HELP for service and ex-service personnel in need of advice will be provided by Carmarthenshire Library Service after a drop-in library was established in Llanelli.
The Library Service, in partnership with the Royal British Legion (Llanelli branch) and Royal Naval Association (Llanelli branch), have established the library at the Royal Naval Association (RNA) Club in Swansea Road, Llanelli.
The books cover subjects such as stopping smoking, self-esteem issues and general well-being, but there are books where the GP can give patients what looks like a library card which can be used to borrow what are known as Prescription Books. The transition from military life to civilian can be a long and difficult journey, but hopefully the support and assistance of these books can help this period.
Dennis Morgan, Chair of RNA (Llanelli branch), said: “Members of the club are able to read and borrow these self-help books.”
Peter Killick, Chair of Royal British Legion (Llanelli Branch), said that it was through talking to Carmarthenshire Libraries on another matter that Acting Outreach Team Manager, Estelle Evans, mentioned that Self Help/Prescription Books were available in the library. With partnership working, it was agreed that the RNA club would be the first club in Carmarthenshire to host these books.
He added: “We are very pleased to work in partnership with the library as many service personnel and their families are unaware of where to get help and assistance. Perhaps reading some of these self-help books will help and support the friends and families of serving and ex-service personnel.”
Estelle Evans said that she was aware of how difficult it is for the family and friends of those serving as her husband completed nearly 30 years in Royal Navy and as a Naval Reservist.
“If there are any other organisations who think that this service may help and support them, please contact the Library Service,” she added.
Executive Board Member for Libraries, Cllr Meryl Gravell, said: “This is an excellent initiative by our Library Service in partnership with the British Legion and RNA. I would urge people serving in the forces or who have served to take advantage of this scheme to access advice.”
Lottery win for local neighbours
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.
Scarlets’ grassroots clubs show community spirit in delivering vital food packages
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.
First two cases of coronavirus in Carmarthenshire confirmed
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.