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More Carmarthenshire residents on shielding list

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MORE residents in Carmarthenshire who have been asked to take shielding measures will receive a letter with information and advice from the council.

People with serious underlying health conditions, which put them at high risk of becoming seriously ill from coronavirus (COVID-19) are being advised to stay at home to keep safe.

The Chief Medical Officer for Wales has sent out a further 21,000 letters to high risk patients across Wales setting out the steps they should take to protect their health.

In line with the initial 12 week shielding advice issued in late March, the latest letters advise people to shield until at least June 15. This means reducing contact with other people as far as possible to reduce the risk of being exposed to coronavirus.

In Carmarthenshire, an additional 2,776 extremely vulnerable people have been added to the shielding list.

As well as receiving a letter from the Chief Medical Officer, residents in Carmarthenshire also receive a letter from Council Leader Cllr Emlyn Dole providing local information and support.

The council has been working hard to put arrangements in place to make sure help is available locally for people who are shielding.

Llesiant Delta Wellbeing, formerly Carmarthenshire Council’s Careline service, has conducted approximately 5,000 calls to residents to ensure they have everything they need to stay safe during these difficult times.

Through the pro-active calls the team ensures people are getting their shopping essentials, prescriptions and also checking on their general welfare, providing peace of mind for loved ones and their families.

The council can arrange for food parcels to be delivered if needed, and it is working with community pharmacies to help supply and organise delivery of medicines where required. It is also in touch with a number of voluntary groups who can provide care and support for those who might be feeling very isolated.

Council Leader Emlyn Dole said: “We are sending letters to everyone in Carmarthenshire on the shielding list to make sure they understand what they have to do and most importantly that we are here to offer help and support; we can arrange food parcels and delivery of medicines if they need it.

“Staff from Delta Wellbeing have also been calling residents to make sure they are managing okay, and we have had an amazing response from those we have contacted with many being reassured by the calls.

“I am sure hearing a friendly voice on the other end of the phone was much appreciated. For some residents it may be the only contact they have had, and it can make a world of difference to someone, especially during times like these.”

For further information, please visit the council website newsroom.carmarthenshire.gov.wales/coronavirus

Telephone lines are open seven days a week between 8.30am and 6pm, please call 01267 234567.

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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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