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Supporting young people and families over the summer holidays

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PEMBROKESHIRE County Council is delighted to announce a fun and comprehensive programme of activities to support young people and families this summer.

The programme will help young people re-engage with their peers in a safe environment over the summer and help prepare for returning to school in September.

This provision has been developed in conjunction with 3 rd sector youth providers, PAVS, Public Health Wales, Citizens Advice, Pembrokeshire College and Uniform Services.

Pembrokeshire’s Youth Services and Education Welfare Officers will also work throughout the summer complimenting the services by supporting rural communities and targeting our most vulnerable young people.

Youth Clubs
The Council will be supporting the opening of Youth Clubs at The Tanyard (Pembroke), The Hive (Haverfordwest), The POINT (Fishguard) and Milford Youth Matters (Milford Haven).

There will also be restricted openings at Letterston, Neyland and popup youth work sessions in Solva. Operating hours at each setting will differ so please check the website
www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/summer-programme for details of what’s on in your area.

Free pizza and snacks will be available at settings as well as additional support for families through the delivery of food parcels, recipe cards and online videos.

PAVS Community Connector for Children & Families will also be available through the summer to help signpost and connect families to voluntary sector and community support. They will also be offering online advice and support in conjunction with Citizens Advice on money matters, benefits and support for uniforms.

Pembrokeshire Council will be supporting young people on a referral basis, offering outdoor and adventurous activities and counselling to compliment this wider provision.

Colleagues from Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service will also be on hand to offer general advice to young people on the dangers of tombstoning, wild fires etc.

Five to 16 year-olds will also be able to drop in to the Community Hubs between 12-2 throughout the summer for free food and activities.

The four school based Community Hubs will be based at Pennar Community School, Goodwick CP School, Greenhill and Waldo Williams (Mount Airey / Infants site). Among the fun on offer will be craft, music and sport co-ordinated by the Council’s Music Service, Flying Start and Sport Pembrokeshire.

For further information and advice on what’s available for your child over the summer contact 01437 770023 or e-mail: CSAAS@pembrokeshire.gov.uk See www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/summer-programme

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Concern over misuse of Hidden Disabilities Sunflower Lanyard

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PEMBROKESHIRE residents are being asked not to wear the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower as proof of exemption from wearing a face covering, unless they have a genuine need.

The call comes following concern that the lanyards, commonly used as a discreet way of helping the wearer inform staff, colleagues and health professionals that they need additional support, help or time, are being used to avoid wearing a face covering during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Jessica Hatchett, Pembrokeshire County Council’s Access Officer, said “Any fraudulent use of the Sunflower reduces its effectiveness for those who genuinely need it, as not all disabilities are obvious.

“I would like to remind those who need the lanyard to get it from a legitimate source, and not pay higher prices for copies that promote incorrect use.

“Even if you are exempt from wearing a face covering, you may not need the lanyard.”

A spokesman for the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower said: “We in no way condone the misuse of our Sunflower lanyard, and find it distressing it might be used for this purpose.

“We do not ask for proof of the wearer’s disability, as some are yet to be diagnosed, or have conditions that are difficult to diagnose.

“The Hidden Disabilities Sunflower is designed to discreetly indicate that the wearer or someone with them has a hidden disability – if that is not you, then please desist from wearing our Sunflower lanyard.”

The Hidden Disabilities Sunflower is a global scheme, with an increasing number of businesses and organisations in the UK, including supermarkets, train and bus stations, leisure facilities and the NHS, now recognising the lanyard.

Face coverings remain a legal requirement in all indoor public places in Wales, including public transport and taxis, and where takeaway food and drink is sold.

This applies to everyone aged 11 and over, unless an exception applies. Children under 11 do not have to wear a face covering.

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Pembrokeshire residents aged 75 to 79 years to receive their first COVID vaccine

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LETTERS will arrive in the coming days inviting Pembrokeshire residents aged 75 to 79 years to receive their first COVID vaccine at a mass vaccination centre, Hywel Dda University Health Board (UHB) has announced.

The letter will provide an appointment time at one of the following mass vaccination centres: Haverfordwest – Pembrokeshire Archives, Prendergast; and Tenby – Tenby Leisure Centre.

These mass vaccination centres will provide a safe environment, space to maintain social distancing while allowing more people to be vaccinated as efficiently and as quickly as possible.

It is vital that you make every effort to attend your appointment.

You will need to delay your vaccination if you have had a positive coronavirus test within 28 days of this appointment or if you are unwell with a fever, have a new continuous cough or a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell.

Please let us know if you cannot attend or need to delay your appointment as soon as possible by calling the number provided in your appointment letter. This will mean we can give your appointment to someone else and save NHS resources.

Steve Moore, Chief Executive of Hywel Dda UHB, said: “Until now we have been using our mass vaccination centres to vaccinate our front-line staff in health, social care and care homes. With over 85% of front-line health workers having had their first dose, and seeing rapid progress with care home staff and social care staff, we are now moving onto the next phase of our delivery plan.

“The opening of our mass vaccination centres to the public will allow us to offer more people a vaccine as soon as supplies are available to us. If you have received an invitation it is because you are in a priority group and at greater risk of complications if you catch COVID-19.

“Vaccines are safe, effective and save lives and the COVID vaccine offers our community hope. By receiving your vaccine, you will continue to play your small but incredibly important part in protecting yourself, the most vulnerable in our communities and our local NHS. Thank you.”

When you attend your appointment please bring with you:

Your appointment letter

Some ID such as your passport, driving license or utility bill in your name
A face mask (if you don’t have one, you will be given one)
People aged 80 years and over will continue to be invited by their GP practice to receive the vaccine, all of which have now received a supply of vaccines. The health board has also commissioned GP practices to vaccinate housebound patients and residents in our care homes.

Hywel Dda UHB is working to offer a vaccine to everyone in priority groups 1 to 4 by mid-February. People over 70 years of age and everyone who is clinically extremely vulnerable as part of priority group 4 will be invited next to receive a vaccine. The health board will provide further information at the earliest opportunity.

Please do not attend any vaccination venue without an appointment and do not contact your GP, pharmacy or health board to ask when you will be invited. People are being invited to receive the vaccine in order of priority and we thank you for your patience.

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A4076 reopens following accident where everyone ‘miraculously walked away’

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THERE was a road traffic accident in icy and snowy conditions on the A4076 Dredgemans Hill on Sunday afternoon.

Emergency services were called to the scene at around 1.30pm to an accident involving a number of vehicles.

A number of readers sent photos in to the Herald.

The road re-opened at 3pm after a brief closure.

A witness said: “It was a miracle but we have all walked away from this.”

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