Council says it with flowers

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This week, nearly 200 bouquets have been hand-delivered to foster carers by Torfaen Council's adult social care team, as part of Foster Care Fortnight.

Good Samaritan raises almost £5,000 running Ultramarathon

Good Samaritan raises almost £5,000 running Ultramarathon
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After five and a half months training council employee Alex Jones finally got the chance to put her mind and body to the test in a gruelling 24 hour ultramarathon, raising more than £4,700 for the Samaritans.

Let People Know You're Open

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Torfaen Council is calling on community groups and organisations stirring from the restrictions of the pandemic to let people know they're back open.
Monday 10 May 2021

Britain's Got Talent star unveils latest art project celebrating local authority foster carers across Wales

Britain's Got Talent star unveils latest art project celebrating local authority foster carers across Wales
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Welsh artist Nathan Wyburn wants to shine a light on the work that Torfaen's foster carers do, as Pontypool Civic Centre will be lit up in orange this Foster Care Fortnight.

Torfaen Council is celebrating Mental Health Awareness Week

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Today (Monday 10 May 2021)marks the launch of Mental Health Awareness Week, the UK's national week to raise awareness of mental health.
Friday 23 April 2021

Demand for Torfaen Community Meals hits an all-time high

Demand for Torfaen Community Meals hits an all-time high
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A Torfaen Council meal delivery service has seen demand for its service increase by almost a third over the past year.
Monday 15 March 2021

Young Carers' National ID card launched in Torfaen

Young Carers' National ID card launched in Torfaen
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After 18 months of planning and development by local authorities, Welsh Government and Carers Trust Wales, today (15 March 2021) a new Young Carers' National ID card scheme has been launched in Torfaen.
Thursday 18 February 2021

Do you have symptoms of COVID-19?

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Torfaen's first Local Testing Site (LTS) has opened today (February 18) in the Old Mill Car Park on Trosnant Street, Pontypool.
Tuesday 2 February 2021

Funding approved for high-tec innovations in Adult Care

Funding approved for high-tec innovations in Adult Care
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Torfaen Council has progressed two projects aimed at finding innovative solutions to improve care for residents.
Wednesday 23 December 2020

Joint statement from all public services in Wales

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As the festive period fast approaches, please think carefully about what you 'should do' rather than what you 'can do'
Monday 14 December 2020

Torfaen Santa Appeal receives more than 2000 donations

Torfaen Santa Appeal receives more than 2000 donations
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Gifts for Christmas will be handed out to 237 children and young people in Torfaen thanks to the huge success of this year's Torfaen Santa Appeal.
Wednesday 2 December 2020

Covid-19 Vaccine Deployment in Wales

Covid-19 Vaccine Deployment in Wales
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Today we received the welcome news that the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has granted the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine temporary authorisation for use based on evidence of safety and effectiveness.
Tuesday 17 November 2020

Magic Moments in Home Care - Jade and Shaun's Story

Magic Moments in Home Care - Jade and Shaun's Story
Description:
The coronavirus global pandemic has emphasised the critical role the social care workforce play in supporting Torfaen's most vulnerable citizens and the need for more people to start a career in the social care sector.
Friday 13 November 2020

Service users required to improve digital innovation

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Torfaen Council are looking to speak to residents who have recently requested or have been referred to support from the occupational therapy team
Thursday 29 October 2020

Virtual sessions for people interested in fostering

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As part of the Councils Autumn fostering campaign, we will be hosting virtual one to one drop in sessions for anybody who is interested in becoming a foster carer.
Wednesday 28 October 2020

Temporary covid-19 'walk-up' test centres to close in Torfaen

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The temporary covid-19 'walk-up' test centres in Blaenavon and Pontypool will close on Friday 30 October.
Monday 26 October 2020

Torfaen Santa Appeal opens soon: spread a little joy this Christmas!

Torfaen Santa Appeal opens soon: spread a little joy this Christmas!
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Once again Christmas is upon us and our thoughts turn to the children and young people of Torfaen who are experiencing poverty or have no contact with family.
Friday 23 October 2020

Aneurin Bevan University Health Board have extended the opening of the covid-19 testing facilities in Torfaen.

Aneurin Bevan University Health Board have extended the opening of the covid-19 testing facilities in Torfaen.
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The temporary covid-19 test centres in Blaenavon and Pontypool will now remain open until Friday 30 October
Friday 16 October 2020

COVID-19 'walk-up' test centres in Blaenavon and Pontypool to remain open

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Aneurin Bevan University Health Board is keeping open the temporary mobile testing unit in Blaenavon which opened on the 8th October.

#FosterLocal and make a difference that will last a lifetime

#FosterLocal and make a difference that will last a lifetime
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Torfaen Council are joining other local authorities across Gwent to promote a new Autumn fostering campaign that looks to encourage more families and individuals to come forward and foster a child or young person in need.
Monday 12 October 2020

It's National Adoption Week!

