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Carmarthenshire is at risk – please stick to the rules

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PEOPLE living in Carmarthenshire are being urged to follow Covid-19 rules to help prevent spread of the virus.

Community transmission of the virus is a real concern and despite just one part of the county in effective ‘lockdown’, people are being reminded that the whole of Carmarthenshire is on high alert.

A large part of Llanelli is currently designated a health protection zone, with enhanced restrictions in place to try and control an outbreak of Covid-19 concentrated in the area.

However, there are small clusters of positive Covid-19 cases across Carmarthenshire and unless people stick to the rules, it is feared the virus could start to quickly spread.

Cases are being carefully monitored, and Carmarthenshire County Council has warned that the lockdown could be widened to cover the whole of the county if numbers continue to rise.

Currently, there are 66.2 cases per 100,000 in Carmarthenshire as a whole*, including the Llanelli health protection zone.

Updated figures for the Llanelli health protection zone on its own are due to be released as part of the weekly review on Friday.

Cllr Emlyn Dole, Leader of the Council, said: “We really can’t emphasise enough the importance of sticking to the rules – we have a responsibility to protect each other.

“If you are not worried about getting the virus yourself, please consider that people you come in to contact with probably are. Even worse, if you spread the virus to someone more vulnerable than you, it could have fatal consequences.

“We completely understand people’s frustrations, but there are simple rules in place which people should take the time to understand and practice. Please, please do as you’re asked. Let’s work together on this and do the right thing.”

Information and advice, together with a range of frequently asked questions and a directory of community support, can be found at www.carmarthenshire.gov.wales

As a reminder, the following rules are currently in place:

️ All of us in Wales must:

  • Keep two metres apart from anyone we don’t live with
  • Self-isolate if we’re asked to by a contact tracer, or if we have Covid-19 symptoms (new continuous cough, high temperature, loss of taste and smell)
  • Get a test if we have any of the symptoms
  • Wear a face covering indoors and on public transport
  • Only socialise in max groups of six people from our extended household ‘bubble’ – this is a max of four households (note: these rules are different if you live in the Llanelli ‘health protection zone’, see below)
  • Provide full contact details when visiting business premises as part of NHS Test, Trace, Protect
  • Work from home wherever possible
  • And all licensed premises must stop serving alcohol at 10pm, and have to close by 10.20pm, as well as having robust measures in place to protect customers

 

 Additional rules for Carmarthenshire

All of us must:

  • Stay out of the Llanelli ‘health protection zone’ unless we live there, work there, or have a reasonable excuse
  • Not visit residential care homes (inside or outside), to protect our most vulnerable

 Additional rules for Llanelli

People living in the ‘health protection zone’ must:

  • Not mix with anyone from another household (unless providing care to a vulnerable person, or support to someone living on their own)
  • Not travel into or out of the ‘health protection zone’, unless there is a reasonable excuse
  • Wear a face covering outdoors too, especially in places where social distancing is difficult, such as school gates

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Police launch public appeal following Carmarthenshire burglary

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DYFED-POWYS POLICE is investigating a burglary at a property in Ponthenry.

People broke into a shed at a home in Victoria Road at around 8.30pm on Monday, 31 October, before leaving after spotting a CCTV camera.

They returned at around 10.15pm and again at around 10.55pm.

During their raids they tooka green Wolf motocross helmet with a full face with a peak and line green motocross goggles.

Officers are appealing for help to identify two people they would like to speak to over the incident.

Anyone with information that could help officers with their investigation is asked to report it to Dyfed-Powys Police, either online at: https://bit.ly/DPPContactOnline, by emailing 101@dyfed-powys.police.uk, or by calling 101. If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908. Quote reference: DPP/0756/01/11/2022/02/C. Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555111, or visiting crimestoppers-uk.org.

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Morrisons Foundation supports children’s charity with grant for vital equipment

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The Morrisons Foundation supports registered charities that make a positive difference. They recently awarded national children’s disability charity, Cerebra, based in Carmarthen, a grant of £11,109.

