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Manuel gets helping hand from Workways

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helping handA MILFORD HAVEN man, who was unemployed for over a year, is back in work thanks to the support of an EU-backed employment project. Now, 45 year-old Manuel Barbosa is working as a labourer and taxi driver with Milford Haven-based companies Smith Pembrokeshire Group and Link Taxis after receiving a helping hand from South West Workways.

Having been laid off from a labouring job at Pembroke Refinery in December 2012, Manuel was having difficulty finding employment. In fact, all his speculative applications were met with silence.

“I didn’t have the right qualifications to get a construction job – if you don’t have a ticket, you can’t get on site. It was a stressful time,” said Manuel.

Having been referred to Workways by Jobcentre Plus, Manuel’s search for employment took an upward turn.

In addition to completing a welding qualification off his own back, Manuel was helped by Workways to search for job vacancies and received funding to complete a Hackney Carriage Licence and purchase protective equipment. This led to him accessing temporary jobs as a labourer with Smith Pembrokeshire Group and a driver with Link Taxis.

Manuel is delighted to have now been kept on permanently by both companies.

“It’s good to finally have a job again – things are much easier with money,” he said.

Manuel added: “Workways are the best because they’ve given me everything I needed; everyone was really helpful.”

Led by Neath Port Talbot Council in collaboration with Pembrokeshire, Swansea, Carmarthenshire and Bridgend Councils, the Workways project is backed by the European Social Fund through the Welsh Government. The project supports people to overcome the barriers which prevent them from finding employment.

For more information about Workways, call 01437 775265 or visit www.workways.co.uk

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Broad Haven: Car overturns in wet weather on B4341

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A CAR overturned in the wet weather on the B4341 Haverfordwest to Broad Haven road on Friday evening (Jul 3).

First on the scene, local Stephen Hughes told The Herald: “I was driving along and noticed a car had overturned on the Broad Haven Road past the left turning for Tiers Cross. I stopped and checked to see if everyone as okay.

“No one was injured, and I stayed until the police arrived.”

Police directed traffic and assisted with the recovery of the vehicle.

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County Hall in NHS blue lights tribute

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COUNTY HALL in Haverfordwest was lit in blue last night (Friday, 3rd July) and will be again tonight and tomorrow night as a tribute to NHS workers and social care staff throughout the country.

The illumination also marks the 72nd anniversary of the NHS on Sunday.

Said Pembrokeshire County Council Chairman, Dr Simon Hancock: “We owe these workers a great debt which will never be fully repaid and this gesture by the Council is richly deserved.”

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Cllr Beynon suspended as school governor at Pembroke’s Ysgol Harri Tudur

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PEMBROKESHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL said that they are unable to comment on the suspension of a Pembroke Dock councillor as a school governor.

Cllr Beynon confirmed that he has been suspended as a school governor at Pembroke’s Ysgol Harri Tudur.

“I’m looking forward until when the ombudsman throws out the complaints,” Cllr Beynon said.

Paul Dowson, a fellow Pembroke Dock councillor, recently resigned from the board of school governors of Ysgol Harri Tudur.

Cllr Dowson said after he resigned: “I feel a recent smear campaign reflects badly on the school even though its untrue.”

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