Health & Social Care

Tuesday 22 January 2019

Torfaen issues social care digital innovation challenge

Torfaen issues social care digital innovation challenge
Description:
Technology businesses will be invited to develop solutions that could transform adult social care services in Torfaen and potentially world-wide, after the council successful secured £1.25 million from a UK Government digital innovation fund.
Friday 18 January 2019

Torfaen to benefit from Safe Places funding

Torfaen to benefit from Safe Places funding
Description:
The Safe Places Organisation has received £50,000 of National Lottery funding to expand the Safe Places National Network across the UK.
Thursday 17 January 2019

Pontypool Nationwide Building Society awarded Dementia Friends status

Pontypool Nationwide Building Society awarded Dementia Friends status
Description:
Nationwide Building Society in Pontypool is one of the latest organisations in Torfaen to gain their 'Working Towards being Dementia Friendly' status.
Tuesday 8 January 2019

Have we got Loos for you!

Description:
We want to hear your views on our draft local toilets strategy.
Thursday 13 December 2018

James wins National 'Young Volunteer Award'

James wins National 'Young Volunteer Award'
Description:
21-year-old James Matthews from Ponthir has recently been awarded the 'Young Volunteer of the Year award' at the annual National Volunteering Matters AGM awards ceremony in London
Monday 19 November 2018

Torfaen Santa Appeal deadline

Description:
The deadline date for Torfaen Christmas Santa Appeal is Monday 3 December 2018.
Friday 19 October 2018

Spread some joy this Christmas

Spread some joy this Christmas
Description:
This year's Torfaen Christmas Santa Appeal opens on Thursday 1 November 2018.
Tuesday 2 October 2018

Celebrating 'International Day of Older People' 2018

Celebrating 'International Day of Older People' 2018
Description:
International Day of Older People; this year we are celebrating the importance of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Monday 17 September 2018

International Older People's Day

International Older People's Day
Description:
On October 1 2018 it will be 'International Older People's Day'. The theme this year is, 'Older People who Champion Human Rights', celebrating people who make a positive difference to other people's lives.
Tuesday 24 July 2018

Landmark new well-being directory launches in Wales

Landmark new well-being directory launches in Wales
Description:
A landmark new national well-being website will be launched across Wales this week at the Royal Welsh Show.
Tuesday 12 June 2018

Considering childcare this summer?

Considering childcare this summer?
Description:
Torfaen Family Information Service is leading the way in helping parents find suitable childcare.
Friday 25 May 2018

Blaenavon town recognised with Dementia Friendly award

Blaenavon town recognised with Dementia Friendly award
Description:
Blaenavon has had its commitment to becoming a Dementia Friendly Town recognised with an award from the Alzheimer's society.
Monday 14 May 2018

Local children need local foster homes

Description:
Foster Care Fortnight' is a National Campaign raising the profile of fostering and shows how foster care transforms lives of children and young people.
Thursday 26 April 2018

Councils pledge to work together for people with disabilities

Councils pledge to work together for people with disabilities
Description:
Torfaen Council were one the many organisations in Gwent at the launch of the Charter at Greenmeadow Golf Club in Cwmbran on 25th April.
Tuesday 10 April 2018

Presentation of First Aid certificates

Presentation of First Aid certificates
Description:
Today a group of young women from Torfaen received certificates from St John's Ambulance for achieving their basic first aid qualifications.
Tuesday 27 March 2018

Cwmbran man defies the odds during Sports Relief challenge

Cwmbran man defies the odds during Sports Relief challenge
Description:
A Cwmbran man defies the odds during a Sports Relief challenge at Newport Velodrome.
Friday 16 February 2018

Beat off the winter blues at Cwmbran Library

Beat off the winter blues at Cwmbran Library
Description:
A wellbeing event to give the winter blues the boot takes place at Cwmbran Library on Friday 23 February from 11am until 2pm.
Tuesday 19 December 2017

Torfaen signs MND Charter

Torfaen signs MND Charter
Description:
Today, Tuesday (19.12.17) Torfaen council became the latest council in the UK to sign the Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Charter.
Thursday 7 December 2017

Torfaen council caring differently with the Carers Trust

Description:
Torfaen council have entered into a 12 month arrangement for a care & support scheme with the Carers Trust.
Friday 27 October 2017