This will fund the creation of writing slopes through the Cerebra Innovation Centre, which is partnered with the University of Wales Trinity Saint David and designs wonderful toys and equipment to help children living with a brain condition to learn and play.

The writing slopes are designed to help children who struggle with posture and fine motor skills. They also aid children with writing, drawing and hand control. Ross Head, Product Design Manager at the Cerebra Innovation Centre explains;

‘The slopes include a lovely wipe-clean surface for children to experiment with mark making, their own set of pens and a clever lid-free pen store to remove the challenge of removing lids for some children. We are so lucky to be able to do what we do and funding like this is so important to allow us to push boundaries and provide vital equipment that looks beautiful.’

At the start of 2022, the Cerebra Innovation Centre highlighted that they anticipated the need for an additional 20 writing slopes for children. Cerebra Fundraising Manager, James Hay then worked with the grants team at the Morrisons Foundation, who were delighted to support this project. David Scott, Morrisons Foundation Trustee said:

‘Cerebra is dedicated to helping families who have a child with a brain condition to discover a better life together, that’s why I’m delighted that we’ve been able to provide this support. The specialised writing slopes will make a huge positive impact on children with sensory and mobility issues, providing a great opportunity to develop their skills, which will last a lifetime.’

Grants like this are a vital source of funding for Cerebra so that they are able to continue to support children living with a brain condition and their families who face challenges every day. The Cerebra Innovation Centre is one of the many support services provided by the charity that so many families have come to rely on. James Hay adds;

‘Thank you so much to the Morrisons Foundation for this generous grant! We are over the moon as we know how much this project will change young lives. These are particularly challenging times for charities and so this funding from Morrisons for the creation of 20 writing slopes is warmly welcomed.’

You can find out more about Cerebra and how they help children and families by visiting www.cerebra.org.uk 

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White Ribbon campaign supported by Carmarthenshire County Council

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CARMARTHENSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL says it is again showing its support for the White Ribbon campaign, which takes place on Friday, November 25 and is followed by 16 Days of Action.

White Ribbon is the UK’s leading charity engaging men and boys to end violence against women and girls.

While domestic abuse affects both sexes, the largest number of violent incidents involve men against women. But ultimately male violence against women is everyone’s issue, not just women’s.

The council was awarded White Ribbon UK accredited status for the first time in 2018 and is continuing to work to tackle such violence.

White Ribbon flags will be flying at County Hall in Carmarthen and town halls in Llanelli and Ammanford on White Ribbon Day (Friday, November 25). County Hall will also be lit up on the evening to show support.

The council is working alongside partners to raise awareness of the campaign across the county – from sports clubs, joint visits with the Police to licensed premises, our leisure centres and libraries to bus stations.

With this year’s White Ribbon Day falling on the same week as the start of the FIFA men’s World Cup, there has never been a better time to come together and start playing as a team to end violence against women and girls.

The council will be raising awareness of the campaign at special events including a Walking Football session at Amman Valley Leisure Centre on November 30 and at “An Evening with Sam Warburton” at the Lyric Theatre in Carmarthen on White Ribbon Day (November 25).

Cabinet Member responsible for Community Safety, Cllr Philip Hughes, said: “It’s vital that we raise more awareness about domestic abuse so that anyone affected can get help and support from one of our local services.”

Support locally can be found at: Threshold (Llanelli) on 01554 752 422 or www.threshold-das.org.uk; Calan DVS (Ammanford) on 01269 597 474 or www.calandvs.org.uk; Carmarthen Domestic Abuse Service on 01267 238 410 or www.carmdas.org and Goleudy on 0300 123 2996 or www.goleudyvictimandwitnessservice.org.uk or call the Live Fear Free Helpline on 0808 80 10 800 or visit https://gov.wales/live-fear-free for free advice and support 24/7

For more information on the White Ribbon campaign visit www.whiteribbon.org.uk

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