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Fun day to mark new look for children's respite centre

Posted on Monday 22nd July 2019
Oaklands Childrens Home 2 cutting the ribbon

The Mayor Councillor William Routley with Mayoress Alison Robbins, Leader of Newport City Council Councillor Debbie Wilcox and Councillor Paul Cockeram at the official opening of the refurbished home

Children and families attending the annual summer fete at Oakland House in Rogerstone yesterday had an extra special reason to celebrate.

It marked the official opening of the refurbished home thanks to funding from the Welsh Government’s integrated care fund (ICF).

The improvements include a new layout and rear extension to give the children more space, better access to the garden, two new “pods” where children can relax and a complete refurbishment of the interior.

Adjustable worktops in the kitchen mean children in wheelchairs can take part in cooking activities and the larger sensory room has under floor heating.

Oakland House provides planned overnight short breaks for children and young people with a severe disability in a safe, nurturing and stimulating environment as well as a day service.

Among those attending the fete were the Mayor of Newport, Councillor William Routley; the Leader of Newport City Council, Councillor Debbie Wilcox and Councillor Paul Cockeram, the cabinet member for social services.

Councillor Wilcox said: “The work carried out to Oakland House has made a huge difference to the amenities it can offer. I’m delighted that the council has been able to successfully complete this project thanks to funding from the Welsh Government’s ICF and I would like to thank all those who have made the vision a reality.

Councillor Cockeram said: "The feedback from families following the reopening has been extremely positive and we woud like to thank every for their patience while the work was taking place.

“Parents and carers are amazing but do sometimes need a short break from those caring responsibilities. However, it is important that the children have an enjoyable experience when they visit or stay in Oakland House and these improvements will help to make those experiences even more special.”

Newport City Council also thanked the staff at Oakland House for their commitment and for organising yesterday’s event.

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