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Fostering agency calls for more carers

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Carers needed: Fostering in Pembrokeshire

Carers needed: Fostering in Pembrokeshire

A LOCAL fostering agency has appealed to people in Pembrokeshire to become foster carers. Independent company, Pathway Care, has asked people to make a ‘positive change’ for 2015 by coming forward to take on the child care role. Pathway Care has launched the ‘Foster15’ campaign, this month, to highlight the shortfall in foster carers. Gareth Walton, operations director for Pathway Care, said: “The number of children in local authority care in Wales has increased by 23 percent over the last five years.

“Pembrokeshire has around 125 children in local authority care who desperately need a safe, nurturing and stable home. We need more foster carers to come forward. “Becoming a foster carer is one of the most rewarding steps you can take – these children are likely to have had a challenging start to their lives and you can be the person who makes the priceless difference to their life by offering them a home and care.

“January is a great time to consider a change and we want Foster15 to raise awareness of this need and urge more people to come forward to find out more about fostering.” Pathway Care is part of Acorn Care and Education, a leading children’s specialist care and education group and provides mainstream foster care and a number of specialist high level foster services, such as Parenting Assessment and Step Down Transitional Care to Local Authorities in England and Wales.

Currently, the company cares for over 470 children and young people. They state that they ‘provide 24 hour support, full training and a generous, almost entirely tax-free financial allowance to foster carers’. New statistics (source: BAAF) showed 5,756 children in Wales were looked after by local authorities from 2013 – 2014.

The statistics also show that 77 percent (4,407) of children looked after on 31st March 2014 were living with foster carers, and further showed that 30 of the children adopted from care in the year ending March 31st 2014 were adopted by their former foster carer, accounting for 9 percent of all adoptions of looked after children. If people are interested in fostering through Pathway Care, they can contact them by visiting their website, www.pathwaycare.com or call them on 0800 1701706.

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A40 closed at Scleddau due to collision between car and motorbike

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EMERGENCY SERVICES have shut the A40 at in Scleddau due to a serious road collision.

The accident happened just before 2pm. The Herald understands that the collision involved a motorcycle and car at a junction near The Gate Inn public house.

Police said: “Emergency services are currently on scene and dealing with the incident. Please find an alternative route if possible. Update to follow.”

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Moley’s Ambassador March to support those who have lost a child

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ON SATURDAY (Jun 19), Andrew Cole (aka Moley) will set off on a 24 hour walk around Pembrokeshire with the aim of doing as many miles in as little time as possible. 

Moley is proud to have recently been made ambassador of the charity ‘2 Wish UponAa Star’ an organisation dedicated to supporting families that have lost a child under 25 years of age.

He will be setting off at 6am in the morning from Neyland and walking all day and night, finishing at 6am the following morning.

2 wish upon a star was set up by Rhian Mannings, who set up the charity after losing her own son.

By celebrating the lives of those lost, and offering support to families through their grief; Rhian and her team offer an essential service to the community and those families who have suffered the devastation of losing a loved one.

Appealing for support from the people of Pembrokeshire he said: “Please give generously to support the wonderful work of Rhian and her team. Also, if you happen to see me in the day, feel free to give me a beep of encouragement’

“If you would like to donate to Moley, and support the charity, you can visit his JustGiving page.”

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/moleycole

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Lifeboats and chopper in major air sea rescue off the coast of Tenby

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TWO RNLI lifeboats from both Tenby and Angle stations have been launched to assist a coastguard helicopter which has been scrambled from MOD St Athen.

It is understood that a search for a missing person or persons is underway.

Paged this morning: Angle Lifeboat is currently involved in the search south of Tenby

The alarm was raised before 10am this morning (June 18).

Tenby’s Y-boat is also involved in the operation, The Herald understands.

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Rescue underway: Coastguard chopper position at 1030HRS on Friday, Jun 18 (Pic MarineTraffic)
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