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Consultation on mental health in Letterston

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MEMBERS of the public are invited to a drop in event this Thursday (July 6) between 2pm – 7pm at Letterston Memorial Hall to find out more about Hywel Dda University Health Board’s Transforming Mental Health consultation.

Launched on June 22, the consultation will run for 12 weeks until the September 15 with the aim to help change adult mental health services for the better across Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire and Ceredigion.

‘The Journey to Recovery’ asks people for their opinions on proposals to change how the Health Board provide care and treatment to meet the mental health needs of people now as well as future generations.

A spokesperson for the Health Board said: “Having discussed and explored the issues that our current services encounter together with the people most affected we have worked together to co-design a model that encompasses:

“24 hour services – ensuring anyone who needs help can access a mental health centre for support at any time of the day or night.

“No waiting lists – so that people receive first contact with mental health services within 24 hours and for their subsequent care to be planned for in a consistent and supportive way

“Community focus – to stop admitting people to hospital when it isn’t the best option and provide support in the community when people need time away from home, extra support or protection.

“Recovery and resilience – services that don’t purely focus on treating or managing symptoms, but instead help people to live independent, fulfilling lives with the help and support they need.”

Libby Ryan-Davies, Director of Transformation, said: “The work we have done on Transforming Mental Health has helped us to think differently about how we design, plan and deliver services locally. We know we do not always help people with mental health difficulties at an early enough stage and services do not always feel joined up with people having to endure repeat assessments before they get the right care.

“We want service users to have better access to higher quality services in their communities, helping them stay well and out of hospital where possible.

“We want to do our best for everyone who needs adult mental health services across our counties and we know the best way to do this is to take into account the views from as many people as possible to help us develop plans that meet the needs of our services users, their carers, friends and families.”

Angie Darlington, Director of West Wales Action for Mental Health (WWAMH) said: “Over the last two years we have worked with a variety of service users, carers, organisations and interest groups, I would encourage everyone to get involved with this consultation, to make their views known.

“It is great to see such energy and determination to work together to improve mental health services across Wales. This consultation offers a fantastic opportunity to develop forward thinking recovery focused mental health services, that offer care, compassion and proactive support. By working together to shape this work we can all make a positive difference.”

To take part, residents are asked to read the  issues paper and answer an accompanying questionnaire. An easy read version is also available.

Documents can be accessed or requested by:

Emailing: hyweldda.engagement@wales.nhs.uk
Visiting the website: www.hywelddahb.wales.nhs.uk/mentalhealth
Writing to them at: FREEPOST HYWEL DDA HEALTH BOARD

Calling us on: 01554 899 056 (please leave a message for us)

You can also complete the questionnaire online at: www.hywelddahb.wales.nhs.uk/mentalhealth

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Appeal after woman sexually assaulted on cycle path near Haverfordwest

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POLICE officers in Haverfordwest are appealing for witnesses after a woman was sexually assaulted at approximately 4.30pm on Sunday (May 16).

The woman was walking along the cycle path between Haverfordwest and Tiers Cross when she was approached by a man who threatened and assaulted her, before walking away towards Haverfordwest town.

The male is described as a white male, between 5ft 4 and 5ft 11 tall , normal build with a welsh accent. He has short dark hair, a beard and a moustache, brown eyes, and wearing light blue jeans, navy/dark blue jersey with grey sleeves. Anyone who saw a man matching this description in the area between 3.30pm and 5pm in the afternoon.

A 35-year-old man has been arrested and is currently in police custody.

The cycle path is currently closed while the investigation continues.

Detective Superintendent Jayne Butler, who is leading the investigation, said “Incidents of this nature are extremely rare in the Dyfed-Powys area. The public may see an increased presence of police officers in the coming days as police investigate the incident. Anyone with concerns or information that could help our enquiries can speak to those officers or contact police. While a man was quickly arrested we would still like to speak to anyone who saw a man matching the above description in the area yesterday afternoon.”

Anyone with information which could help the investigation is asked to contact police. This can be done online at bit.ly/DPPContactOnline, by emailing 101@dyfed-powys.pnn.police.uk, or by calling 101. If you are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired, text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.

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Pembrokeshire County Council Cabinet endorses STEP Fusion application

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PEMBROKESHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL’S Cabinet have today endorsed proposals from Cllr Paul Miller (Cabinet Member for Economic Development) to further progress the nomination of a Pembrokeshire site to host a Spherical Tokamak for Energy Production (STEP) fusion power station in the county.

Working with the UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA), the proposed site is adjacent to the existing energy facilities on the South Shore of the Haven waterway.

If approved, the facility will initially host research with the ultimate aim of developing this technology which could offer a virtually limitless source of clean electricity by copying the processes that power the sun.

Cllr Paul Miller, Cabinet Member for Economic Development said: “I am pleased my Cabinet colleagues endorsed this important programme of work. The Haven Waterway has provided livelihoods, underpinned by fossil fuels, for thousands of Pembrokeshire families, mine included, for more than 50 years. It’s my job to help ensure the waterway continues to provide high skilled, engineering, science and technology jobs for the next generation of this county – and so linked to our focus on climate change (and in addition to our existing multi-million pound commitments to supporting wind, wave and tidal clean power generation) my team have been exploring whether we can also support the development of clean, green fusion technology.

“It’s very early days in the UK Atomic Energy Authority’s site selection process but we’ll provide regular updates as things progress.”

•       STEP is an ambitious programme to design and build a prototype fusion power plant;
•       It is a UKAEA programme, currently with £222m funding from the UK Government to produce a concept design by 2024: https://step.ukaea.uk/

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Re-opening of indoor hospitality and attractions at Milford Waterfront

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RESTAURANTS and indoor visitor attractions in Milford Waterfront are welcoming the return of indoor services from today.

The re-opening of indoor dining allows all restaurants at Milford Waterfront to seat customers indoors. As well as all restaurants on the Waterfront now being able to offer this service, the brand-new Foam Domes overlooking the Milford Haven Waterway are able to open, with bookings being taken from the 19th May.

Indoor visitor attractions are also allowed to re-open. This includes the Waterfront Gallery, which is open today and Phoenix Bowl & Pirate Pete’s Adventure Play which is making preparations to open from Wednesday 19th May. Also, Milford Museum, which has had a new rendered exterior finish, is preparing to open for the end of May.

Lucy Wonnacott, Marketing Manager for Milford Waterfront commented: “We are delighted to see the re-opening of indoor hospitality and visitor attractions here at Milford Waterfront. Each business has their own safety and social distancing measures in place and we kindly ask that you respect and adhere to these for your own safety, and that of others. We hope you enjoy your visit to Milford Waterfront and stay safe!”

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