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Clwb Ysgol works with Welsh talent to help children get creative via bilingual video series

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An immersive video series introducing skills to young people through the medium of Welsh has been launched by ERW’s Clwb Ysgol, — providing an enjoyable respite from home-schooling for parents and children alike.

With schools closed, the bilingual Clwb Cartref masterclasses offer fun, educational activities for families, while providing a platform for independent talent whose regular roles may be impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The tutorials — available on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and the ERW website — span a wide range of activities, from P.E. sessions taught by Sgiliau, the physical education organisation which usually holds sessions in schools across West Wales, to music lessons from Bronwen Lewis, a singer-songwriter known for her appearance on BBC’s The Voice.

For those looking to develop their Welsh language skills even further, another of Clwb Ysgol’s recent projects, Cymraeg Mewn Mis (‘Welsh in a Month’ in English), has proven popular among families who want to learn Welsh, in line with the national increase in people taking up a new language during the coronavirus pandemic.

The project encourages children to teach Welsh to their parents using downloadable, easy-to-follow resources which cover a range of day-to-day activities, including writing a shopping list and choosing a TV programme. The resources can also be used by parents to help keep on top of their children’s Welsh language skills whilst home-schooling – particularly in households where Welsh isn’t the first language.

Mark Clarke, a father-of-three living in Carmarthenshire who tried Cymraeg Mewn Mis with his daughter, Erin, said: “At the beginning of the month, I had very little knowledge of the Welsh language having moved with my family from England just a few years ago. My daughter has thrived at her Welsh-medium primary school, so I too was determined to play my part.

“Using the Cymraeg Mewn Mis resources, I succeeded in learning lots of useful words and phrases, all while going about daily activities. The challenge has really given me the confidence I needed to start speaking Welsh and has proven that contributing even a small amount to a conversation can help build your vocabulary. Having such a patient teacher helps, too!”

Catrin Phillips, Project Co-ordinator for ERW said: “Here at ERW, we recognise that this is a particularly difficult time for everyone as we adapt to new routines and ways of life.

“This is why resources such as Clwb Cartref and Cymraeg Mewn Mis are key to giving families the motivation they need to keep learning and developing their Welsh language skills away from the classroom. In fact, there may never have been a better time to do so!”

For more information about ‘Clwb Cartref’ and the ‘Cymraeg Mewn Mis’ project, please go to the website, or follow Clwb Ysgol on social media: Facebook @clwbysgol, Twitter @ClwbYsgolERW & Instagram @clwbysgol.

ERW is an alliance governed by a legally constituted joint committee. It works across five local authorities improving learning and teaching to ensure the best possible results for learners.

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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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