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Positive impact of young volunteers

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IN THE LEAD UP to Volunteers’ Week (June 1 to 7), the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) reveals the breadth of social impact young people contribute to their communities in Wales through the Volunteering section of their DofE programme and the long-lasting positive effect the experience has on the individual.

 In the research sample of over 6,500 DofE participants in Wales aged 14 to 24, popular activities included helping children, such as at afterschool clubs (13%), sports leadership, including basketball scoring and hockey mentoring (11%), volunteering in a charity shop (10%) and helping people in need such as the elderly or homeless (4%). As well as the traditional volunteering roles, the survey also identified more unusual opportunities young people have pursued in Wales, such as going on an archaeological excavation, assisting ballet lessons, tutoring maths and coaching golf and tennis. Through volunteering, young people can gain valuable skills that have a lasting impact on both their work and personal lives. These include communication, team-working and commitment, in addition to the emotional intelligence and social awareness volunteering fosters. The DofE works with other charities to support young people in their volunteering choices, including the British Heart Foundation, Oxfam, NSPCC and PDSA which provide a variety of opportunities. For their DofE, young people commit to three months to a year of volunteering, depending on their award level, and often continue after they’ve achieved their Bronze, Silver or Gold Award. As well as volunteering, other sections of the DofE include: physical, improving in an area of sport, dance or fitness; skills, developing practical and social skills and personal interests; expedition, planning and undertaking an adventurous journey; and Residential, only for Gold Award participants, staying and working away from home doing a shared activity. Stephanie Price, DofE Director, Wales, said: “Young people doing their DofE across the UK and our volunteers put an estimated £41m back into society in volunteering hours per year. This is a phenomenal figure showing the huge benefit of the DofE to local communities and individuals alike. Through their volunteering activities, our young people show themselves to be active, considerate citizens, shining examples of their generation.” There are currently over 300,000 young people taking part in a DofE programme across the UK through a variety of centres including both state and independent schools, special schools, businesses, prisons, Young Offender Institutions and youth groups.

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Police investigate ‘Chinese government vehicle’ spotted near Puma Oil Terminal

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POLICE have confirmed that they are conducting “the appropriate enquiries” after a suspicious vehicle was spotted in the vicinity of Puma Oil Terminal on Saturday afternoon (Aug 8).

Following a tip off a Herald reporter was dispatched to the area, and saw a black Volvo SUV with three IC5 (Korean, Japanese or Chinese) looking males inside the vehicle. The vehicle had diplomatic number plates identifying that it belonged to the Chinese government.

However, a DVLA check suggested that the plates were registered to a BMW and not the Volvo they were displayed upon.

South Hook LNG security was notified as a precaution.

A police spokesman said: “Members of the public are advised to contact the police to report any suspicious activity or incidents.”

Both the UK and US governments are currently on alert following incidents of spying relating to key infrastructure, computer systems and state secrets by the Chinese authorities.

[The image used in this report is a computer generated artist’s impression.]

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Milford Haven Street Food Festival Returns To Waterfront This August

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MILFORD Haven Street Food Festival will be setting up camp at Milford Waterfront for the third year running to continue their Summer of street food tour, and with a brand new sponsor joining for the ride! Jubel Beer will be on hand fully loaded with refreshing fruity beers to serve all weekend long.

Street Food Warehouse and their team of feeders are heading back into town this bank holiday weekend, 28th – 30th August.

Cooking up a storm between noon – 10pm, the festival is split into three mouth-watering portions and is the only way to get you in the mood for summer and of course, fill you up to the brim on all of your favourite foodie delights.

You’ll need to grab your tickets beforehand, just make sure you come with an empty belly ready to taste new flavours – the world will really be your oyster. From smokin’ souvlaki to naughty nachos, mouthwatering Malaysian to chocolatey treats. Carnivores, veggies and vegans alike will be able to get their hungry hands on a range of Insta-worthy grub from all over the world!

Don’t worry, we haven’t forgotten that you’ll need something to tingle your taste buds and wash it all down with! Luckily, The Pop Up Bar Hire Company has got the whole weekend covered, offering all of your favourite beverages ranging from zesty Mojitos to ice-cold pints of Jubel Beer.

Two Lads Kitchen, Spicer’s Meat Wagon, Makasih and Chock Shop are just some of the street food vendors that will be attending the weekend, with many more both local and national vendors to be announced.

Come rain or shine, the event is completely free and family-friendly where you can get your hands on the most vibrant and high quality street food Milford Haven has to offer.

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Tenby: Police investigate overnight burglaries and theft

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POLICE are investigating two burglaries and a theft which occurred sometime overnight 9th/10th August in Tenby.

At approximately 2am this morning the RNLI lifeboat station, on Castle Hill, was broken into and money taken from the charity donation box.

Sometime overnight the padlock on the charity box for the Shipwrecked Mariners Society on Castle Square was broken and money taken from within.

Also overnight a window was forced open at the Denis Café, Castle Beach, and the till was missing. The till was later found with the money removed.

PC Garland said: “The three incidents are currently being linked. Having to close to deal with the clean-up of this type of incident is difficult for any business but especially so at this time. The two charities rely on donations to keep going and being a crew member of the Tenby Lifeboat I know what important work they due for the local community and for visitors who get into difficulty in the sea. I would appeal to anyone with any information to come forward and contact police.”

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