Santa Appeal 2017

Santa Appeal 2017
Description:
Bring some Christmas cheer to a child in need with this year's Santa Appeal
Wednesday 18 October 2017

Council votes unanimously to remove council tax for care leavers

Council votes unanimously to remove council tax for care leavers
Description:
Torfaen has become the first council in Wales to exempt care leavers from council tax up to the age of 21.
Thursday 12 October 2017

'Safe Places' launched at Cwmbran Centre

Description:
Safe Places launched at Cwmbran Centre
Tuesday 26 September 2017

Torfaen 'Safe Spaces' launch

Torfaen 'Safe Spaces' launch
Description:
The Launch Torfaen 'Safe Places' scheme will take place on 9 October, 10am at Gwent Square, Cwmbran.
Friday 15 September 2017

Torfaen Community Connectors

Torfaen Community Connectors
Description:
A local resident living in Pontypool turned his life around since receiving support through Torfaen Community Connectors and other local services.
Tuesday 12 September 2017

Fibromyalgia support event

Fibromyalgia support event
Description:
Fibromyalgia support event, taking place Friday 22 September, 1:30 to 6:30 at Pontypool active living centre.
Thursday 6 July 2017

Cwmbran Centre backs dementia friendly shopping

Description:
Cwmbran Centre has become the latest venue to join the campaign to make Torfaen a dementia friendly community.
Thursday 8 June 2017

Torfaen Supporting Carers Week 2017

Torfaen Supporting Carers Week 2017
Description:
Torfaen Council is urging local communities and businesses to work together during Carers Week 2017 to help make the borough more 'carer friendly'.
Wednesday 3 May 2017

Foster Care Fortnight

Foster Care Fortnight
Description:
Following on from the launch of Torfaen council's 'More Than A Job' campaign last year, Torfaen will be supporting the Fostering Network's annual campaign 'Foster Care Fortnight' taking place 8 May to 21 May 2017.
Tuesday 7 March 2017

Dewis website to launch in Torfaen

Dewis website to launch in Torfaen
Description:
The Dewis website will be officially launched in Torfaen on Friday 10 March.
Wednesday 23 November 2016

Help Torfaen children in need this Christmas

Description:
Our annual Santa Appeal helps young people in Torfaen who are experiencing poverty and have little or no contact with their families.
Friday 21 October 2016

Volunteers sought to mentor young people

Volunteers sought to mentor young people
Description:
If you would like to make a difference to the lives of young people in Torfaen, we are seeking volunteers, aged 18+
Tuesday 18 October 2016

Torfaen Council considers support for vulnerable children

Torfaen Council considers support for vulnerable children
Description:
Today (18.10.2016), Torfaen councillors discussed the Council's participation in schemes to resettle refugees and vulnerable children.
Thursday 14 July 2016

Could you be a MIST carer?

Could you be a MIST carer?
Description:
Do you think you could be a MIST carer?
Tuesday 24 May 2016

Meet Torfaen's family placement team as part of fostering fortnight

Meet Torfaen's family placement team as part of fostering fortnight
Description:
As part of fostering fortnight (16-29 May), Torfaen's family placement team will be holding a meet and greet this Friday.
Monday 4 April 2016

Children's Commissioner discusses living in care in Torfaen

Children's Commissioner discusses living in care in Torfaen
Description:
The Children's Commissioner for Wales visited some of Torfaen's young people in foster care last week.
Monday 21 March 2016

Torfaen will use Herbert Protocol to help locate people with Dementia who go missing

Torfaen will use Herbert Protocol to help locate people with Dementia who go missing
Description:
A missing person's protocol for people living with Dementia will be used in Gwent for the first time following a partnership between five Gwent local authorities and Gwent Police
Monday 14 March 2016

Sight Cymru are looking for volunteers

Sight Cymru are looking for volunteers
Description:
Do you think you could spare a few hours a week, learn new skills and make new friends? Sight Cymru would like to hear from you if you are interested in volunteering your time
Thursday 10 March 2016

Former Torfaen foster carers encourage more people from the LGBT community to foster or adopt.

