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Social care workforce praised



Cllr Tessa Hodgson, Pembrokeshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for
Social Services, has expressed her gratitude to all members of the social
care workforce in Pembrokeshire, both in the private and public sector.
“Carers have always been on the front line and their work is of the utmost
importance,” she said.

“I’m glad to see their status as key workers has been recognised during this
crisis and I thank them all for their continued support and dedication to the
most vulnerable in our communities.”

The Council’s Home Support Manager Amy Simes said staff had been
doing a fantastic job.

“They’re doing back-to-back visits with a positive smile on their face,
helping people to get up and about and providing emotional support as
well,” she said.

“What they do and the amount of people they support is amazing.”

She said carers often play down their role. “A lot of them say it’s my job –
but it’s not just that. It’s about having empathy and the right approach to
work with someone emotionally and physically.

And she added that the crisis has meant some changes for both carers and

“We’re working hard to protect and reassure not only our customers but
also our staff.

“All carers use personal protective equipment for every visit, and we have
procedures in place so that we can continue to provide a service no matter
what happens.”

But, she said, the essential aspects of the job – to be a friendly and
reassuring source of support for people – has not changed.

“For some people, their carer is the only familiar face they see all day.
We’re really aware of how much it means to them and how important it is
that we continue to provide this service.”

One carer who says she finds the role ‘extremely rewarding’ is Samantha
Williams from Milford Haven.

Samantha, 44, started working in domiciliary care last year after 22 years at
Tesco’s in Haverfordwest.

“The first day I was terrified!” she said. “I was worried about messing up t or
doing something wrong.

“But as time went on I loved it. It’s just lovely being out and about, meeting
people all the time. Quite often the people we go and see are a bit down in
the dumps and if you can have a laugh and make people smile by the time
you leave, raise their spirits a bit, then it’s great.

“Sitting and talking is a big part of it too. Some people don’t get to see
anyone else. They might see their family and have a chat through the
window, but they can’t come into their home like they used to. They just
want to have a chat.”

The coronavirus pandemic has also seen a number of Council staff
redeployed from other jobs to help, including 20-year-old Nia Matthews of

University student Nia has worked as a part-time lifeguard at Pembroke
Leisure Centre for the last three years in between her studies in
Chiropractics at the University of South Wales.

But when she had an email offering an opportunity to be redeployed, she
jumped at the chance.

“I’m always willing to cover shifts and help out so I was more than happy to
give it a go!” said the former Ysgol y Preseli and Golden Grove pupil.
Following manual handling and safe administering of medication courses
and several e-learning modules organised by the Council’s learning and
development team, Nia started working shadowing care staff at a nursing
home in Tenby.

Now in her fourth week, she says it’s been a ‘really positive experience’.
“Everyone has been so nice. I’ve been really lucky. It has given me such a
massive appreciation of the work of carers and what they do; I had no idea.
I’ve loved talking to them and the residents. They’re all so lovely, and they
have so many amazing stories!

“It’s great spending time with people, helping them to get out of bed in the
morning and encouraging their independence, helping them with their
personal hygiene, keeping everything tidy and keeping their spirits up.
“You do hear people saying that you’re either the sort of person who enjoys
care or you’re not; but I’m honestly so keen – I didn’t expect to be! It’s great
seeing people look happy.”

Nia said she’s also finding time to keep up with her university work.
“It’s more than manageable, and actually what I’m doing is really useful for
my studies as well. I happen to live in a house with perfectly healthy people
and so I’m not exposed to people’s different complications and troubles, so
it’s really opened my eyes.

“I’m so grateful for the experience. I come in helping them but they’re also
helping me!”


Death on Freemens Way



A 56-YEAR-OLD man has died following an incident on Freemens Way, Haverfordwest, on Wednesday night (Jul 15).

A Dyfed-Powys Police spokesperson told The Pembrokeshire Herald: “A 56-year-old man has died following an incident at Freemens Way, Haverfordwest, last night.

“He was taken to hospital with severe injuries, but sadly passed away.

“His family has been informed and is being supported by local officers.

“An investigation is ongoing but the circumstances are not believed to be suspicious.

“HM coroner has been informed.”

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Two arrested for shouting racist comments at BLM protest



TWO teenagers have been arrested on suspicion of shouting racist comments at Black Lives Matter protestors, at the latest event in Haverfordwest on Wednesday night (Jul 15).
Commenting on the incident, Superintendent of Pembrokeshire division, Ross Evans said: “On Wednesday evening (July 15) a peaceful protest took place on Picton Fields, Haverfordwest, as part of the Black Lives Matter movement.

“The demonstration, which was attended by around 70 people, was overseen by local officers as part of appropriate plans in place to allow for peaceful protest.

“Sadly, officers present observed a man and a boy shouting a number of racist comments towards those attending the demonstration, and promptly arrested both, one aged 19 and the other 14, on suspicion of racially aggravated public order offences.

“The comments understandably caused a great deal of upset and distress to those from the demonstration who heard them.

“The two men arrested have been taken to Haverfordwest custody, where they remain currently. Anyone who witnessed the incident and has any information is asked to contact police by emailing us at:, or call 101. If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311908.”

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Local bus firms in protest drive over uncertainty



HONK for hope is being backed by the coach operators surrounding the South West Wales area.

They took to the roads around Haverfordwest, Carmarthen, and Cardigan in peaceful protest to support the call for help by coach operators during the corona virus pandemic.

Honk for hope is a national campaign to draw the public’s attention to the impact the Covid-19 pandemic has had on the industry. It seeks to draw Governments attention to the dangerous position the coach and travel industry has fallen under, asking for them to take action.

Local coach companies, including Midway Motors, took to the roads to show their support to the campaign and to highlight the impact the pandemic has had on the industry and to ask for more support from the Government.

The coaches and supporters met at the Carmarthen Park and Ride on July 14 at 11am to begin the drive. On the trip they visited Carmarthen at around 11.15am then headed to Haverfordwest for noon, finally reaching cardigan at 1.30pm.

Midway Motors spoke on their social media page: ‘Amazing to see so many local companies turning up to travel around Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire and Ceredigion. Nice to see so many people along the roadsides as well. Let’s hope for some good news from the Government in Westminster tomorrow.”

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