Notices

New funding for Carmarthenshire Therapy Dogs (Posted 23rd July 2018)

Fantastic news for Carmarthenshire Therapy Dogs. The charity has been successful in a Awards for All bid and there is now some additional funds to expand the project.

An invitation is extended to anyone who would like to support this scheme, volunteer or just come and find out what is happening to a meeting of the Carmarthenshire Therapy Dogs on Tuesday July 24th at 6.00pm in the Llandybie Public Memorial Hall, Woodfield Road, Llandybie, , Carmarthenshire,SA18 3UR. Refreshments will be provided – the meeting is to discuss the future of Carmarthenshire Therapy Dogs and the recent funding.

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Walking Well Carmarthenshire Project Development Opportunity (posted 13 June 2018)

Carmarthenshire 50+ are advertising for a Development Officer for their Walking Well project. Details click here.

The Project

Walking Well Carmarthenshire (WWC) is a project of the 50+ Forum. A small co-ordination team deals with day-to-day issues but this is insufficient to develop the project, hence the contract now on offer. The development work described is a pilot project funded by Public Heath Wales Primary Care Carmarthenshire (PHWPCC).

WWC aims to encourage as many people as possible in the County of Carmarthenshire to enjoy the benefits of walking in groups of like-minded people. It is well-known that there are significant physical, mental and social health benefits to be gained from such activity.

There are currently six groups in place around the county each run by volunteers – in St Clears, Carmarthen, Kidwelly, Llandeilo and two in Llanelli, one of which is a Wildlife Group that tends to travel across the County as well as holding walks in Llanelli itself. It is hoped that further groups will start soon, notably one based on a Family Centre in Llanelli – a development which is relevant to the project to be undertaken under this contract.
By March 2018, the six groups had recruited some 545 members and, during the year to that date, a total of 226 walks had been completed.

The new pilot project is now tasked with spreading this success by establishing family-friendly groups across the whole of the County, both in conjunction with existing Groups and in new places.

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Heléna Herklots – new Older People’s Commissioner for Wales (posted 5 June 2018)

Deputy Older People’s Commissioner for Wales, Kelly Davies, said:

“We welcome the announcement that Heléna Herklots will be the next Older People’s Commissioner for Wales.

“Having spent her career working tirelessly to improve the lives of older people and carers across the UK, Heléna brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience, along with a fresh perspective on how the issues that affect the lives of older people in Wales can and should be addressed.

“We look forward to working with Heléna to continue to drive change for older people across Wales to ensure that they can live healthy, happy and independent lives and access the services and support they need as they grow older.

“I would also like to thank Sarah for everything she has done on behalf of older people as Commissioner during the past six years to change policy and practice, hold public bodies to account and ensure that the huge contribution that older people make to our lives in so many ways is recognised.

“Sarah’s hard work has made a real and meaningful difference to the lives of older people across Wales and we wish her all the very best for the future.”

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Message from the Older People’s Commissioner (posted 31 May 2018)

Dear Chair

As you may be aware my term of office as your Commissioner formally comes to an end on 1 June. It has been both a privilege and a pleasure to have represented you and other older people across Wales.

Thank you for everything you have shared with me, thank you for everything you have taught me and for all the support you have provided to my work. We have together achieved much, and I am positive that the new Commissioner will continue the work and be a strong champion for you.

Thank you for all the friendship you have given me, and I wish you all the very best for the future.

Kindest regards

Sarah Rochira Older People’s Commissioner for Wales

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50+ Annual Event at National Botanical Garden of Wales (posted 11th April 2018)

Note the date!

We will be hosting the annual 50+ event at the National Botanical Garden of Wales on Friday 14th of September, 2018.

Make sure that you sign up to the 50+ forum to join us on the day. There will be more details to follow soon. Please email 50+forum@carmarthenshire.gov.uk with any enquires.

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Consultation on County Licensing Policy (Posted 11-04-2018)

Carmarthenshire County Council is currently undertaking a review of its Licensing Policy which outlines the Authority’s approach to licensing Premises, Clubs, Temporary Events and Personal Licences.

This is an opportunity for local residents, businesses, existing licence holders and their representatives to formally comment on the proposal and provide feedback to the Authority.