Former Torfaen foster carers encourage more people from the LGBT community to foster or adopt.
Description:
Former Torfaen foster carers Carol and Kate Johnson have told their story in support of LGBT Adoption and Fostering Week (7th-13th March 2016).
Monday 7 March 2016

Torfaen council backs LGBT Adoption and Fostering Week

Torfaen council backs LGBT Adoption and Fostering Week
Description:
Today (Monday 7th March) marks the start of LGBT Adoption and Fostering Week, a national campaign run by New Family Social
Monday 1 February 2016

Cwmbran couple add their voice to fostering campaign

Cwmbran couple add their voice to fostering campaign
Description:
Today marks the start of Fostering February, a month-long campaign which raises awareness about the role of a foster carer, and to dispel myths and misconceptions about fostering
Friday 29 January 2016

Young carers in Torfaen celebrated

Young carers in Torfaen celebrated
Description:
Yesterday (Thursday, January 28th) was Young Carers Awareness Day 2016, a national campaign day to recognise young carers in the UK who work continuously to provide care and support to their loved ones.
Thursday 28 January 2016

Recognising Torfaen's young carers

Recognising Torfaen's young carers
Description:
Today is Young Carers Awareness Day 2016, a national campaign day to recognise young carers in the UK who work continuously to provide care and support to their loved ones.
Monday 11 January 2016

More than just a job

More than just a job
Description:
An Abersychan couple have spoken about how rewarding they have found foster caring during the last five years.
Monday 4 January 2016

Health and wellbeing at Torfaen libraries

Health and wellbeing at Torfaen libraries
Description:
Monthly health and wellbeing drop-in sessions will take place at the World Heritage Centre in Blaenavon on the first Thursday of every month, from 2pm until 4pm, starting Thursday 7 January.
Friday 1 January 2016

Make it your new year's resolution to foster

Make it your new year's resolution to foster
Description:
Torfaen council has launched a campaign to raise awareness of the need to recruit more foster carers in 2016
Friday 18 December 2015

Torfaen Council spreads festive cheer this Christmas

Torfaen Council spreads festive cheer this Christmas
Description:
Staff from Torfaen council's Older Persons and Disabled Persons teams have been fundraising for vulnerable adults receiving support from social services who are alone and in need at Christmas across the borough.
Wednesday 9 December 2015

Torfaen Santa appeal celebrates tenth year

Torfaen Santa appeal celebrates tenth year
Description:
Over 700 gifts will be given to children in Torfaen thanks to the council's Santa appeal this year.
Monday 7 December 2015

Council consults on possible changes to care packages

Description:
Torfaen council is consulting on a proposal to establish a financial cap on the usual maximum expenditure on packages of care

Torfaen Community meals service praised

Description:
A Torfaen pensioner has praised the food delivery service she receives from Torfaen council
Thursday 26 November 2015

Community meals service praised

Description:
A New Inn woman has praised the food delivery service she receives from Torfaen council.
Wednesday 21 October 2015

Help support this year's Santa appeal

Help support this year's Santa appeal
Description:
Donations are needed for this year's Santa appeal
Monday 19 October 2015

Torfaen council backs 'Too Old at 4?' campaign

Description:
Today (19 October) is the start of National Adoption Week (19-25 October), and the campaign this year is 'Too Old at 4?'

Pontypool becomes Dementia Friendly

Pontypool becomes Dementia Friendly
Description:
A new scheme to create a Dementia Friendly Community in Pontypool was launched at Pontypool Museum on Friday (16 October).
Wednesday 14 October 2015

Pontypool to become a dementia friendly community

Pontypool to become a dementia friendly community
Description:
Pontypool town centre is to pilot a new approach to supporting people living with dementia and their carers.
Thursday 8 October 2015

PA Online Guidebook team shortlisted for Award

PA Online Guidebook team shortlisted for Award
Description:
The team behind the successful 'PA Online Guidebook' were shortlisted for The British Association of Social Workers Cymru Awards.
Thursday 17 September 2015

The Online PA Guidebook has been launched

The Online PA Guidebook has been launched
Description:
A free online learning resource to support the induction and continued professional development of Direct Payments Personal Assistants (PAs) was launched today (Thursday 17) at The Power Station in Cwmbran
Monday 14 September 2015

Torfaen's Community Meals service

Torfaen's Community Meals service
Description:
Torfaen's Community Meals provide a valuable service which assists people to remain living with comfort, security and safety in their own home.
Wednesday 9 September 2015

