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NEWS FROM ONE OF THE MAYOR’S CHOSEN CHARITIES


NEWS FROM ZOE BAGGOTT, ALZHEIMER’S RESEARCH UK REGIONAL FUNDRAISING OFFICER


Since Alzheimer’s Research UK was named as one of the Mayor’s charities this year, regional fundraising officer Zoe Baggott has been working hard to raise awareness of dementia across Newport and promote the work of the charity.


“I have distributed health information literature to care homes, delivered a number of dementia awareness


presentations to community groups and attended a number of events, such as Beating the Retreat at Newport Barracks and the 50 plus day at Newport Civic Centre.


“By far the biggest news though is that we have launched an Alzheimer’s Research UK Newport Group which is dedicated to raising money to fund pioneering dementia research. This really is exciting news for the city.


“This group is the first of its kind for our charity in Wales and represents a lasting legacy from the Mayor’s term of office. The group will also be raising awareness of dementia at their fundraising events which will contribute to the Mayor’s ambition to make Newport a dementia friendly city.”


More than 700 people have attended Dementia Friends sessions in Newport to learn what it’s like to live


HORSE POWER COMES BACK TO NEWPORT WOOD


September saw the return of traditional horse logging at Ladyhill Wood at an event to celebrate the start of the coppicing season.


Horse logger Kate Mobbs-Morgan and her Ardennes Draft horse Kipp, demonstrated the traditional art of felling and extracting trees using just horse power


to a group of interested local residents and school children.


Horse logging offers an efficient and flexible approach to timber extraction with a wide range of both traditional and modern equipment available.


The trees were felled by tree surgeon Marco Pallisco and then carefully removed by Kipp and Kate,


with dementia and how to help and turn that understanding into action.


Friends sessions take place on: Wednesday 9 December, 11am - Caerleon Town Hall, Thursday 14 January 2016, 2pm - Ringland Community Centre; Tuesday 9 February, 11am - Community House, Eton Road, Tuesday 23 February, 2pm - Alway Centre Thursday 10 March, 2pm - Malpas Court


Anyone wishing to find out more or who wants to join the Newport Group can contact Zoe: zoe.baggott@ alzheimersresearchuk.org or telephone 07469 852501


The Mayor’s other charities this year are Diabetes UK and Madzimai Pamwe - Zimbabwe Wales Women’s Partnership.


creating an accessible area for this season’s coppicing in a low impact and environmentally friendly way.


The coppicing project at Ladyhill Wood in Alway is the first of its kind in city council-owned woodland. Horse logging offers a low impact and sympathetic solution, particularly when it comes to the management of ancient woodland and archaeologically important sites.


NEWPORT REGENERATION PROJECTS HELPING PEOPLE INTO JOBS AND HOMES


Renovation work included creating a modern learning zone and IT suite, as well as upgrading the front of house areas and catering facilities.


As part of the ambitious project, the existing Pillgwenlly Millennium Trust social enterprise was also developed to provide high- quality employment and training opportunities for residents and support for local start-up businesses.


Welsh Government Minster Lesley Griffiths visited two of Newport’s completed Vibrant and Viable Places projects.


Pillgwenlly Millennium Centre has been transformed into a successful employment and training hub, backed with £258,000 through the Welsh Government’s Vibrant and Viable Places Programme.


The Minister also visited 62-66 Cardiff Road, Newport – a prominent historic building which had fallen into disrepair. With more than £890,000 from the Welsh Government, the building has been transformed by the Seren Group into 15 high quality affordable homes.


The £1.5m project has uplifted an area previously affected by anti-social behaviour, and created training and employment for four apprentices.


10 For more news visit www.newport.gov.uk......................................................................................................................................................NEWPORT MATTERS DECEMBER 2015


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