Betty welcomes two Ministers and the Presiding Officer for tea and a chat!

Recently  the Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty; Lesley Griffiths AM, Presiding Officer; Dame Rosemary Butler AM and the Minister for Environment and Sustainable Development John Griffiths AM,  dropped in on Newport Care & Repair client Betty Probert to hear about the significant impact the Agency and its services have had on her life.

Accompanied by Sally Adams, Care & Repair Caseworker, 92 year old Betty was delighted to welcome the distinguished guests into her home, Betty said: “It is really lovely to be able to meet Lesley, Rosemary and John, especially as Rosemary was a former school friend of my daughter.  The beautiful Care & Repair cake was a definite bonus!

“I can’t praise Care and Repair enough, it’s amazing how a few adaptations have changed the quality of my life, enabling me to continue living in my home that I love.  I can now go to bed and sleep well, where I find so many of my problems have disappeared – they have given me back my confidence that was lost many years ago.  Without them I’m not sure what I would have done.”

The visit had been arranged to coincide with the Agency’s celebration of 15 years of assisting the older and most vulnerable people in our society and, since its launch in 2000, the 21st Century organisation has assisted over 30,000 older people throughout Newport.

Lesley Griffiths AM said “I really enjoyed meeting Betty and hearing how the Care & Repair programme in Newport has helped transform her life and boost her confidence by making a few relatively small changes to her home.

“Over the past 15 years Newport Care & Repair has helped thousands of people like Betty by carrying out improvements to their properties, allowing them to remain safe and well in their own home and live independently with the dignity they deserve.”

The Agency works extremely closely with health, housing and social care professionals both in the community and in hospitals and through the Agency’s involvement on average 6 people a week are supported and are able to be discharged from hospital in a timely manner to safe and secure housing.

Phil Arnold, Care & Repair Manager said ‘It was fantastic for the Ministers and Presiding Officer to be able to meet Betty and hear about the difference Care and Repair has really made to her life, and I know she enjoyed the experience  too!

With the population of Wales ageing more rapidly than that of anywhere else in the UK, Care and Repair (part of Seren Group) have an important role to play in ensuring older people like Betty have the opportunity to live safely and securely in their homes for as long as they want and are able.

This would not have happened to the scale it has, if it had not been for the continued support from Welsh Government, Newport City Council, Aneurin Bevan Health Board and Derwen Cymru and moving forward, the Agency is well positioned to meet the needs of more older people like Betty, for many years to come”.

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