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Support for children to use Welsh at home



THERE is lots of help and advice for parents in Carmarthenshire to support their children to use the Welsh language at home, particularly during the coronavirus pandemic.

The council has various resources in place to help English-speaking parents whose children attend Welsh-medium schools.

The Education department has a team of Welsh language support officers who work locally in support of Welsh-medium learners.

it is also a key priority in the council’s Distance Learning Plan which sets out the way forward for learning in Carmarthenshire during the coronavirus outbreak.

Most importantly, if your children attend Welsh-medium schools but you do not speak Welsh at home, please do not worry as there is a lot you can do to help your children speak and use the language.

This includes watching Welsh language TV programmes, listening to Welsh stories and Welsh language music and downloading Welsh language apps.

Encourage your children to use Welsh with their brothers or sisters, and keep in contact with friends or other family members who speak Welsh over the phone or digitally.

Your school will be able to support and advise you, remember your children are used to completing written tasks and homework through the Welsh language.

You can also find information and links to a range of organisations providing activities for children and young people in Welsh on Hwb.

Executive Board Member for Education and Children’s Services Cllr Glynog Davies said: “These are extraordinary times and I know a lot of parents are concerned about their children’s education, particularly those children who attend Welsh-medium primary schools but come from an English-speaking household.

“First of all, please do not worry, there is lots of help and support available to you to help maintain and develop your children’s use of the Welsh language, from TV and radio to books and music, not to mention the huge amount of resources that are available online.

“Please be assured we are all in this together and our main priority is keeping our children safe and well. If you need any further advice regarding the Welsh language or any other issue, please do not hesitate to contact your school.”

Teachers in Carmarthenshire are also being upskilled in the Welsh language with approximately 125 teachers across the county having lessons to improve their competence / confidence; and since the coronavirus outbreak, lessons have been continuing remotely.


Carmarthenshire towns win two prestigious awards



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



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



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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