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Green Party leader visits Fishguard



Screen Shot 2016-04-11 at 10.23.57THE LEADER of the Green Party addressed a meeting in Fishguard on Tuesday (Mar 22).

Natalie Bennett was joined on the stage by constituency and regional Green candidates, as well as local health and education activists Dr Kay Dearing and Dr Chris Overton.

Dr Overton kicked off proceedings with a brief history of the Save Withybush Action Team over the past 11 years.

He expressed his fears that the new emergency services boundaries, which were introduced as a temporary measure last year, had put extra pressure on Glangwili and Prince Philip Hospitals.

“They promised that this was a temporary measure, but they have employed new doctors and the boundaries have stayed the same,” he added. “I believe that if the same administration returns in May, the changes to Withybush as a rural general hospital will come into fruition.”

Dr Kay Dearing, who has been instrumental in leading the fight to save sixth form education in the county, pointed out that fortunately Wales had not gone down the free school/academy route, but still faced cuts to the education budget.

Dr Dearing pointed out that Pembrokeshire’s ‘interesting’ schools reorganisation ignored good performances in A-level results and concentrated on poorer GCSE results.

She also stressed that the cost of building any new schools would come out of the county’s education budget.

“This will lead to less money being available to teach 11-16 year olds,” she added.

Organiser Jim Scott, who has set up a petition calling for Stephen Crabb to resign as patron of Mencap Pembs, claimed that the public sector, especially the NHS, is ‘being stripped away at every level’ under the present government.

“The struggle is between those who recognise that, and those who are furthering their own agenda,” he added.

Natalie Bennett got one of the biggest rounds of applause of the night. The UK Green Party leader told a receptive crowd that 2020 was ‘too far away.’

“We can’t allow this Tory government to cause more damage for the next four years,” she added.

“Communities are being hollowed out – that’s what austerity means.”

Ms Bennett said that improved local public transport was a major part of her party’s plans – something that resonated with a north county audience. She pointed out that poor public transport services meant that many everyday activities were impossible for some people.

“How can you even hold down a job? A third of job-seekers don’t have access to a car,” she added.

Building strong local communities was another main theme of her talk. Ms Bennett suggested that rather than shopping in supermarkets, ‘where 1p in the pound goes back into the area and the rest goes to tax havens’ people should buy from smaller local shops, where the money goes straight back into the local economy.

Other areas discussed included fuel poverty, which Ms Bennett claimed was the result of ‘lousy’ housing stock, and the ‘living wage’ introduced by the chancellor, which only applies to those over the age of 25.

Concluding, she described the Green manifesto as ‘the anti-UKIP philosophy.’

“Theirs is one of fear, ours is one of hope,” she added.

A detailed question and answer session led to members of the audience expressing concerns about a number of local and national issues, including one about the ‘very successful disenfranchisement of young people’ through a combination of zero hour contracts, low pay and lack of eligibility for union support.

In response Ms Bennett discussed the SOAS cleaners’ strike in UCL, only to be told that ‘that was Bloomsbury, this is Pembrokeshire.

Dr Dearing pointed out that in Pembrokeshire this disenfranchisement had not been helped by consulting school pupils on the sixth form changes, then ignoring their input.

Regional Assembly candidate Alice Hooker-Stroud discussed her aims for the Assembly, including reinvigorating a ‘stale’ government.

“What we see is lots of lovely ideas coming out, and high targets to be met, but not much is coming through,” she added.

“We have a strict climate change target, but emissions are still going up.”

As someone brought up in west Wales, Ms Hooker-Stroud described seeing communities ‘broken apart.’

“The danger in the long term is that we stop feeling we should care for each other,” she said.

Constituency candidates Frances Bryant and Val Bradley joined the Welsh Greens leader to answer questions on local issues, including the party’s plans to reinstate services at Withybush, and solutions for the housing shortage in the area.

Closing the meeting Ms Hooker- Stroud reminded the audience that this election was: “the best chance yet of getting our first Green Assembly Member, here in mid and west Wales.”

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Funding secured for volunteering support at Paul Sartori Hospice at Home



PAUL SARTORI Hospice at Home, a Pembrokeshire-based charity, is delighted to announce that they were recently awarded £29,814.00 by the Pembrokeshire County Council Enhancing Pembrokeshire Scheme. The charity has been awarded a grant to develop the “We Care: Volunteering Support” project, which will improve the volunteer infrastructure and support the volunteer community.