Always At Your Side – The Online PA Guide

Always At Your Side – The Online PA Guide
Description:
Torfaen Social Care and Housing officers and Services for Independent Living have collaborated with Project Managers from Unison, and leading author Dr Neil Thompson, to create an accessible, online learning resource to support the induction and continued professional development of Direct Payments Personal Assistants (PAs).
Thursday 27 August 2015

Support Worker Retires After 45 Years Service

Support Worker Retires After 45 Years Service
Description:
Pauline Reed, who works as a Support Worker in the Dementia Team at Torfaen council, is retiring at the age of 74.
Tuesday 21 July 2015

StreetGames coordinator visits parliament

StreetGames coordinator visits parliament
Description:
A council employee who volunteers for a charity providing sporting opportunities to young people in disadvantaged areas, has visited parliament to share the success of the charity with MPs.
Thursday 16 July 2015

Council invests in electric vehicles

Council invests in electric vehicles
Description:
Torfaen council has invested in five electric vans for its community meals service.
Monday 22 June 2015

Cwmbran Library food co-op

Cwmbran Library food co-op
Description:
Torfaen residents can now access affordable fresh fruit and vegetables from a new food co-op at Cwmbran Library.
Tuesday 2 June 2015

Free self-help stress classes for the public

Free self-help stress classes for the public
Description:
The Aneurin Bevan University Health Board is offering free stress control and ACTivate your life sessions through June in Torfaen.
Friday 15 May 2015

Foster carers celebrated in Torfaen

Foster carers celebrated in Torfaen
Description:
Torfaen council has recognised the dedication and commitment of its long-term foster carers with a celebration ceremony.
Friday 13 March 2015

World Heritage Centre hosts community champions

World Heritage Centre hosts community champions
Description:
Community Health Champions from across Gwent gathered at the World Heritage Centre in Blaenavon for their annual meeting last week.
Thursday 26 February 2015

Serious Case Review & Domestic Homicide Review Statement

Serious Case Review & Domestic Homicide Review Statement
Description:
Serious Case Review & Domestic Homicide Review Statement
Friday 13 February 2015

Caring Together

Caring Together
Description:
In November 2014, the Carers Measure Partnership Board were delighted to welcome around 120 delegates to the first Carers' conference, Caring Together
Tuesday 27 January 2015

Torfaen council supports British Heart Foundation

Torfaen council supports British Heart Foundation
Description:
Torfaen will be supporting the British Heart Foundation (BHF) on 6 February by asking employees to wear something red to work.
Thursday 15 January 2015

Dedicated online support launches for GPs in Wales

Dedicated online support launches for GPs in Wales
Description:
A 'one stop' signposting website for General Practice in Wales has been launched by Public Health Wales and Healthy Working Wales.
Wednesday 14 January 2015

Wales' first Stop Smoking Shop will open its doors in Cwmbran

Wales' first Stop Smoking Shop will open its doors in Cwmbran
Description:
Smokers in Torfaen will be given a helping hand with their New Year's resolutions to quit after Wales' first ever 'Stop Smoking Shop' opens its doors in Cwmbran Shopping Centre tomorrow, Thursday 15th January.
Wednesday 3 December 2014

Torfaen launches 'Menus Count in Care' website

Torfaen launches 'Menus Count in Care' website
Description:
Torfaen Council and Aneurin Bevan University Health Board have developed a menu planning system to be used in Nursing and Residential homes throughout the Borough.
Wednesday 15 October 2014

Scheme supports Torfaen young people

Scheme supports Torfaen young people
Description:
A Cwmbran woman is encouraging others to help young people through the Supported Lodgings scheme.
Wednesday 8 October 2014

Donations needed for Santa Appeal

Donations needed for Santa Appeal
Description:
Donations are needed for this year's Santa Appeal.
Friday 3 October 2014

Service board members to sign mental health pledge

Service board members to sign mental health pledge
Description:
Members of Torfaen Local Service Board (LSB) will sign-up to the Time to Change Wales campaign on Monday 6 October
Wednesday 1 October 2014

Be Independent scheme officially launched

Be Independent scheme officially launched
Description:
Torfaen residents can now call a single phone number to find out about services for older people.
Friday 26 September 2014

Service to help older people to be launched in Torfaen

Service to help older people to be launched in Torfaen
Description:
Torfaen residents can now call a single phone number to find out about services for older people.
Thursday 11 September 2014

