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Rural programme celebrates success

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Rural cash: Participants celebrate five years of RDP funding

Rural cash: Participants celebrate five years of RDP funding

A CELEBRATION of the Rural Development Programme (RDP) in Pembrokeshire was held this week (Sept 29). The scheme, which aims to promote rural economic growth and improve the Welsh environment, is drawing to an end after five years. Some £4 million in funding has been awarded by the RDP for Wales, from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Government with many community organisations and businesses in Pembrokeshire set up with its help since 2009.

The funding has been secured and managed by the European Team at Pembrokeshire County Council. Monday’s celebration at the Picton Centre Haverfordwest highlighted some of the success stories from the second phase of the programme from 2011 to 2014. The programme focused on the development of both business support and the provision of basic services to rural communities. It brought together people who had benefited from the projects with those responsible for running them – from young entrepreneurs to community transport organisations and new business-owners. Among the projects attending which benefitted from RDP funding was Small Steps to Enterprise.

This project offers practical business support for entrepreneurs aged 14 – 25, with advice ranging from marketing to business planning and cash flows, plus a one-to-one mentoring service. Successes include an internationally successful ‘Body Socks’ company set up by Jack Lear of Manorbier, and the sought-after wedding and portrait photographer Angharad Thomas, a former student at Greenhill School. Wendy Harris, Youth Wendy Harris, Youth Enterprise Officer, said the organisation had helped many young people on their way to setting up their own business.

Another project benefitting from RDP was Spirit of Enterprise, a project run by the PBI. It has been designed to give a helping hand to artists and crafts people looking to start a new business, before having to commit themselves to buying or renting their own business premises. It has helped numerous craftspeople over the last three years, including designer Sophie Wordsworth of Swag And Tassel, who is now trading in Cardiff and London. More recently a co-operative has been formed by a group of present and past traders, which is hoping to take over 44 High Street once Spirit of Enterprise comes to an end in November.

Meanwhile on the community support side – PACTO (Pembrokeshire Association of Community Transport Organisations) has also benefitted from RDP funding. PACTO provides three Dial a Ride services, two minibuses as well as an electric car and six scooters – all aimed at helping the most vulnerable and isolated get out and about. RDP funding also helped set up a community facility in Tegryn – the Canolfan Clydau Centre. The centre, which is due an official opening later this year, offers Post Office facilities to the community as well as space for meetings, events and parties.

Other projects helped over the last three years include: • Pro Support Network (PBI) – the matching of professional organisations to provide identified support and training in the voluntary sector • Enterprise 360 Programme (PBI)- Providing Business Support and advice Connecting Communities (PCC) – delivering broadband access in rural areas • Sector Circuit Rider (PAVS). Providing ICT Support to third sector organisations. • Steps to Enterprise (Hanes Llandoch). North Pembrokeshire business support project.

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Consider the benefits of living in a community-led housing scheme

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NO one could have missed the Extinction Rebellion protests around the world in recent months, but a little-known low-impact eco-community in Pembrokeshire is also working hard to spread the sustainability message.

The Brithdir Mawr community grow their own food, generate their own electricity and provide low cost rented housing, as well as sharing ideas, resources and skills with people who want to learn more.

More than 100 people have lived there over the past quarter of a century and the current residents have an innovative way of living.

One such resident is Lea Trainer. He moved here a few months ago and feels the move has changed his family’s life for the better after he left his job as a project manager in London: “My wife Kirsty and children Brianna and Frankie have been here since June but the community has been around for more than 25 years. My wife brought the children here last year for an educational trip and they were texting me about birds and insect-spotting and I had a bit of an epiphany.

“Our life is incomparable to before. We now live a lower impact life and have reduced our footprint on the Earth. I’m learning all the time about nature, renewable energy. It’s fantastic to be part of a community contributing towards the development of a regenerative culture, farming using organic methods and preserving and increasing biodiversity.

Living at Brithdir Mawr has also brought personal benefits to Lea: “Now I can spend quality time with my children and my wife. I’ve already noticed a real difference in the children. They have really developed their personalities and freedom of expression. They know much more about nature and have really come out of their shells in the time that we’ve been here.”

“Each day is different here. We do all meet as a community at 11 for coffee and then again for dinner. Some people have part-time jobs, others will tend to the garden and our children are home-schooled. We have a community day each week where we do activities together, like apple-picking.”

Brithdir Mawr is being supported by the Wales Co-operative Centre, which has been supporting and championing the growth of co-operative and community-led housing since 2012. In April this year, it launched its Communities Creating Homes programme which aims to stimulate demand for community-led housing throughout Wales. The programme is funded by the Nationwide Foundation and Welsh Government.