Description:
One of the best ways to inspire people to adopt is by sharing success stories of those that have been there and done it.
Thursday 1 October 2020

NHS COVID-19 app

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We're encouraging people in Torfaen to download and use the app because the more people that do so, the more it will help reduce and manage the spread of COVID.
Tuesday 29 September 2020

Temporary 'walk up' Coronavirus testing unit opens in Pontypool

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Aneurin Bevan University Health Board is opening a temporary mobile testing unit at the Old Mill Car Park, Trosnant, Pontypool, NP4 8AT, on Wednesday 30th September.
Monday 21 September 2020

Public Health Wales urges eligible people in Wales to have free flu vaccine

Public Health Wales urges eligible people in Wales to have free flu vaccine
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Public Health Wales is urging all eligible people in Wales to have their free flu vaccine as NHS Wales begins its largest ever national flu vaccine programme.
Thursday 17 September 2020

Local Seamstresses: The final Batch

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The council would like to thank a group of seamstresses for their hard work and effort in supporting the NHS during Covid-19.
Wednesday 9 September 2020

Shielding information from the Welsh Government

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Following the lockdown in Caerphilly, for Torfaen residents who were shielding prior to 16th of August and therefore remain on the Shielding Patient List, there is no change to the advice from the Chief Medical Officer for Wales.
Friday 7 August 2020

Tech Coach service home visits are back

Tech Coach service home visits are back
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A Torfaen Social Care project which aims to support digitally excluded residents in Torfaen is once again taking appointments to conduct home visits.
Wednesday 5 August 2020

SenCom Independent Review 2020

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An independent external review commissioned by the WLGA of the Sensory and Communication Support Service (SenCom) has been completed.
Monday 6 July 2020

"Together we can keep people safe"

"Together we can keep people safe"
Description:
A campaign launches today across Wales to encourage people to contact social services if they are worried that a family member, friend or neighbour is at risk of abuse, neglect and harm.
Thursday 11 June 2020

Carers Week 2020 -supporting unpaid carers in Torfaen

Carers Week 2020 -supporting unpaid carers in Torfaen
Description:
This Carers Week Torfaen Social Care teams continue to support unpaid carers in our communities, having positive conversations with them and offering information and support.
Thursday 7 May 2020

Show your support for Foster Care Fortnight

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For the next two weeks we are celebrating Foster Care Fortnight, which runs from 11-24 May.

More than 470 vulnerable Torfaen residents supported during lockdown

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Since the start of the Coronavirus lockdown back in March, more than 470 vulnerable residents across the borough have received vital support from the Council, which has enabled them to stay safe at home.
Monday 27 April 2020

Mobile App launch to support residents

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Today (27/04/2020), in response to Covid-19, Torfaen Council have launched 'Torfaen Community Support', a Mobile App to help quickly and easily link Torfaen's most vulnerable residents with volunteers who can help support them.
Friday 3 April 2020

1400 healthy meal boxes delivered to families across the borough

1400 healthy meal boxes delivered to families across the borough
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This week, Torfaen Neighbourhood Services teams alongside other Council colleagues, Community Volunteers, Torfaen Leisure Trust, Bron Afon and Pyramid Hygiene have delivered a large quantity of Free School Meal boxes to households across the borough.
Friday 27 March 2020

Covid-19: Torfaen Social Care update

Covid-19: Torfaen Social Care update
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As a council, we have been putting together contingency plans for residents who receive Home Care via our Personal Care Team, so that we are able to continue to support people in need.
Thursday 19 March 2020

Coronavirus Phishing Scams

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There have been reports of fake Coronavirus emails and text messages being received.
Thursday 5 March 2020

Coleg Gwent Students Star in National Social Care Campaign

Coleg Gwent Students Star in National Social Care Campaign
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The national We Care Wales campaign to attract more people to consider work in the social care sector has recently featured Coleg Gwent students Izzy Evren and Tyne Hughes in their latest campaign drive...
Friday 7 February 2020

Innovation challenge reaches first milestone

Innovation challenge reaches first milestone
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This week, five suppliers will end work on Phase 1 of the Govtech Catalyst Challenge.
Friday 17 January 2020

Night Shelter to aid rough sleepers in Torfaen

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Last week, Torfaen council held an extraordinary council meeting to update councillors on the steps being taken to tackle homelessness and rough sleeping in Torfaen.
Tuesday 14 January 2020

Care recruitment event to take place at Cwmbran Library

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Torfaen Personal Care Team are hosting an event on the 21st January 2020 at Cwmbran Library to recruit Support Workers for their Intake/Enablement and Dementia Teams.
Wednesday 1 January 2020

550 more foster carers needed across Wales in 2020

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The Fostering Network has estimated that 550 foster families will be needed in Wales to keep up with the widespread demand.
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