The project will combat issues around Second Home ownership by increasing community engagement and opportunities to connect people through training, open days, new social events and wider community outreach and communication. The first phase of the project has been completed with the successful recruitment of Eleanor Evans, the We Care: Project Officer. Eleanor joins this part of the charity, on a secondment basis, and brings a wealth of
experience, not only within the charity but also working with volunteers throughout the county.

The charity has experienced challenges over the last 12 months, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This new project will enhance the existing volunteer structure within the charity, develop incentives to increase volunteer engagement; support volunteers by providing increased training opportunities and develop a new social culture to decrease loneliness and isolation. Recognising that the pandemic has been a difficult time for many, improving and increasing community communication will also be a key aim.

Furthermore, the Sartori Stores throughout Pembrokeshire, have been through a difficult year, closing, opening and closing again. Most volunteers have gracefully assisted the charity, often at the drop of a hat, to open the stores.

Unfortunately, the charity has witnessed a decrease in the number of available volunteers to help, due to the pandemic. So therefore, another key objective will be to recruit and train more volunteers to assist in generating vital income and supporting areas within the clinical services.

“I am very excited to join this area of the charity and am looking forward to this new role. Having worked within the retail sector previously, I know how a lack of volunteers within a store can have a detrimental effect on the opening days and times. This will be where I will be concentrating my recruitment efforts on initially,” stated Eleanor Evans, We: Care Project Officer.

“Here at Paul Sartori we work hard to deliver a rewarding volunteer experience – we
ensure that adequate training is given to all volunteers. Our managers provide training and invest time with our volunteers to ensure they have the skills to work in many areas across the charity. Our stores can be a very busy, fast-paced environment, which offers a great opportunity for the environmentally conscious individual who wishes to help out a local charity selling pre-loved goods,” added Eleanor.

Cllr Bob Kilmister, Pembrokeshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Finance, said the Council were pleased to support Paul Sartori deliver their We Care: Volunteering Support project.

“This project will add to the wide range of essential services Paul Sartori already provide to people in Pembrokeshire, improve their volunteer infrastructure and support the volunteer community,” he said.

“This is such a difficult time for charities and local organisations to maintain their services and volunteer activities and it is important to support them to strengthen their volunteer base, especially at this time when Covid is increasing the incidence of isolation and loneliness.”

The Enhancing Pembrokeshire Grant, using funds raised via the Second Homes Tax is available to provide funding for new projects that help address the negative impact of second homes and in doing so adds value to our communities.

“This grant has come at a good time for the charity. Assisting our valued volunteers; recruiting more active volunteers and investing more in our existing training programme will ensure that the charity is financially sustained for many years to come,” said Judith Williams, Grants Coordinator at Paul Sartori Hospice at Home.

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, or by phoning 01437 763223.

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Police at scene of RTC – officers seeking witnesses



POLICE in Milford Haven are making door to door enquiries in the Great North Road area following an accident involving a pedestrian and a vehicle.

It is understood that CCTV in the area was not pointing in the right direction so police are appealing for help with the case.

There is still a large police presence in the area as of 11.20am this morning (Feb 26).


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Crime Commissioner continues to secure funding for organisations that support victims of domestic and sexual violence



THE POLICE and Crime Commissioner for Dyfed-Powys Police is again making the offer for organisations that support victims of domestic and sexual abuse to bid for additional funds.

Funding was made available last year, in light of the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on organisations supporting victims of domestic and sexual violence.

It was part of a £76 million package of support made available by the UK Government.

Police and Crime Commissioner Dafydd Llywelyn said: “Thanks to this additional funding, we can ensure that victims and survivors of domestic abuse and sexual violence in Dyfed-Powys can access specialist services for support, at a time when they are needed the most.

“Unfortunately, we have seen a rise in domestic violence during the pandemic and victims need help now more than ever and I am grateful for the work of all the service providers across the Force area that help these men, women and families who are most in need.

“I want to reassure anyone who is in an abusive situation or relationship that you do not need to suffer in silence, and I urge anyone to report abuse to the Police on 101 or 999 in an emergency.

“This funding is open both to providers whom I currently commission and those that I do not currently fund. However, unlike the extraordinary Covid-19 funding provided in 2020/21, organisations do not need to be a registered charity, a charitable incorporated organisation, or a social enterprise to be eligible for this funding. They must, however, provide support services which have the purpose of helping victims of sexual violence or domestic abuse cope with the impacts of crime and, as far as possible, recover from the harm they have experienced. We would also encourage applications from small specialist organisations that support groups with protected characteristics.

“If you wish to submit a request for this funding, further guidance is available on my website, and can be requested via the office e-mail address.”

Closing date for submissions is close of play on Friday, March 12, 2021.

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