With more than 30 schemes already in place across Wales, communities can be created for various purposes and shared visions. Where some schemes have been created to make housing more affordable for residents, others have been developed for people who want improved eco-friendly lifestyles.

Meanwhile, Brithdir Mawr community is planning for the future. It has been there for 25 years but wants to make sure it’ll be there for future generations and continue the message of sustainability by purchasing the lease for the 80-acre site. The residents have launched a crowdfunding campaign to try and raise funds to buy the land they live on and are hoping to raise £1million to purchase the site.

Go to www.crowdfunder.co.uk/save-brithdir-mawr for more information and how you can support Brithdir Mawr. Visit https://wales.coop/co-operative-community-led-housing/ for more information on community-led housing schemes and how they work.

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Do you need new food waste and glass recycling boxes?

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IF YOU’RE A PEMBROKESHIRE householder and need a replacement food waste caddy (large and/or small) or a new recycling box for glass, then there are numerous local pick-up points where you can collect them for free.

The collection points are listed at https://www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/waste-collections/replacement-bags-and-boxes

They are available at the following locations (opening times vary):

Leisure centres: Crymych, Fishguard, Haverfordwest, Milford Haven, Pembroke, Tenby and St Davids.

Libraries: Milford Haven, Neyland, Saundersfoot, Glan-yr-Afon in Haverfordwest, Tenby.

Customer service centres: North Wing (County Hall, Haverfordwest), Argyle Street (Pembroke Dock).

Other locations: Cilgerran Post Office, Costa Coffee at Milford Waterfront, Narberth (Bloomfield Community Centre), Newgale shop (MM Carter Gardens & Leisure), Newport Post Office, Pembroke Town Hall, Tenby Town Council, Thornton Business Park (Council depot), St Davids City Hall, and St Dogmaels Post Office.

The Council has collected food waste and glass for recycling from the kerbside for several years. These collections are now weekly and continue under the new scheme, which also collects the following:

• blue box (paper)
• blue re-usable bag (card and cardboard)
• red re-usable bags (plastic pots, tubs, bottles and trays, cartons, and metal packaging – cans, tins and foil trays.

Please note that more than half of the households in the county have new collection days. Check your personalised calendar (posted out in October) if you’re unsure of your collection day. You can also view www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/kerbside-collection/next-waste-and-recycling-collection

Please note that containers need to be presented at the kerbside by 6:30am, as collection times are also changing.

Grey refuse bags have replaced the traditional black refuse sacks. Three grey bags will be collected once every three weeks. Larger families (six and over) can register for extra (green) bags at www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/waste-changes

• The Council urges anyone with queries about the new service to view FAQs and other information at www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/waste-changes

If this doesn’t answer your query, please email enquiries@pembrokeshire.gov.uk

All email enquiries are being logged but acknowledgement emails are not being sent. However, queries are being dealt with. Please don’t send a follow-up email as it adds to the volume of messages received.

For further information, please contact Anna Wilson, Press and PR Officer, on 01437 775855. The Council’s press releases are also available on the Authority’s website: www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/newsroom

A OES ANGEN BLYCHAU AILGYLCHU GWASTRAFF BWYD A GWYDR NEWYDD ARNOCH CHI?

Os ydych yn byw yn Sir Benfro ac mae angen blwch gwastraff bwyd (mawr a/neu fach) neu flwch ailgylchu gwydr newydd arnoch, gallwch eu casglu nhw am ddim o nifer o fannau yn lleol.

Rhestrir y mannau casglu fan hyn: https://www.sir-benfro.gov.uk/casglu-gwastraf/casglu-gwastraff

Maen nhw ar gael yn y lleoliadau canlynol (amseroedd agor amrywiol):

Canolfannau hamdden: Crymych, Abergwaun, Hwlffordd, Aberdaugleddau, Penfro, Dinbych-y-pysgod a Thyddewi.

Llyfrgelloedd: Aberdaugleddau, Neyland, Saundersfoot, Glan-yr-Afon yn Hwlffordd a Dinbych-y-pysgod.

Canolfannau gwasanaethau cwsmeriaid: Adain y Gogledd (Neuadd y Sir, Hwlffordd), Stryd Argyle (Doc Penfro).

Lleoliadau eraill: Swyddfa Bost Cilgerran, Costa Coffee Glannau Aberdaugleddau, Arberth (Canolfan Gymunedol Tŷ Bloomfield), siop Newgale (MM Carter Gardens & Leisure), Swyddfa Bost Trefdraeth, Neuadd y Dref Penfro, Cyngor Tref Dinbych-y-pysgod, Parc Busnes Thornton (canolfan y Cyngor), Neuadd y Ddinas Tyddewi, a Swyddfa Bost Llandudoch.

