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Continuing the provision of free school meals

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Families entitled to free school meals in Carmarthenshire will be able to collect food packs from Thursday, March 26.

The council has teamed up with Cross-Hands based Castell Howell and other suppliers to the schools catering service to provide food for children registered for free school meals.

The packs will contain breakfasts and lunches for five days.

They can be collected from all 12 secondary schools across the county between 9am and 12noon Monday to Friday:

Ysgol Bro Dinefwr, Ffairfach
Ysgol Bro Myrddin, Carmarthen
Bryngwyn School, Llanelli
Coedcae School, Llanelli
Ysgol Dyffryn Aman, Ammanford
Ysgol Dyffryn Taf, Whitland
Ysgol Gyfun Emlyn, Newcastle Emlyn
Glan-y-Môr School, Burry Port
Ysgol Maes y Gwendraeth, Cefneithin
QE High School, Carmarthen
St John Lloyd School, Llanelli
Ysgol y Strade, Llanelli

As well as the following primary schools:

Ysgol Y Castell, Kidwelly
Ysgol Rhys Pritchard, Llandovery
Ysgol Carreg Hirfaen

Free sanitary products will also be available at all of the collection points as part of the #PeriodPovertySirGâr project.

Executive Board Member for Education and Children’s Services Cllr Glynog Davies said: “It is vitally important that we continue to provide free school meals during this extremely difficult time.

“No child who would ordinarily receive a free school meal should go without while their school is closed or while they are having to self-isolate at home.

“We have more than 5,000 children registered for free school meals in Carmarthenshire and I want to reassure families that we will do all we can to help them.

“I am also pleased to see that period poverty packs will also be available, which is very important.

“We have tried to cover as many parts of the county as possible by using all secondary schools as collection points together with some primary schools. However, if there are some families that do have genuine difficulty in reaching these locations, please get in touch.

“We are also extremely grateful to Castell Howell and all our suppliers for their support in helping us to arrange this so quickly.”

The situation will be continually monitored and if there is a demand for further collection points this will be looked into. The opening times may also be extended if needed.

If you are unable to collect your food pack please email direct@carmarthenshire.gov.uk or call 01267 234567.

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We are recruiting – staff needed

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The council is urgently seeking more staff as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.

We are looking to recruit people into a number of jobs throughout Carmarthenshire to help keep frontline services running, but particularly need carers, cleaners and catering staff.

No previous experience is needed, as full training will be provided.

The council offers good rates of pay and flexible hours. Full and part-time, permanent and temporary contracts are available.

The council also has vacancies for social workers so if you have the relevant qualifications and experience please get in touch.

Deputy Leader Cllr Mair Stephens, executive board member for recruitment and training, said: “It is vital that we keep our essential frontline services running during this crisis; and as a result, we have some vacancies that we need to fill immediately.

“We may also start to see staff shortages in some areas in the coming weeks, so we need to be prepared to fill these.

“We are urging people who are in a position to apply for these jobs to please contact us, your community needs you. Don’t worry if you don’t have experience in these areas as full training will be given.

“As well as recruiting new staff, we are also redeploying staff where possible from non-critical services to other roles as and when needed.

“I want to reassure residents we are doing all we can to protect frontline services during this extremely difficult and uncertain time.”

We want to make the application process as easy as possible, so only the mandatory fields on the application form will need to be completed along with a brief statement. Applicants will be contacted by telephone following their application.

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Over 100 iPads handed out to council care homes

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More than 100 iPads are being handed out to council care homes in Carmarthenshire so that residents can communicate face to face with their loved ones.

It comes after visiting restrictions were placed on residential homes across the UK in response to the Coronavirus outbreak.

The 110 tablets will be distributed across the seven homes, which accommodate 248 beds, and will ensure residents maintain contact via video calling their families and relatives whilst they are staying indoors to protect from the risk of contracting coronavirus.

Staff have been working closely with families to ensure they keep contact with their loved ones in this evolving situation.

Executive board member for social care, Cllr Jane Tremlett said: “We are pleased we have been able to provide all our care homes with iPads which will help residents to keep in touch with their family members during these unprecedented and challenging times. Understandably these necessary restrictions placed on our care homes will cause distress to both the relative and resident so the use of this technology will hopefully help to close that gap. Already we have seen some positive results and residents have been overjoyed to see their family faces.”

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Abergwili: Police investigate death of couple in property on High Street

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DYFED-POWYS POLICE is investigating the sudden death of a man and a woman who died in a property at High Street, Abergwili, Carmarthen.

A spokesman said: “Police were called to the address shortly after 6pm on Thursday, 26 March 2020. Officers are currently investigating the circumstances of the deaths, which are being treated as unexplained.

“They are not being linked to COVID-19 at this time.

“Next of kin and HM Coroner are aware.”

The family said: “It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of John David Bound and Gwendoline Christine Bound.

“The family wish for their privacy to be respected in their time of grief.”

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