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AM supports campaign to recruit Care Ambassadors

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Care AmbassadorsREBECCA EVANS AM, has helped to recognise the efforts of over 100 volunteer care ambassadors across Wales at a special event held in the Assembly this week

 The campaign to recruit more Care Ambassadors in Wales was given fresh impetus at the event to recognise the efforts of volunteers who play a key role in attracting more people to work in care. The Care Ambassador project was developed to raise the profile of the sector and offer prospective employees an insight into the world of care. There are now more than 100 Care Ambassadors across Wales. Care Ambassadors are also being recruited from early years and childcare practitioners. Recognising the invaluable assistance offered by the Care Ambassadors, Mrs Evans said: “I am more than happy to help recognise the efforts of Care Ambassadors and their employers in raising the profile of the work that they love. The passion and commitment of Care Ambassadors shines through in the work they do to challenge misconceptions about working in the care sector and in seeking to encourage people with the right skills and aptitudes to consider a career in caring.” The Ambassadors are people already working in care, who are passionate about sharing their experiences with others and changing their perceptions about care as a career. With the support of their employers, they go to schools, colleges and job centres to talk about what it is like to work in care. Todate, they have spoken to more than 10,000 people across the country. Led in Wales by the Care Council, and funded by the UK government, the Care Ambassador project has been developed by Social Care in Partnership (SCiP) regional co-ordinators, working closely with Careers Wales and schools and colleges. Care Council Chair, Arwel Ellis Owen, said: “Care Ambassadors play an essential role in attracting good-quality recruits into the care sector. At a time when the number of people needing care is predicted to rise significantly, it is important we have enthusiastic ambassadors who are passionate about the work they do and about sharing the reality of that rewarding experience with as many people as they can around Wales. “While the Care Ambassador project can play a key role in developing a sustainable workforce for the future, it requires a number of parties working in partnership towards a common goal. Particularly important are the employers of the ambassadors. Without their foresight and goodwill, we would not have as many ambassadors in Wales reaching thousands of potential recruits through their presentations and talks. “That is why our main priority going forward is to recruit more employers across Wales, from different parts of care, such as social work and early years, who are prepared to be part of this already successful project, and to supply ambassadors from their workforce,” he added. The Deputy Minister said: “The social care sector is one of the major employers in Wales. There are 70,000 staff delivering care and support for people across Wales every day. This is a varied and dynamic sector incorporating services in the public and independent sectors. Its size and significance is growing and the importance of the social care workforce for the population of Wales cannot be overstated. “I’m delighted to be able to highlight the particular contribution that Care Ambassadors make to promoting social care as a compelling field of work. “There are two principle reasons why care ambassadors are so valuable to what we are working towards in achieving sustainable social services. Firstly, they can help recruit the greater numbers of workers needed by the sector to meet future demand. The second reason that care ambassadors are so valuable is that they boost the public image of social care. I want to boost the esteem in which social care is held in the public eye. This will not only offer fairer recognition for the good work done by social workers and social care workers, but it will also help us to recruit and retain the brightest and the best to the sector.” John Wynne Hughes, Care Ambassador and Service Development Coordinator with Mental Health Care (UK) Ltd, said: “After reading about the aims of the programme, I was very interested and wanted to be a part of it. So far I‘ve spoken at careers events and schools, to hundreds of people, providing information and guidance on health and social care settings, the benefits of working within health and social care, the skills required and how to go about obtaining those skills. I’ve also talked about my own career path and the opportunities that are available. “We must endeavour to attract the best possible group of individuals to work within health and social care to drive standards, nurture innovation and gain experience,” added John.

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Launch of Haverfordwest Castle Conservation Management Plan

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MEMBERS of the public are being asked to help shape the future of Haverfordwest Castle as a draft Conservation Management Plan (CMP) is launched.

One of Pembrokeshire’s most important historical assets, the Castle is owned by Pembrokeshire County Council, which has produced the CMP.

The plan:

▪ sets out the significance of the castle and describes how the building will be protected with any new use, alteration, repair or management; 

▪ will help with the planning of maintenance, conservation and repair work and adaptation of the site to meet new or changing uses; 

▪ will help promote understanding of the site and look at improving public access and activities for local people and visitors; 

▪ will support proposals to conserve the castle and adaptations of the site in response to climate change; 

▪ and underpin funding applications to support improvements

An engagement exercise has been launched alongside the Plan, giving members of the public with an interest in the historic and/or environmental significance of the castle an opportunity to comment on the document and share their views.

