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Vaughan Gething visits new social care schemes in Pembrokeshire

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Pictured is George, a regular visitor to Havenhurst day centre, trialling the new reminiscence interactive therapy activities (RITA) and singing along to Delilah by Tom Jones! He is pictured with (left to right) Sara Colwill, Day Services Change Coordinator; Cllr Tessa Hodgson; Tere John, Home Manager at Havenhurst; Vaughan Gething and Christopher Davies.

NEW health and social care projects in Pembrokeshire were under the spotlight yesterday (Wednesday) as Welsh Government Minister Vaughan Gething paid a visit to Havenhurst residential home in Milford Haven.

The Minister for Health and Social Services was given a tour of several innovative schemes on the site delivered largely through the Welsh Government’s Integrated Care Fund (ICF), which aims to provide integrated and preventative services through regional partnership boards.

Among the projects is a new bungalow development equipped with cutting-edge technology, which will enable individuals to be supported within the community as an alternative to hospital admission.

The Minister also heard about the work of the 3 rd sector prevention’s programme in the county; encouraging volunteering, increasing citizen participation, signposting to information and assistance to prevent social isolation and promote independence.

Vaughan Gething AM sharing a joke with George, a visitor to Havenhurst day
centre.

The programme includes close working between Pembrokeshire Association of Voluntary Service (PAVS) and Swansea University to embed the ‘Most Significant Change’ technique to evaluate the impact and benefit these projects have from the perspective of the person
receiving them.

Christopher Davies, Intermediate Care Project Manager for Pembrokeshire County Council and Hywel Dda, explained to the Minister how the bungalows fit in with Pembrokeshire County’s model of care which aims to provide seamless delivery of care across all partners and support for people at all stages of their life journey.

It forms an integral part of the Intermediate Care Strategy which has been developed collaboratively between the Local Authority, the Health Board and third sector partners.

Christopher Davies explaining more about the bungalow’s pioneering
technology and how the strengthening of integrated working between
services can enable people to be supported and recover in the
community.

“Our technology-enabled care project allows us to provide personalised and proactive support,” he said. “All of the schemes and projects shown today play a vital role in helping people live independently in their own homes for longer.”

The ICF-funded projects are set to be complemented by a new £12m Transformation Fund recently announced by the Welsh Government.

Christopher added that said the fund was a ‘once in a generation opportunity to accelerate the pace of change and integration of care in West Wales’.

“The funding enables us to build on changes implemented over the past few years and will be pivotal in allowing the regional partnership to develop the model in Pembrokeshire and across the entire region,” he said.

Cllr Tessa Hodgson, Cabinet Member for Social Services, said she was delighted to welcome Mr Gething to Pembrokeshire.

“There are so many innovative and exciting projects coming forward in Pembrokeshire and it was great to be able to showcase one of them to the Minster yesterday. The transformation fund gives us and our partners fantastic opportunities to implement new ideas and innovations.”

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Meet the Pembrokeshire Mower Doctor

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A NEW Pembrokeshire business is proving to be an inspiration for young people after its recent launch.

The Pembrokeshire Mower Doctor is the brainchild of Ewan Griffiths, who turned his dream into reality thanks to the advice and support of Cam Nesa.

The project aims to reduce the number of young people aged 16-24 who are not in education, training or employment.

Before signing up to Cam Nesa, Ewan was out of work and struggling for direction, and anxiety was preventing him from maximising his potential.

Throughout his journey with Cam Nesa, Ewan worked closely with youth worker Donna Wright to devise a plan that provided support and guidance to improve his confidence and self-esteem, and provide mechanisms for coping with anxiety.

In addition, the project provided Ewan with opportunities to gain qualifications and obtain information that would help him with starting his own business.

Ewan’s message to other young people is simple, “If you find yourself struggling, there is help.”

“Cam Nesa supported me in all aspects of my plan, and working with Donna was fantastic.”

“I would definitely encourage others to reach out for support.”

Donna Wright, who supported Ewan throughout his Cam Nesa journey, said that the launch of his new business is a great source of pride for Cam Nesa and Pembrokeshire Youth Service.

“Ewan has come on leaps and bounds, and it was his engagement and determination that has made his outcome with Cam Nesa so successful and inspiring”, she said.

“Congratulations Ewan on your achievements, and we all wish you good luck with your new business.”

The Pembrokeshire Mower Doctor provides repairs and servicing for mowers, strimmers, hedge cutters, and most agricultural engines, with the mobile service providing collection and returns.

For more information, search ‘Pembrokeshire Mower Doctor’ on Facebook.

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Milford Haven: Mount estate death not being treated as suspicious say police

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POLICE have confirmed that following a welfare visit to a property in Mount Estate, they discovered a male occupant, in his 30’s, in need of medical help.

Despite the best efforts of medical staff he sadly passed away on Sunday.

A spokesperson for the police confirmed to The Pembrokeshire Herald: “Dyfed-Powys Police attended a property at the Mount Estate, Milford Haven on Friday 30th April 2021, following a report of concern for the welfare of the occupier.

“A male was taken to hospital where he died on Sunday 2nd May 2021.

“The death is not being treated as suspicious.”

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Polling station changes in Pembrokeshire

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POLLING STATIONS in Pembrokeshire are open today (May 6) but a small number may have changed from the last time you voted.

In Neyland, the polling station will be at the new Community Hub building on John Street.

St Katherine’s Church Hall will be the new host for the station in Milford Haven, having previously been held at the Murray Suite in the town hall.

A polling station will be placed at the leisure centre in Haverfordwest while one at Trecwn has been moved to the Gate, Scleddau.

Voters in the county will be electing for the Preseli Pembrokeshire and the Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire constituencies.

People will also be able to select five MSs to represent the Mid and West Wales Region.

The candidate with the most votes will win the constituency but the ballot for the region will be decided by a different process.

People will be elected according to their share of the vote, using a mathematical process, and gives parties who may have won fewer or no constituencies a better chance of winning regional ones.

It will also be a big day for 16 and 17 year olds as they will be able to vote in Welsh elections for the first time.

The ballots will be counted on Friday (May 7) with results expected to come in from the afternoon.

Polling stations opened at 7am and will close at 10pm.

All those who vote will be required to stick to Covid-19 safety measures including wearing a mask and maintaining social distancing.

Clean pencils will be available but voters can bring their own pen or pencil.

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