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Giving people a ‘lift’ into work

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LIFT mentor (Estyn): Elliott Boyd.

LIFT mentor (Estyn): Elliott Boyd.

THE LIFT programme in Carmarthenshire has had a successful first year helping people into work or training.

Set up in April 2014, the Lift programme supports those Communities First residents who are living in a workless household and who are long term unemployed.

As part of the Welsh Government’s tackling poverty agenda, the programme is a pilot initiative to combat entrenched worklessness and unemployment across generations of the same family, reaching and supporting those who have most difficulty finding work and who need intensive employment mentoring.

In April 2015, following the programme’s first 12 months of activity, Lift has succeeded in supporting 150 people with a variety of work related opportunities. The programme provides one-to-one support and is tailored to each individual’s needs, skills and work aspirations.

During this 12 month period the programme has supported 20 people into sustainable employment, including care work, construction, hospitality and retail.

36 people took part in bespoke work experience placements and 76 individuals achieved an accredited qualification in a work-related field such as Construction Skills, Retail and Customer Service, Security and Manual Handling.

Senior Lift Mentor Alex Morgan said: “The Lift team are very pleased with the positive impact the programme has made on the lives of its clients in the last 12 months and we are happy with the great feedback we have received from the individuals we support. We have many more up and coming opportunities in the next 12 months including access to exclusive work placements and further training courses. We’re looking forward to supporting many more Communities First residents by this time next year.”

Jade, a lift client, said: “Thanks to the support and hard work of my lift Mentor I have now succeeded in gaining employment as a bank nurse for Hywel Dda NHS trust and have been accepted on to a Nursing degree in Trinity St Davids. It has made a huge difference to my life and my family’s life.”

During March 2015, nine learners succeeded in gaining their level 2 Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH), which will allow them to gain employment in cleaning and hygiene related jobs.

This is a very sought after qualification and demonstrates the learners’ ability to safely handle cleaning chemicals and fluids. This has a wide variety of work applications, not just in full time cleaning roles but in any job that has an element of hygiene as part of the job role (e.g. hospitality, health care, retail, industrial cleaning).

By helping long term unemployed clients achieve this qualification the Lift team are helping to make them more competitive when applying for full and part time work, helping to reduce poverty among the most deprived residents in Carmarthenshire.

Carl, one of the successful learners, said: “I have been unemployed for over 10 years, was low in confidence and had few skills to offer employers. Since completing my COSHH course and being supported to apply for cleaning roles by Lift, I feel closer to getting a job than ever.”

The Lift Programme recently delivered a level 2 Customer Service Course for Lift clients indentified by their mentors.

This accredited qualification taught key skills for clients aspiring to work in any retail or customer service related jobs. The course was delivered in the Un Sir Gar Hub in Llanelli. Eight learners completed the course and achieved a passing mark, making it a 100% pass rate.

The group was a mix of more experienced workers who needed to refresh their skills and learners who had little or no experience of retail and were just starting out on this career path.

All learners rated the course as very good or excellent and feedback was positive throughout the five day training period.

Warren, a learner from Llanelli, said: “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to learn something new and the support from Lift has improved my confidence in finding work.”

Next, the successful learners are going to be supported into either a work experience placement in retail or into paid employment in retail or customer service. The Lift programme can offer a wide variety of work experience placements including opportunities in Boots, the DVLA and the NHS.

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Llandeilo gas works to begin say Wales & West Utilities

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WALES & West Utilities will shortly begin work to upgrade gas pipes in Llandeilo.

Wales & West Utilities has liaised with Carmarthenshire County Council to plan the work and it has been agreed that work will commence after the town has celebrated the Festival of Senses.

The £123,000 investment scheme, which is essential to keep the gas flowing safely to heat and power local homes and businesses, will begin in New Road on 21 November. This section of work will be complete before Christmas and Wales & West Utilities will return to the town next year to undertake further work in the Crescent Road area. Barring any engineering difficulties, work in the town will be complete by the end of February next year.

Wales & West Utilities Adam Smith is managing this gas pipe upgrade work. He said: “Working with the Council, we have planned this work to accommodate the needs of the town.

“While most of the gas network is underground and out of sight, it plays a central role in the daily lives of people across Llandeilo. Whether it’s heating your home, making the family dinner or having a hot bath, we understand how important it is for your gas supply to be safe and reliable and there when you need it.

“We know that working in areas like this is not ideal, but it really is essential to make sure we keep the gas flowing to homes and businesses in the area, and to make sure the gas network is fit for the future. We’ll have a team of gas engineers on site throughout the project to make sure our work is completed as safely and as quickly as possible while keeping disruption to a minimum.

“This work is essential to keep the gas flowing to local homes and businesses today, and to make sure the gas network is ready to transport hydrogen and biomethane, so we can all play our part in a green future.”

Our Customer Service Team is ready to take your call if you have any questions about our work. You can contact them on freephone 0800 912 2999.

Alternatively, you can contact us on Twitter @WWUtilities or Facebook.com/WWUtilities.

Wales & West Utilities, the gas emergency and pipeline service, brings energy to 7.5m people across the south west of England and Wales. If you smell gas, or suspect the presence of carbon monoxide, call us on 0800 111 999 straight away, and our engineers will be there to help any time of day or night. Before visiting, we’ll ask you to let us know if you or anyone in your household, is experiencing Coronavirus symptoms or self-isolating. We’ll still come and help you: but our teams will take some additional precautions to keep us all safe.

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Police appeal following theft of items from Home Bargains Crosshands

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OFFICERS from Dyfed Powys Police have confirmed that they are investigating the theft of items, including a Christmas Nutcracker Ornament valued at £129.99, from the Home Bargains store in Crosshands, Carmarthenshire.

The theft occurred at about 12:40pm on Tuesday, 27th September 2022.

Officers have carried out all possible lines of enquiry, and are now appealing for help from the public.

They would like to identify the people in the CCTV image, who may have information that could help the investigation.

Anyone who knows who the people are, or if you believe you are pictured, contact Dyfed-Powys Police.

This can also be done either online at: https://bit.ly/DPPContactOnline, by emailing 101@dyfed-powys.police.uk or phoning 101.

If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.

Please quote reference DPP/2006/27/09/2022/02/C

Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555111, or visiting crimestoppers-uk.org.

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Witness appeal after car is stolen and burnt out

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DYFED-POWYS POLICE is investigating the theft of a car from a property in Lando Road, Burry Port, which was later found burnt out in Pembrey Country Park.

Officers are appealing for witnesses to the theft of the blue Ssangyong Rexton, which took place sometime between 5pm on Friday, 11th November, and 9am on Saturday, 12th November, and would like to speak to anyone who may have information or CCTV or dashcam footage.

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: DP-20221112-109

Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555111, or visiting crimestoppers-uk.org.

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