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New roles for RVS volunteers



Volunteers thanked: Health Board Chair Bernadine Rees (Front left) with volunteers at Withybush Hospital

Volunteers thanked: Health Board Chair Bernadine Rees (Front left) with volunteers at Withybush Hospital

HYWEL DDA UHB has stated that it is committed to continuing the close relationship with the Royal Voluntary Service (RVS) by finding new roles for its volunteers, so that they can continue supporting patients at hospitals across mid and west Wales as they have done for many years.

The Chair of the Health Board, Bernadine Rees, has been meeting with volunteers to discuss opportunities that are being created to enhance the service provided to patients at Bronglais, Withybush, Glangwili and Prince Philip hospitals.

The health board has committed to retaining the services of the RVS following the introduction of new cafe and retail services on all four acute sites, which the RVS had previously provided.

At a meeting with RVS volunteers in Withybush Hospital last week, Bernadine said: “It’s with some sadness that we are here for afternoon tea. You have shown such support for patients and families, and we have to recognise that it is the end of a particular era. It’s great to be here to thank you, and to recognise the fantastic work that you have done to date.

“We very much value the contribution you have made, and will continue to make in the future.

“There is a need to continue to support our patients, but in different ways, and provide a warm welcome to patients and staff which we can do through the many talents you have in the RVS.

“We have some new opportunities being created across Hywel Dda, and through your work we can continue enhancing the service we provide to patients. You will still be the face of the RVS in Pembrokeshire, and the bonus for Hywel Dda is that on some sites where there has not been such presence, the profile of the RVS will be raised.

“Thank you on behalf of Hywel Dda University Health Board (as well as the former organisations, including Pembrokeshire & Derwen NHS Trust and Pembrokeshire Local Health Board), and from our staff and the local population in Pembrokeshire, for the years gone by and for your contribution in the future.”

Peter Llewellyn, Assistant Director of Strategic Partnerships, added: “Initially, we will be concentrating on the continuation of the specific RVS volunteer services traditionally provided at Withybush and Glangwili Hospitals for reception areas at both sites.

“The next stage will involve providing a sustainable RVS trolley and associated ward-based service, which will also include Prince Philip and Bronglais Hospitals.

“We are working closely with the RVS to ensure that we continue to identify and jointly recruit sufficient volunteers for such services to be available for patients across all our main Hospital sites. We have also planned some training days allowing these volunteers to extend their current roles in the Hospitals going forward.”

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Police launch public appeal following Carmarthenshire burglary



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:, by emailing, 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

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



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 

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White Ribbon campaign supported by Carmarthenshire County Council



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; Calan DVS (Ammanford) on 01269 597 474 or; Carmarthen Domestic Abuse Service on 01267 238 410 or and Goleudy on 0300 123 2996 or or call the Live Fear Free Helpline on 0808 80 10 800 or visit for free advice and support 24/7

For more information on the White Ribbon campaign visit

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