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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.


New Dementia Cafe – starting on the 20 August 2015


The Alzheimer’s Society are starting a Dementia Cafe in Barry on the third Thursday of every month, at Ty Hapus, 163 Holton Road, Barry.

The Cafe is open to people with dementia of any age and their family and friends.  It is an opportunity to come together for mutual support and information.  All are welcome.

For more information please ring 029 2043 4960


Age Cymru – Scams and swindles campaign

Scams and swindles is Age Cymru’s current campaign calling for more protection for older people from criminals who ruthlessly steal from them through a variety of scams and swindles.  Age Cymru wants companies used by the scammers – postal companies, internet service providers and telephony companies, to provide more protection for their customers.  They are also calling for No Cold Calling Zones across Wales.

For more information please see visit the Age Cymru website.

Council Tax Banding Scam Warning

Man on phoneVale of Glamorgan Trading Standards Officers are warning residents of a scam involving calls offering to reduce council tax bills.

Callers claim to be able to do this because the house may be in the wrong band. They also say that refunds can be claimed for any previous overpayments.

The caller requests payment details to process a £50 upfront fee to open the file.

Residents should be aware that if their property is in the wrong band it can be corrected free of charge by contacting the Valuation Office on 03000 505505. In addition some of the properties involved were in the lowest priced band “A” and could not possibly have bills reduced.

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New Rights for Wales’ 370,000 Carers from April 2016

Gwenda Thomas

Carers in Wales will have equal legal rights to those they look after when a landmark Welsh law comes into force in April 2016, the Deputy Minister for Social Services, Gwenda Thomas announced at the beginning of Carers Week.There are estimated to be more than 370,000 carers in Wales, 90,000 of whom look after family and friends for at least 50 hours a week. Between 70% and 95% of the care provided to people in communities across Wales is given freely by family and friends.

The Deputy Minister made the announcement during a visit to Neath Port Talbot Carers Service to celebrate their 5th Anniversary. Neath Port Talbot has the highest number of carers anywhere in Wales – 20,365 (2011 Census).

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Singing for the Brain with the Alzheimer’s Society

Group of Older PeopleThe Alzheimer’s Society Cardiff and Vale invites Carers and their relatives with dementia to join their weekly singing group.

No previous experience is necessary and there will be a warm welcome. There is a small charge of £2.50 per person to cover costs.

The group meets at Ty Hapus, 163 Holton Road, Barry CF63 4HB every Tuesday from 2pm – 3pm. There is a car park next door.

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