Mae’r Cyngor wedi casglu gwastraff bwyd a gwydr i’w ailgylchu wrth ymyl y ffordd ers blynyddoedd. Bydd y casgliadau hyn yn parhau bob wythnos o dan y cynllun newydd. Mae’r Cyngor hefyd yn casglu’r canlynol:

• blwch glas (papur)
• bag glas amldro (cerdyn a chardfwrdd)
• bagiau coch amldro (potiau, tybiau, poteli a hambyrddau plastig, cartonau a deunyddiau pacio metel – caniau, tuniau a hambyrddau ffoil)

Sylwer, mae gan dros hanner aelwydydd y sir ddiwrnodau casglu newydd.

Gwiriwch eich calendr personol (a bostiwyd atoch ym mis Hydref) os nad ydych yn siŵr o’ch diwrnod casglu.

Yn ogystal, gallwch wirio’r dyddiad fan hyn:
https://www.sir-benfro.gov.uk/casglu-gwastraf/casglu-gwastraff

Mae bagiau gwastraff lliw llwyd wedi disodli’r sachau lliw du traddodiadol. Byddwn yn casglu tri bag lliw llwyd unwaith bod tair wythnos.

Gall teuluoedd sy’n cynnwys o leiaf chwe unigolyn gofrestru ar gyfer bagiau (gwyrdd) ychwanegol yn: https://www.sir-benfro.gov.uk/newidiadau-gwastraff

Mae’r Cyngor yn annog unrhyw un sydd ag ymholiadau am y gwasanaeth newydd i ddarllen y Cwestiynau Cyffredin a gwybodaeth arall ar https://www.sir-benfro.gov.uk/newidiadau-gwastraff

Os nad yw hynny’n ateb eich ymholiad, anfonwch neges e-bost at enquiries@pembrokeshire.gov.uk

Mae’r Cyngor yn cofnodi pob ymholiad e-bost, er nad ydym yn anfon negeseuon e-bost i gydnabod ein bod wedi eu derbyn. Fodd bynnag, rydym yn delio â phob ymholiad. Peidiwch ag anfon negeseuon e-bost dilynol oherwydd bydd hynny’n ychwanegu at nifer y negeseuon mae’r Cyngor yn eu derbyn.

Am ragor o wybodaeth, cysylltwch ag Anna Wilson, Swyddog y Wasg a Chysylltiadau Cyhoeddus, ar 01437 775855. Mae datganiadau i’r wasg y

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Range of topics for safeguarding week

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Hazardous co-sleeping with infants and adults who self-neglect are
among topics for discussion highlighted in National Safeguarding
Week in Mid and West Wales which runs from next Monday (4 th
November).

A wide-ranging programme is taking place throughout the week
across Pembrokeshire, Ceredigion, Carmarthenshire and Powys
including conferences, engagement events and workshops.

The programme has been co-ordinated by CWMPAS and CYSUR,
the Mid and West Wales Regional Safeguarding Board.

A highlight of the week is the Board’s annual conference at
Pembrokeshire College in Haverfordwest on Thursday, 14 th
November.

The keynote address is being delivered by Dr Eileen Munro, Emeritus
Professor of Social Policy at the London School of Economics.

Dr Munro is the author of the Munro Review of Child Protection – a
child-centred system which made a number of recommendations to
reform the child protection system from being over-bureaucratised to
one that keeps a focus on the child.

The conference will highlight key achievements across the region in
implementing the Signs of Safety approach to working with families.

Signs of Safety is a more inclusive, solution-focused approach which
encourages families to find their own solutions to the challenges they
may be experiencing.

During the week, the Safeguarding Board will also seek to raise
awareness of circumstances in which co-sleeping becomes unsafe,
as well as the dangers of self-neglect and hoarding.

Technology will also be a theme as the Board formally launches its
newly designed website and enhanced social media presence in
order to improve awareness of its work and functions.

The new All-Wales Protection Procedures is also due to launch while
Dyfed Powys Police will follow a comprehensive programme of
activities to engage schools and communities, focussing on a variety
of themes such as sexting, cyber-crime and exploitation.

Other events taking place in Pembrokeshire include the Junior
Safeguarding Conference during which secondary school pupils will
receive a safeguarding module devised by Pembrokeshire’s
Safeguardians. There will also be a County Lines workshop to be
facilitated by Fearless, a branch of Crimestoppers.

Carmarthenshire County Council will be facilitating consultation
with partner agencies to finalise the draft regional self-neglect policy.
Hywel Dda University Health Board will also hold a Learning Event
related to this theme as part of Safeguarding Week activities.