Torfaen supports BHF Bag It Beat It campaign

Torfaen supports BHF Bag It Beat It campaign
Description:
Torfaen Council is proud to be supporting the British Heart Foundation's 'Bag It. Beat It' campaign.
Wednesday 14 May 2014

Wales ready to foster, poll shows

Wales ready to foster, poll shows
Description:
Appeal for foster parents in Torfaen
Tuesday 29 April 2014

More foster parents needed in Torfaen

More foster parents needed in Torfaen
Description:
A Torfaen couple have shared their experiences of fostering and are encouraging potential foster parents to come forward
Monday 28 April 2014

'Add to Your Life' with a free health and wellbeing self-assessment

'Add to Your Life' with a free health and wellbeing self-assessment
Description:
A free NHS Wales health and wellbeing assessment was launched today at Cwmbran Library
Wednesday 26 February 2014

Torfaen ramps up the red to fight heart disease with British Heart Foundation Cymru

Torfaen ramps up the red to fight heart disease with British Heart Foundation Cymru
Description:
Torfaen Council is ramping up the red to fight heart disease with British Heart Foundation (BHF) Cymru
Thursday 19 December 2013

Santa Appeal donations a real knock-out for Joe

Santa Appeal donations a real knock-out for Joe
Description:
Torfaen council has received a bumper stock of Christmas gifts, after staff at a local company dug deep and donated £4,000 of gifts to its annual Santa Appeal.
Thursday 28 November 2013

National Conference on Domestic Abuse

Description:
The first National Conference on Domestic Abuse for service providers and professionals in Wales will take place during the International sixteen days of action to eliminate violence against women, on Monday 2 December 2013, at the Parkway Hotel, in Cwmbran, Torfaen
Monday 25 November 2013

Apply to join national care advisory board

Apply to join national care advisory board
Description:
The Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales (CSSIW) is looking for families, relatives, carers and people who use services and organisations to be part of its new National Advisory Board.
Tuesday 22 October 2013

Have your say on residential care homes

Have your say on residential care homes
Description:
Older People's Commissioner for Wales, Sarah Rochira, launches review into quality of residential care in Wales.

Elderly residents encouraged to take advantage of offers

Elderly residents encouraged to take advantage of offers
Description:
The annual Keep Well This Winter campaign provides information and support to people aged 65 and over to help them stay safe and well during the colder months.
Friday 11 October 2013

Help make a child's Christmas

Help make a child's Christmas
Description:
Torfaen council needs help to ensure children in poverty receive a Christmas gift this year.
Wednesday 2 October 2013

Screening programme gets men to know their size!

Screening programme gets men to know their size!
Description:
Men aged 65+ urged to take up free life saving health check
Wednesday 31 July 2013

Learn on the job with an apprenticeship in Torfaen

Learn on the job with an apprenticeship in Torfaen
Description:
Torfaen council is working with Careers Wales to offer apprenticeships in social care.
Friday 19 July 2013

Children's designs put safeguarding in spotlight

Children's designs put safeguarding in spotlight
Description:
Pupils across South East Wales have been helping to shape the future of a new multi-agency group tasked with keeping children safe from harm.
Wednesday 28 November 2012

Torfaen's Santa Appeal

Torfaen's Santa Appeal
Description:
Torfaen's Santa Appeal will once again be bringing Christmas cheer to children in the borough.
Tuesday 30 October 2012

Torfaen Active Ageing 'Better Health' Day

Torfaen Active Ageing 'Better Health' Day
Description:
In support of the European Year of Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations, Torfaen Leisure are giving local residents age 50 and over the opportunity to enjoy free taster days at their local leisure centre.
Monday 15 October 2012

Minister visits Able Radio

Minister visits Able Radio
Description:
Gwenda Thomas AM visited Torfaen in October where she was interviewed live on air by the team at Able Radio
Tuesday 7 August 2012

Evolve wins social care contract

Evolve wins social care contract
Description:
Evolve, a not for profit organisation, wins social care contract for adults with learning disabilities
Thursday 5 April 2012

Making a huge difference to Torfaen children's lives

Description:
Would you be willing to help a vulnerable young person get through a traumatic time in their life? If so, Torfaen council needs local people to put themselves forward as potential foster parents.
Thursday 29 March 2012

Foster carers needed for challenging young people

Foster carers needed for challenging young people
Description:
Torfaen council needs full-time foster carers to support young people with particularly challenging behaviour.
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