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‘Where there is help, there is hope’

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ONE LOCAL man is trying his best to make sure that those in need of help know where to turn. Each week Hywel Davies supports local mental health charities by hywel daviesplacing an advert in the paper containing the contact details of the main local mental health charities and also a few of the national ones too. His contribution helps mental health charities reach the public and concentrate their own funds on helping others.

Tom Price of The Pembrokeshire Herald visited Hywel Davies of Milford Haven to talk with him about the impact of mental health issues and how the community can help. The figures are shocking. Hywel told Tom: “One in four people in the UK suffer or will suffer from some sort of mental health in their life and that figure is one in three people in Pembrokeshire, that’s over 35,000 people in Pembrokeshire suffering from some sort of mental illness!” Hywel feels it is a problem which isn’t as highlighted in the community as it should be: “According to the world health organisation, by the year 2020 in the western world, more people will suffer from mental illness over physical ailments.”

Hywel is convinced that what people with mental health issues need is hope: “People need to know that they are not alone, charities and groups in our county and nationally are there to offer guidance, support, advice and information to help. If you know somebody who may have a mental illness, or you think you may be suffering yourself, don’t keep it to yourself.

One of the first ports of call could be Mind Pembrokeshire who will offer you advice and support on your concerns, their contact number is 01437 769982 and they will be more than happy to help with any query. Local charities couldn’t do the work they do without the help of the local community, you can help continue the fantastic work they are doing with donations, gifts or business.

We have 7 leading mental health charities in our county, and they all provide an invaluable service. In the 21st Century, people need to know that here, where we live, there is help and, where there is help, there is hope.” Hywel concluded: “If you feel that you or somebody you know needs some advice or just somebody to talk to about concern then these charities are here to help, all of the numbers you need are here so don’t hesitate and change something today.”

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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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