To assist respondents , we have created an online survey on the council’s website: http://www.carmarthenshire.gov.wales/home/council-democracy/consultation-performance/current-consultations/licensing-policy-review-lammas-street-carmarthen/ The authority welcomes peoples’ views on not only the questions posed in the consultation, but also on any other issues arising out of the current statement of licensing policy and the implementation of the Licensing Act in Carmarthenshire.

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Skills for Life and Well Being (posted 11 April 2018)

The Adlerian Society of Wales is offering a rolling programme of 4 or 8 week courses to improve your wellbeing, boost your confidence, self awareness and gain skills for life.

The courses are free of charge and the theme is IMPROVING RELATIONSHIPS @ HOME AND WORK

They are being run at two different centres

a) Haverfordwest Community Learning Centre off Dew Street, Haverfordwest, SA61 1ST  on Fridays from 10-12pm. Sessions run from 4 May – 29 June 2018

b) Newcastle Emlyn Catholic Church Hall on Mondays from 6-8pm. Sessions run from 23 April 2018 – 25 June 2018

See the posters for details – Haverfordwest and Newcastle Emlyn

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Rural Volunteering Project Launches (Posted 8th March 2018)

A NEW project has been launched to recruit volunteers and create more volunteering opportunities in rural Carmarthenshire. The Rural Volunteering Programme, which is being led by the Carmarthenshire Association of Voluntary Services (CAVS) aims to tackle a range of issues around volunteering in rural areas, including broadening the scope of opportunities, providing training for volunteers and promoting the health and wellbeing, social and community values of volunteering. The project will also reach out to more rural communities through its mobile volunteering unit.

New Rural Volunteering Project

New Rural Volunteering Project

Carmarthenshire County Council’s executive board member for communities and rural affairs, Cllr Cefin Campbell, said: “The benefits of volunteering are numerous. It can broaden horizons and skill sets for those volunteering and improving employability. Volunteers can also be a great asset to organisations and companies who recruit them. “This is a fantastic project to help our rural areas and we are delighted to be supporting it.”

The Rural Volunteering mobile unit has been exploring the Tywi area throughout February and will be visiting as many areas as possible: other areas to be visited throughout the year include Whitland and St Clears, Llanybydder, Newcastle Emlyn, Llandeilo and Llandovery, the Gwendraeth and Glanamman. A timetable for the project’s visits will be available at www.cavs.org.uk.

The project has received funding through the Welsh Government Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014-2020 (RDP), which is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Government. Rural volunteering officer Jamie Horton said: “We aim to reach as many rural communities as possible, no matter how remote, with the goal of encouraging volunteering and promoting volunteering opportunities across the area. “We are open to suggestions as to where we can visit – if individuals or groups would like us to visit their community, just let us know.” You can get in touch by email at admin@cavs.org.uk or by phone – 01267 245555

You are also invited to complete an online questionnaire to help build a better picture of volunteering in the county. Visit www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/ruralvolunteering

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Goldies Cymru Sing-a-long Sessions (Posted 3rd March)

GOLDIES CYMRU are organising a fundraising event on the 3rd March at the Ffwrnes Theatre, Llanelli. We are having a Good Ole Fashioned Jumble Sale and a sing-a-long. This fundraiser has been organised for the the Mid & West Wales Goldies Sessions, so we are hoping that people will be coming from “far & wide” to find out about Goldies sessions and to have  rummage through our jumble items, have a sing song and a cup of tea with homemade cakes.

In Carmarthenshire, there are regular sessions  each month at Cartref Cynnes (Johnstown, Carmarthen) and Ty Dyffryn in Ammanford. Further information on the Goldies Cymru website All money raised will be going towards the on-going costs of running Goldies sessions across Wales. Also this will be a launch date for the LLANELLI sessions which will be running in the theatre as part of their day programming on a monthly basis.

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Welsh Government Consultation (Public Toilets) Statutory Guidance for Local Authorities

The Welsh Government is consulting on draft guidance for local authorities on how to:

  • assess the need for toilet provision for their communities
  • plan to meet those needs
  • produce a local toilets strategy.
Individuals and organisations are asked to  submit their comments by 4 April 2018. Further details on the Welsh Government website
In the Ministerial Foreword to the consultation document Vaughan Gethin sets out the vision and purpose.
Access to toilets for public use is an issue that affects the health, dignity and quality of people’s lives. There are public health and environmental costs to the wider community of not providing adequate toilet facilities. Accessible, clean toilets that are well located in places like parks, promenades, cycle trails and walking routes help encourage people who may need regular toilet access to take exercise and stay more physically active. They can also help encourage people out of their cars and back on to more sustainable forms of travel.

