Blue Badge eligibility criteria expanded

The Blue Badge Scheme in Wales has been extended since the beginning of October 2016 to include those experiencing temporary but substantial injuries or illness, the Economy and Infrastructure Secretary Ken Skates has announced.

The expanded scheme, which provides parking concessions to people with disabilities, will now offer temporary, 12 month badges for those recovering from or awaiting treatment for serious illnesses or injuries.

Examples of this may include:

  • A person recovering from complex leg fractures sometimes managed with external fixators for periods of well over a year
  • A person recovering from stroke or head injury that has impacted on their mobility
  • A person recovering from spinal trauma which impacts their mobility
  • A person with a serious illness where the treatment may be debilitating, for example treatment for cancer
  • A person with severe functional leg impairments who is awaiting or who has undergone joint replacement (e.g. unilateral or bilateral hip, knee, etc)

Ken Skates said:

“The Blue Badge scheme helps provide access to services and facilities for those with the greatest need. It plays a vital role in improving access to employment and services for people with disabilities across Wales.

“To date, it has been limited to people with permanent impairments, whilst many with substantial but temporary injuries have been deemed ineligible. Extending eligibility by introducing these temporary badges ensures consistency and fairness in the way it’s delivered and means that more of those who need the Blue Badge have access to it. At the same time, limiting the criteria to people who have an impairment lasting twelve months or more ensures that a Blue Badge continues to be reserved for people with the greatest mobility needs.

“Wales now has the widest eligibility criteria in the UK – something to celebrate and build upon as we look to make Wales as accessible as possible to all.”

Dementia Care: Staying Connected and Living Well – free online course

A course for carers, to help you stay connected to loved ones, manage stress at home and diffuse difficult situations. Starts 23 May 2016 for 4 weeks.

About the course
If you are a carer for a person living with dementia then this is a course for you.

When it comes to understanding and supporting a person living with dementia, family carers are very often the most skilled and knowledgeable. Yet, you will know that carers can face a number of really stressful situations that can be difficult to deal with.

Get advice on connecting with and caring for someone with dementia

This course will provide you with knowledge and advice that can help you connect with and care for someone living with dementia. It will focus on everyday experiences that are seen as particularly challenging and stressful.

For more information and to register on the course please visit the Future Learn website.


Dementia Awareness Week: 15 – 21 May 2016

Our very own Tina Tipples will be at the Senior Health Shop on Holton Road in Barry from 10am until 12noon to talk to anyone about the services Crossroads Care in the Vale are able to provide.

Drop in to say hello, ask any questions you have, or just find out more about Crossroads Care in the Vale.

Dementia Awareness Week: 15-21 May 2016

Dementia Awareness Week is taking place from Sunday 15 May 2016 until Saturday 21 May 2016.

Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff has a programme of films to highlight Dementia.  Information of which films are on when is highlighted on page 28 of the May 2016 brochure which is available online.

The films are in addition to the play called Belonging which is running from the 2 to 7 May 2016 (page 14).

Belonging – Dementia Awareness Theatre – May 2016

Belonging is coming to Chapter Arts, Cardiff from the 3rd to 7th May 2016 before moving to venues across Wales.  It has been written by Karin Diamond and is directed by Peter Doran.

Inspiring and moving, Belonging is a powerful new play that follows the lives of two families as they discover that love and laughter don’t have to stop because of dementia.  It is based on Re-Live’s in-depth interviews with people living with dementia, family members and care workers.  It aims to dispel the myths of dementia and shines a light on how a dementia friendly Wales can be created just by belonging

“Belonging takes us inside the everyday experience of people living with dementia.  It enlightens, challenges and entertains all at the same time.  Prepare for some myth busting!” -Mark Jones, Dementia Care Advisor, The Younger Onset Dementia Service, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board.

For more information and to book, please visit the Chapter Arts website.


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