Events taking place across Powys include the formal launch of new
procedures relating to deprivation of liberty safeguards, as well as
training across Health Boards on a range of adult safeguarding issues
delivered jointly with Trading Standards and Police.

TESTUNAU AMRYWIOL AR GYFER YR WYTHNOS
DDIOGELU

Mae cyd-gysgu peryglus gyda babanod, ac oedolion sy’n hunan-
esgeuluso ymhlith testunau i’w trafod y tynnir sylw atynt yn yr
Wythnos Ddiogelu Genedlaethol yng Nghanolbarth a Gorllewin
Cymru sy’n rhedeg o ddydd Llun nesaf (4 Tachwedd).

Mae rhaglen eang yn cael ei chynnal trwy gydol yr wythnos ledled Sir
Benfro, Ceredigion, Sir Gaerfyrddin a Phowys yn cynnwys
cynadleddau, digwyddiadau ymgysylltu a gweithdai.

Cydgysylltwyd y rhaglen gan CWMPAS a CYSUR, Bwrdd Diogelu
Rhanbarthol Canolbarth a Gorllewin Cymru.

Un o uchafbwyntiau’r wythnos yw cynhadledd flynyddol y Bwrdd yng
Ngholeg Sir Benfro yn Hwlffordd ddydd Iau, 14 Tachwedd.

Cyflwynir y prif anerchiad gan Dr Eileen Munro, Athro Emeritws Polisi
Cymdeithasol yn Ysgol Economeg Llundain.

Dr Munro yw awdur Munro Review of Child Protection – a child-
centred system, a wnaeth nifer o argymhellion i ddiwygio’r system
amddiffyn plant o fod yn system or-fiwrocrataidd i un sy’n cynnal
ffocws ar y plentyn.

Bydd y gynhadledd yn tynnu sylw at y prif gyflawniadau ar draws y
rhanbarth o ran gweithredu’r ymagwedd Arwyddion Diogelwch wrth
weithio gyda theuluoedd.

Mae Arwyddion Diogelwch yn ymagwedd fwy cynhwysol, yn
canolbwyntio ar atebion, sy’n annog teuluoedd i ddod o hyd i’w
hatebion eu hunain i’r heriau y gallant fod yn eu hwynebu.

Yn ystod yr wythnos, bydd y Bwrdd Diogelu yn mynd ati hefyd i
gynyddu ymwybyddiaeth o amgylchiadau lle mae cyd-gysgu yn
anniogel, yn ogystal â pheryglon hunan-esgeuluso a chelcio.

Bydd technoleg yn thema hefyd wrth i’r Bwrdd lansio’i wefan yn ffurfiol
ar ei newydd gwedd, ynghyd â gwell presenoldeb yn y cyfryngau
cymdeithasol er mwyn gwella ymwybyddiaeth o’i waith a’i
swyddogaethau.

Bydd fersiwn newydd Gweithdrefnau Amddiffyn Cymru Gyfan yn cael
ei lansio hefyd, a bydd Heddlu Dyfed Powys yn dilyn rhaglen
gynhwysfawr o weithgareddau i ymgysylltu ag ysgolion a
chymunedau, gan ganolbwyntio ar amrywiaeth o themâu fel secstio,
seiberdroseddu a chamfanteisio.

Mae digwyddiadau eraill sy’n cael eu cynnal yn Sir Benfro yn
cynnwys y Gynhadledd Diogelu Plant Iau lle bydd disgyblion ysgolion
uwchradd yn derbyn modiwl diogelu a ddyfeisiwyd gan Warchodwyr
Sir Benfro. Hefyd, bydd gweithdy Llinellau Cyffuriau yn cael ei gynnal
gan Fearless, sef cangen o Crimestoppers.

Bydd Cyngor Sir Caerfyrddin yn hwyluso ymgynghoriad gydag
asiantaethau partner i roi’r wedd derfynol ar y polisi hunan-esgeuluso
rhanbarthol drafft. Hefyd, bydd Bwrdd Iechyd Prifysgol Hywel Dda yn
cynnal Digwyddiad Dysgu yn gysylltiedig â’r thema hon fel rhan o
weithgareddau’r Wythnos Ddiogelu.

Mae digwyddiadau sy’n cael eu cynnal ledled Powys yn cynnwys
lansio gweithdrefnau newydd yn ffurfiol yn ymwneud â threfniadau
diogelu wrth amddifadu o ryddid, yn ogystal â hyfforddiant ar draws
Byrddau Iechyd ar amrywiaeth o faterion diogelu oedolion a gyflwynir
ar y cyd â Safonau Masnach a’r Heddlu.

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