Care and Repair helping ‘nans and grampies’ all over Wales

It’s Care & Repair week and charitable body, Care & Repair Cymru (CRC), has a simple message for older homeowners up and down Wales.  If you are worried about living in poor housing, “we can help you”. 

(Click on to see CRC’s new video supporting their ‘helping nans and grampies..’ campaign)

With this positive message firmly in mind, Newport Care & Repair Agency Manager; Phil Arnold along with Caseworker; Gethyn Peploe, took part in an information session organised by Newport West AM Dame Rosemary Butler, held at Malpas library, specifically for older people living within her constituency area.  Representatives from the Fire Service, Newport CC, Energy Saving Trust, Credit Union, Department of Work and Pensions and the local Police Team were also on hand to provide a wealth of information and advice.

The event was well attended and proved an excellent opportunity to both increase community awareness of the services Care & Repair offer older people, and to talk to the Assembly Member about the Care and Repair movement in general in Wales.

After the event, Phil and Gethyn had arranged for the Assembly Member to meet a C&R client to see and hear first-hand about the direct impact Care and Repair had made to his quality of life.

A client of the Agency for many years, Mr Robertson told Rosemary how the Agency had supported him to live safely and independently in his home after accessing a range of grants and Safety at Home funding, for which he had been unaware he was eligible.   Mr Robertson had also benefitted from the Handyperson Service, with C&R overseeing works such as new level access French doors and the installation of a patio that Mr Robertson had funded himself.

The critical and much-valued role Care and Repair have in supporting the old and vulnerable was reinforced by  Care & Repair Cymru Chief Executive, Chris Jones, who this week said: “Now more than ever, our services are important not only because they help improve people’s quality of life, by keeping them safe, warm and independent, but also because they keep them away from places they don’t want to be- ambulances, hospitals, GP surgeries and residential care homes. These places are the last place many older people want to be, and by helping them live safely at home, we reduce the demand being placed on our increasingly stretched NHS and Social Services”.

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