To take part in the engagement exercise, please click on the following link: 

https://haveyoursay.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/regeneration-communities

The deadline for responses is Sunday, March 28, 2021.

 

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Natural Resources Wales approves Ireland-UK interconnector licence

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GREENLINK INTERCONNECTOR LIMITED says it welcomes the decision by Natural Resources Wales (NRW) to approve its application for a Marine Licence for the Greenlink electricity interconnector project, which will link the power markets of Great Britain and Ireland.

An important project for Pembrokeshire, and the UK as a whole, NRW’s go-ahead is one of several consents required for the construction of the project and covers installation of the marine cable in UK waters.

The approval is a major milestone for Greenlink and joins the onshore planning consents granted unanimously in July last year by Pembrokeshire County Council and Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority.

Greenlink’s proposed 190km subsea and underground electricity cable will run beneath the Irish Sea to connect National Grid’s Pembroke Power Station in Wales and EirGrid’s Great Island substation in County Wexford, Ireland. It will have a nominal capacity of 500 MW.

The Wales-Ireland link is just one of four interconnectors being installed

Nigel Beresford, CEO for Greenlink Interconnector Limited, said: “We are delighted by Natural Resources Wales’s decision to grant this licence. This marks a significant milestone for Greenlink and another important step towards project construction, which we expect to commence later this year.

“The Greenlink team has worked constructively with Natural Resources Wales and Welsh marine stakeholders to find workable solutions to the many technical and environmental challenges facing a large infrastructure project like this, and this has been reflected in the quality of the final proposal.

“The thorough environmental and technical assessments we have undertaken, supported by the practical and value-adding feedback we have received from key marine stakeholders, have ensured that we move forward confident that we are delivering a well-designed project with the interests of the Welsh marine habitat at its core.”

The subsea section of the cable will be approximately 160km in length and uses high voltage direct current (HVDC) technology. The preferred route and installation methods were chosen following the conclusion of subsea surveys and consultation with key stakeholders.

In Ireland, a Foreshore Licence application was submitted to the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government (Foreshore Unit) in 2019 and the onshore planning application was submitted to An Bord Pleanála in December 2020.

Greenlink is one of Europe’s most important energy infrastructure projects and brings benefits on both sides of the Irish Sea for energy security, regional investment, jobs and the cost-effective integration of low carbon energy. The project will offer important local supply chain opportunities and plans are being drawn up for ‘meet-the-buyer’ events in the local area prior to construction.

Once fully consented, Greenlink is expected to have a three-year construction programme, with commissioning planned by the end of 2023.

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Appeal from Fire and Rescue Service to install working smoke alarms

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AT 01:17am this morning, Tuesday, March 2, 2021, crews from Milford Haven were called to a property fire in the Hakin area of Milford Haven.

The fire was confined to a pan on a stove in the kitchen area and extinguished by firefighters using two breathing apparatus, a hose reel jet and a thermal imaging camera.

Crews also ventilated the property and fitted smoke alarms within the property.

The Fire Service left the incident at 02:00am.

Watch Manager Alun Griffiths, Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service, said “This fire was the result of cooking left unattended. It is so important to remove all pots and pans from a heat source when you are called away from the cooker.

“Thankfully, the occupiers of the property managed to exit the property before our firefighters arrived, but it could have ended very differently as there were no smoke alarms fitted in the property.
“I cannot stress enough the importance of installing working smoke alarms in your homes and testing them regularly. In the dreadful event of a fire, they can alert you to the danger sooner and could mean the difference between life and death.

“As a Fire and Rescue Service, we provide Home Fire Safety advice which is free of charge. We also offer Safe and Well Visits which you can arrange by phoning us on 0800 169 1234 or by visiting the Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service website.”

For further Home Fire Safety advice or to talk about the possibility of a Safe and Well Visit by Fire and Rescue Service personnel, please phone us on 0800 169 1234.​​​ Alternatively please complete an online Request a Safe and Well Visit​ form on the Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service website: https://www.mawwfire.gov.uk/eng/your-safety/in-your-home/

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