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People working on the tourism frontline have been armed with information about the city’s many attractions to pass on to visitors.

Last year, the city council launched its Welcome to Newport scheme which offered training to people from a variety of businesses and organisations.

Research was also carried out into the “story of Newport” which wove together the historical strands and current themes that have made the city.

It was funded with grants from the Welsh Government Regional Tourism Engagement Fund with support from Newport Now, the business improvement


district organisation, as well as some council funding.

As a result, the Newport Ambassadors are able to give visitors to their locations or events an insight into other interesting city landmarks as well as their historical background and links.

Councillor John Richards, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Investment, said:

“It is fantastic to see so much enthusiasm from the wonderful Newport Ambassadors for our city and its many fascinating attractions.

“Visitor tourism is an important part of our economy – last year in Newport it has an economic impact of £286 million and provided more than 3,000

A group of residents have responded to an appeal from Newport City Council to carry out practical conservation tasks. So don those gardening gloves and have a go.

Together with Keep Wales Tidy and Fourteen Locks Canal Centre, the council’s green services team

has established a volunteer group.

Members meet weekly to work on projects around the Fourteen Locks Canal Centre and Allt-yr-yn Local Nature Reserve to carry out minor maintenance of fencing, bridges and pathways; habitat improvement work such as cutting back undergrowth and putting up

nest boxes and litter clearance.

If you would like to join more information and an application form for the Canal and Countryside Volunteer Team can be found at volunteer or contact Natalie Waller on 01633 656656 or email


Once common across the UK, water voles are now very rare and were seemingly extinct in Newport.

In 2012, Gwent Wildlife Trust reintroduced them to Magor Marsh and almost five years later the population is booming!

If you have seen any in Newport, please let Gwent Wildlife know on 01600 740600


Newport City Dogs Home is run by Newport City Council and takes in stray dogs found by residents or brought in by dog wardens.

Volunteers make a huge difference by supporting the team and we are always looking for people to help out and walk dogs. We also welcome donations of doggy items, new or used.

Call 01633 656656 or email

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Councillor Paul Cockeram, Newport City Council’s Cabinet Member for Social Services and Housing, has welcomed the confirmation that funding to help Newport residents is to be protected.

In the autumn, the Welsh Government announced that the Supporting People Programme Grant would be £124.48 million – the same as last year.

“In Newport, more than 4,000 people are helped each year by more than 100 accommodation- based and floating support projects led by our dedicated team in partnership with other providers.

“Newport’s Supporting People team works with people who are dealing with difficult issues such as homelessness, domestic abuse, substance misuse, financial pressures, physical disabilities and mental health problems but they are all individuals who need support to live in our communities, sometimes just while they get back on their feet while others need more long-term support .

“The people who access this support are prevented from entering into crisis and early intervention is less damaging for the individual and more cost effective to public services.”

Recently, the Gwent supporting people teams, including Newport, won the Commissioning Excellence Award at the 2015 Promoting Independence Awards.

jobs – and we want to offer them lots to see and do while they are here and so they want to return.

“As well as tapping into the knowledge of the Newport Ambassadors, visitors can use the Newport Explorer (www. which enables smartphone users to scan codes at various locations around the city. They can watch archive film, listen to local memories and see vintage views.

“We also want residents to discover what the city has to offer – they might be surprised to find what is right on their doorstep.”

Some of Newport’s Ambassadors at Newport Cathedral

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