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‘Impressed’: Cabinet Secretary Carl Sargeant

‘Impressed’: Cabinet Secretary Carl Sargeant

WELSH GOVERNMENT Cabinet Secretary Carl Sargeant has visited the Un Sir Gar Hub in Llanelli and met members of the Communities for Work, Lift and Communities First teams.

The Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Children was shown around the Un Sir Gar Hub, a ‘first stop shop’ for adults of all ages seeking employment, education, training or volunteering in Carmarthenshire.

Mr Sargeant was shown examples of the partnership working between the different organisations working there to support residents.

The Cabinet Secretary was introduced to members of the Communities for Work team, a project supported by the European Social Fund through the Welsh Government and Department for Work and Pensions to help people furthest away from the labour market into employment through one to one support, guidance and training.

He also met the Carmarthenshire Lift team who provide training and employment opportunities for people who live in households where noone is in work and the Communities First Prosperity Team who provide employment, digital and financial support to residents living in the Carmarthenshire Communities First cluster area.

Mr Sargeant went on to meet local residents who are being supported by the team to achieve their goals.

In the past 12 months the team has supported over 100 people into work, 250 adults with digital skills and 260 adults have achieved accredited qualifications.

Executive board member for regeneration and leisure Cllr Meryl Gravell said: “I’m pleased that the Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Children has been able to visit Carmarthenshire to see the good work being done in partnership to help people into work or to benefit from education, training or volunteering.”

Carl Sargeant said: “I have been very impressed with everything I have seen here today. The Hub is clearly leading the way in terms of successful joint working. It is very pleasing to see so many different organisations working together to help local people into work or training which in turn will help the local economy.”

Communities First is a Welsh Government funded initiative to Tackle Poverty focusing on Healthy, Prosperous and Learning Communities, creating opportunities for residents to gain skills, access employment and get healthier. The Communities First programme is focused on the most deprived areas in Carmarthenshire and covers a population of approximately 22,000 residents. The Communities First area covers Ammanford, Bigyn, Felinfoel, Glanymor, Hengoed, Lliedi, Llwynhendy, Trimsaran and Tyisha.

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Lottery win for local neighbours

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Two people in Ferryside are celebrating today after winning £1,000 each thanks to their lucky postcode.

The  neighbours netted the windfall when SA17 5YP was announced as a Daily Prize winner with People’s Postcode Lottery on Wednesday 8th April 2020.

People’s Postcode Lottery ambassador Judie McCourt sent her well-wishes to the winners. She said: “Congratulations to our winners! What a great surprise for them, I hope they enjoy their winnings.”

A minimum of 32% of ticket sales goes directly to charities and players of People’s Postcode Lottery have raised over £500 million to date for thousands of good causes in Britain and beyond.

This draw was promoted by Maggie’s which has received over £16.1 million in funding from the players of People’s Postcode Lottery. Maggie’s runs a network of cancer support centres across the country. These centres bring people together to help combat the isolation and distress that often accompanies a cancer diagnosis.

Many good causes close to the winners have also benefitted from players’ support, and local charities can next apply for funding in August.

For more information onPeople’s Postcode Lottery, please visit www.postcodelottery.co.uk or Facebook  and Twitter.

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Scarlets’ grassroots clubs show community spirit in delivering vital food packages

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Scarlets community clubs have been working together to help deliver vital food packages across the region.


Volunteers from grassroots clubs and WRU girls hubs across Ceredigion, Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire have been helping take the food packages to vulnerable members of society who are self-isolating during the Covid-19 pandemic.


The clubs have teamed up with the Scarlets Community Foundation — the charity arm of the Scarlets — and Carmarthen-based food wholesaler Castell Howell, while Scarlets players Osian Knott, Kieran Hardy, Ryan Conbeer and Jac Morgan have also lent their hand to the operation.


More than 300 packages were due to be delivered on Monday and Tuesday (April 6 & April 7), with the initiative highlighting that even without any action on the field, rugby clubs remain at the heart of their community.
Scarlets Community Foundation manager Caroline Newman said:  “We have been overwhelmed with the support that we have received from local clubs, the number of people prepared to volunteer to help the most vulnerable in our communities has been touching.


“People’s reasons for requesting packs have often been heart-wrenching and it really has made us appreciate what we have.


“The foundation has worked closely with Castell Howell to make sure the packages are ready to go to those whose need is greatest, managing to turn things around pretty quickly and I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone involved in making this happen, our funder, Castell Howell, all the clubs, our helpline volunteer and the foundation members.
“Great teamwork which has made me proud to be part of the fantastic community that rugby creates.”

Here are the rugby clubs and WRU girls rugby hubs taking part in the initiative

Aberaeron, Aberystwyth, Amman Utd, Ammanford, Burry Port, Betws, Bynea, Cardigan, Cefneithin, Felinfoel, Fishguard & Goodwick, Furnace Utd, Haverfordwest, Kidwelly, Llandeilo, Llandovery, Llandybie, Llanelli Wanderers, Llangennech, Llangwm, Merched Mynydd Mawr, Milford Haven, Narberth, New Dock Stars, Newcastle Emlyn, Neyland, Penybanc, Pontyates, St Clears, Stradey Sospans, Tenby Utd, Tumble, Tycroes, Whitland, Yr Hendy.

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First two cases of coronavirus in Carmarthenshire confirmed

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THE FIRST two cases of coronavirus have been found in Carmarthenshire, the Welsh Government announced today.

The two patients in the Carmarthenshire local authority area had recently returned together from northern Italy.

It comes as the Hywel Dda Health Board which serves the area opened two centres to test for coronavirus, one in Cardigan and one in Carmarthen.

The health board announced it had opened the testing centres to “help protect the health of our communities”, while also saying that centres could be opened in other areas across the health board.

The Chief Medical Officer for Wales, Dr Frank Atherton, confirmed that a total of nine patients in Wales had tested positive for coronavirus (COVID -19) today, bringing the total to 15.

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