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How the British Red Cross is supporting the new volunteer prescription delivery scheme in Wales

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The British Red Cross is supporting the new volunteer prescription delivery scheme announced last week in Wales, to ensure people who are shielding or self-isolating with no social network can continue to get their prescription medicines. The scheme operates Monday to Friday and the Red Cross is one of a number third sector organisations to support this work.

Red Cross volunteers are DBS checked and have completed training on Pro Delivery Manager, a web-based delivery tracking system developed in Wales to support the deliveries of prescriptions.

Lisa Kenny-Gough, Business and Partnerships Development Manager at the British Red Cross said:

“Our teams are deeply embedded in the local communities and this project complements the work we are already doing throughout Wales. In the first instance we have mapped Red Cross delivery drivers to 150 pharmacies, but we expect that number to change over the coming weeks depending on local requests for support.

“We are aware that local communities have also come together to form support groups to help with things like prescription deliveries and we have been working with our partners to make sure that we concentrate our support in the areas where it is most needed.”

Volunteers are mapped to a specific pharmacy and get a notification when a prescription is to be delivered.

Donna Workman is based Ceredigion and was the first volunteer to be activated under the prescription delivery scheme when it first went live.

Donna said: “I got an email and a notification through the Pro Delivery Manager app, telling me there was a prescription to be delivered in the Crymych area. I clicked to confirm I was able to do the delivery, which informed the chemist that someone was coming to collect the prescription.

“I delivered the prescription to a lady who was self-isolating, living in a remote rural area. Both the lady and her husband were really impressed at how fast everything happened and thanked me for the great response. They had put the prescription into the pharmacy that morning and it was delivered by two o’clock the same day. They thought it was a marvellous thing that it arrived so quickly.”

For more information about the British Red Cross visit www.redcross.org.uk

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Carmarthenshire towns win two prestigious awards

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CARMARTHENSHIRE County Council has congratulated two local town councils for their success in the One Voice Wales Awards.

Pembrey and Burry Port Council won the Best Community Engagement category for the multi channels of communication it has set up which enables the community to participate in any decisions the council takes. It was also recognised for the shadow forums set up in both primary and secondary schools to ensure the younger generation have a voice.

Kidwelly Town Council won the Best Devolution of Service or Asset Project category for acquiring ownership of Parc Stephens play area from Carmarthenshire County Council in 2019 as part of the asset transfer process. Since then it has increased accessibility and inclusivity for a wide age range of children and includes a sensory garden.

Carmarthen Town Council was highly commended in the Best Annual Report category.

One Voice Wales is recognised by Welsh Government as the national representative body for Community and Town Councils in Wales, providing a wide range of services to our 634 member councils representing approximately 8000 councillors.

This year’s awards ceremony has been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Carmarthenshire County Council’s Cllr Peter Hughes Griffiths who is responsible for liasing with town and community councils said: “I’d like to congratulate Pembrey and Burry Port Town Council and Kidwelly Town Council on winning the awards. It just goes to show the great work being done across Carmarthenshire and more importantly how we are working with the communities to meet their needs. I’d also like to congratulate Carmarthen Town Council on the commendation.”

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Woman arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply

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AN AMMANFORD woman has been arrested on suspicion of possessing class A drugs with intent to supply.

Dyfed-Powys Police officers were on patrol in the Glanamman area on when they saw the woman driving a silver Peugeot away from them.

They were aware that the driver had no driver’s licence, and that she was suspected of being involved in supplying class A drugs in and around Ammanford.

Additional units made their way to her home, where the car was stopped. A search of the vehicle resulted in class A drugs being found, and she was arrested.

Further searches were carried out by the response team and dog unit. Around 16g of cocaine, some amphetamine, and some cannabis were found.

A 42-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply, possession and driving offences. The vehicle was also seized.

She has been released under investigation pending further enquiries.

Sergeant Walters said: “This was a very swift response to information relayed by colleagues who recognised the woman and were aware that she should not have been driving.

“Ammanford Neighbourhood Policing Team, response teams and the dog unit worked closely together to achieve a positive outcome.”

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Play equipment gifted to children with disabilities

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CHILDREN with disabilities in Carmarthenshire have been gifted play equipment by the county council during the coronavirus pandemic.

Some 26 children are already making use of new play materials and outdoor equipment which are helping to maintain their health and well-being during the lockdown.

Items such as garden swing seats, paddling pools, tablets, sensory black out tents, trampolines are making a huge difference to them whilst staying at home.

It comes after funding was set aside for those identified by the council’s social workers or disability intervention staff as needing extra support, and subject to an assessment.

Anna Martin, whose son Finlay has benefited from a garden swing said: “Finlay has spent many an hour calmly swinging in the garden. It has been great for him to spend time with the family outdoors. Fin is like a ‘toddler’ and enjoys a cwtch and a nap so the fact that this turns into a bed has been a big hit! It has certainly perked him up during lockdown.”

Funds are still available and anyone who is supported by the council’s disability service can ask their support worker for an assessment.

The council’s executive board member for children’s services, Cllr Glynog Davies said: “The restrictions of the current lockdown have been a huge challenge for all families, but particularly for those with a child who is disabled or has autism. Our teams identified that for some families having extra play materials or outdoor play equipment could make a massive difference to children’s wellbeing. We established a process where staff from our specialist teams could assess if families would benefit from this type of help. We have been able to purchase and arrange delivery of a number of items so far and we’re delighted to see what a difference it has made.”

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