The Newport Women’s Forum Scholarship is open for applications

The Healthy Start Scheme is available to ensure pregnant women and young children have access to healthy foods and vitamins.

Women over 10 weeks pregnant or with a child under four and receiving certain benefits are entitled to over £1,200 to spend on healthy food.

Under the Healthy Start program, families can get a prepaid card that is topped up every four weeks with credit to help buy healthy foods such as fruits, vegetables, legumes, milk and infant formula. . Eligible families can also get Healthy Start vitamins for free.

Figures show that almost 40% of people in Wales eligible for the scheme are not currently claiming it. If you think you are eligible, please apply online: www.healthystart.nhs.uk/.

The Newport Women’s Forum Annual Scholarship of up to £1,500 is currently open for applications.

For 26 years, the purpose of the scholarship has been to assist individuals or groups of women residing in Newport, aged 18 and over, in their personal development.

This will mean different things to different people, so applicants should consider their own development needs.

All applications will be reviewed by an independent committee and must demonstrate that the money will make a significant difference in some aspect of their life. Funding could be provided to help achieve any objective. Examples could include training costs, purchase of tools and equipment or materials, travel and more. It is very much about the individual and their specific ambition.

The scholarship application form is available on the Women’s Forum website. Closing date is Friday, May 27. For more information, please visit their website: newportwf.wordpress.com/.

The Welsh Government has supported, with funding from Sport Wales, a health and wellness exercise program for the over 60s held at the Newport Centre.

The new low-intensity workouts are designed specifically for seniors ages 60 and up and include exercises like Zumba, tai chi, chair Pilates and more.

Newport Live also offers classes for the over 60s looking for higher intensity exercise. For more information on the 60 Plus scheme call 01633 656757 or email [email protected]

As always, if there is anything I can help with regarding the Senedd, or if you have any issues or concerns, please contact us. Your comments and suggestions are always welcome: [email protected] or call: 01633 376627.

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