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Pembrokeshire puffins to star in new children’s books

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puffinPEMBROKESHIRE’S famous puffins and the other island wildlife on our local islands are the lead characters in a new series of children’s books by Lucy Griffiths from Marloes and her co-author and designer Christopher Thomas.

The initial print run will be funded by a  ‘Crowdfunding’ campaign using the popular online site ‘Kickstarter’ which helps creative people get their projects off the ground by taking pledges from backers who receive rewards for their pledges.  The campaign which launches this week offers backers the opportunity to pre-order copies of the books via the site, and if it’s successful in achieving its £1000 target the books will be printed here in Wales and despatched in time to be sent out as Christmas gifts.

The pair created their first three books as a way of encouraging very young children to learn about nature whilst also developing an adventurous, enterprising and independent approach to life.

They are keen supporters of the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales and are planning to create educational materials using the characters from their books that will help the Trust reach out to young children with their messages about conservation.

Lucy and Chris are both lecturers at the University of Wales Trinity St David, where they run enterprise education and career development workshops to encourage students to take an enterprising approach to their careers.  However, in order to reach beyond the students they work with at the University they set up their Social Enterprise ‘We Are Lucky’ to provide resources and experiences based on the principle that you ‘make your own luck’ in life.

Lucy says ‘I was born and raised in Marloes, so the puffins and other wildlife on Skomer and Skokholm have played an important role in my childhood.  Through these books I’d like other young children to learn about the amazing natural resources we have here in Wales, whilst also developing some of the wonderful  enterprising characteristics these birds show in adapting and surviving in difficult conditions.’

Chris said ‘We hope anyone who loves Pembrokeshire’s wildlife, and the messages behind these stories will back us by pledging their support to the Kickstarter campaign.’

Further information about the project can be found at: www.wearelucky.org

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School careers fair was ‘best day in school so far’

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YEAR Four pupils at Prendergast CP School have held their own Careers Fair.

The children undertook the challenge of planning and fully organising the event inspired by this term’s class topic ‘Who Do You Want To Become? focusing on the world of work and looking forward to the future.

In preparation, pupils wrote emails to the head teacher, Mrs Davies, and deputy head teacher, Mr Voros, asking for permission to hold the careers fair.

Letters – drafted and written asking a variety of businesses, professionals, and public health service men and women to attend – met with an enthusiastic response.

Representatives from Princes Gate Water; Sport Pembrokeshire; RNLI Lifeguards; Torch Theatre; Horse Warehouse; Dyfed Powys Police; the Armed Forces; University of Wales Trinity St David; Haverfordwest AFC; Jewson; local charity the DPJ Foundation and a local beekeeper all attended.

Year Four teacher, Joshua Layzell, said: “The reaction from the pupils, teaching staff and stall holders involved was outstanding.

“The hard work that everyone has put in to make it happen has been worth it. And as far as I’m concerned if just one child left the fair with a focus, or an idea of what they now want to do in the future, then I will consider the whole experience a complete success.”

One of the attendees, PCSO Zoe Monk, said afterwards: “What an amazing event! I wish I’d had opportunities like this when I was in Year Four.”

Another, Jac Davies from Princes Gate Water, said “It was great to see such a variety of stalls – the children are very enthusiastic about asking questions and finding out about what we do.”

And one of the boys from Year 4 described it as “the best day we’ve had in school so far!”

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Farm shop helps disabled

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A retail outlet selling a range of products handcrafted by local disabled people has been officially opened.

The farm shop at Scolton Manor near Haverfordwest also provides employment for those with a disability.

It is the result of collaborative working between a number of organisations.

A leading role is played by Pembrokeshire County Council’s Norman Industries – a supported factory in Snowdrop Lane, Haverfordwest, which employs people with a disability.

The opening of the Scolton Manor farm shop has enabled Norman Industries to employ a further six people in the unit, giving them experience in a retail environment and customer service.

A further three disabled people have been taken on in its craft workshop bringing the total number of people on its supported
employment programme to over 50.    

The shop supports a wide range of Pembrokeshire producers – not just Norman Industries – and has opened up a range of work-based alternative day opportunities for people in craft industries.  

Funding has been accessed through a variety of sources including from the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) through its Access to Work programme, through Workways+ from European Funds and through the Welsh Government’s Integrated Care Fund.

The official opening was performed by the Vice Chairman of Pembrokeshire County Council, Michael James.

He told guests: “This enterprise is an important step in improving the wellbeing of Pembrokeshire citizens. Along with the other initiatives run by Norman Industries, it shows how the County Council has improved its support and employment of people with disability over the last two years.”

Councillor James said the work had resulted in Pembrokeshire County Council being recognised as a DWP Disability Confident
Leader – the first local authority in Wales to achieve the distinction.

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Teifi Fun’d Raisers help Paul Sartori

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TEIFI Fun’d Raisers are a small group who meet regularly and raise vital funds for local and national charities which are close to their hearts. A Ball Race was recently held to raise vital funds for Paul Sartori Hospice at Home.

On 17th August, the local charity fundraisers held this event at the Penybryn Arms in Penybryn, near Cardigan. Prior to the race, support was gathered and the small group of fundraisers sold 500 balls at £1.00 each. The balls were then numbered and released down the hill alongside the Penybryn Arms.

Dyfrig Evans, member of the Teifi Fun’d Raisers said, “We have held this event once before; this year one of our members nominated Paul Sartori as they had experienced their services first hand.” This event proved to be a huge success as the Teifi Fun’d Raisers sold all 500 balls raising a fantastic £500.00 for Paul Sartori.

Lisa Wells, Income Generation Team administrator from Paul Sartori; recently went along to the Penybryn Arms to receive the cheque. She also spoke to the members present about all of the services offered by Paul Sartori. “A lot of people are unaware that we provide so many services and that they are all free of charge. We rely on the generosity of local businesses, general public and fundraisers like this ball race to raise vital funds for the Charity.” Said Lisa.

Paul Sartori Hospice at Home provides a range of services to Pembrokeshire people living in the final stages of a life-limiting illness, including home nursing care, equipment loan, complementary therapy, bereavement and counselling support, under 18’s anticipatory grief and bereavement support, physiotherapy, advance care planning and training.

The services provided by the Paul Sartori Hospice at Home enable people in the later stages of any life-limiting illness to be cared for and to die at home with dignity, independence, pain free and surrounded by those they hold most dear, if that is their wish.

All of the services are free of charge and are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, thanks to the generosity of the Pembrokeshire Community.

Further information on the charity and its services can be obtained by visiting their website www.paulsartori.org, or by phoning 01437 763223.

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