To read More


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Rethinking Respite Care (St Clears session)

The Older People’s Commissioner for Wales is running a series of discussion sessions across Wales to hear from people living with dementia and those who care for them about what they want from respite / short break support:

Who are the events for? People Living with Dementia People caring for someone living with dementia

Aims To hear people’s experiences of respite / short break provision To identify good practice and what it is that can promote more positive experiences for people living with dementia and for carers. Click here to book your place online

The events are supported by My Home Life Cymru and Swansea University. The results of this work will form a report and a call to action, which will be published in Spring 2018.

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Latest Survey Results (January 2018)

To see a copy of the most recent survey ie  50+ survey 17 (September 2017) click here. The full results have now been analysed and can now be seen here. However if you would just like to see the Headline Results of the survey please click here.

Check out the Useful Documents archive for a full list of previous surveys and reports

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Dementia Friends Awareness session 0n 13th February 2018 (2pm – 3pm)

A special free training / awareness event on being a Dementia Friend is being organised for members of the Carmarthenshire 50+ Forum on 13 February at Cartref Cynnes, Johnstown, Carmarthen, SA31 3NQ. The event will last for an hour and will be delivered by Susan Smith, a Dementia Friends trainer. Places are limited – however further sessions may be offered at a later date if there is a demand. If you would like to attend please check out the poster for further details and contact Susan or click on the Eventbrite link to book on-line

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Rural Affairs Consultation / Survey

Carmarthenshire County Council has established a cross-party Task Group to consider the issues effecting rural communities in Carmarthenshire and to identify actions the Council, in partnership with other public bodies and organisations, can take in addressing those issues to ensure and support rural regeneration in future years. We would like to seek your views on the matters you feel are important to secure the future prosperity of our rural communities.The closing date for the survey is 30 March 2018. Click on the link below.

http://ilocal.carmarthenshire.gov.uk/consultations/rural-affairs-survey/

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17 January 2018 (Dewis Cymru – information sessions)

The DEWIS system is moving on a pace and there are now more community groups, services and activities on the system but we need more information to make it a useful directory for service users, carers and health professionals alike. DEWIS can be found at https://www.dewis.wales/ .

If you can’t find what you want on the system then please contact Susan Smith or Jessica O Donnell To build up the system organisers are looking for old age groups, knitting groups, art and craft groups, church groups, alternative therapy groups, mobile hairdressers, scout groups, brownies, guides, football groups, toddler groups, walking groups, slimming groups that offer a social get-together etc. The list is endless. Anything that supports and helps someone’s health and well-being can be put on DEWIS for free, whether private, statutory or third sector information.

There will be a number of community sign-up events across Carmarthenshire in the next few months.  The next two will take place at Ty Gwyn church in Llanelli on 23rd January and at the Library in Carmarthen on 30th January. Both events 10am – 2pm. For further information or putting information onto the Dewis system please contact susansmith@cccpartners.org.uk ,

The directory is going to be a tool for all health and social care professionals. Help make Carmarthenshire the best place for community information.

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03 January 2018 (Dewis Cymru – have choice and take control)

Do you run or attend a group, activity or service that supports people of all ages in Carmarthenshire? Have you heard about the new Health and Wellbeing Directory in Wales called DEWIS Cymru. Further information in the leaflet or via the website

If you would like to know more or have support to add your service, group or activity please contact Sue Smith, Community Resilience Coordinator, 01269 830061, susansmith@cccpartners.org.uk Or Jess O’ Donnell,  SPICE project coordinator, 07397890429, jessicaodonnell@justaddspice.org

‘We are happy to meet with you or your group and tell you all about DEWIS Cymru’.

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03 January 2018 (Carmarthenshire Public Services Board)

Breaking News!

Last opportunity to have your say re the draft Well-being Plan The Public Service Board has published the Draft Carmarthenshire Well-being Plan on its website and the 12-week consultation period comes to an end on 3 January 2018 (12 noon). Here’s the link to the web-pages which include the consultation details and the on-line survey form.

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