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NSPCC: Wales conference puts spotlight on domestic abuse

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PROTECTING women and children from domestic abuse was the focus of a ground-breaking conference in Wales this week (Mar 28).

Organised by Cardiff University’s Exchange Network – with support from NSPCC Cymru / Wales and Welsh Women’s Aid – the event aimed to share information on the most effective approaches to tackle all forms of violence against women, domestic abuse and support for victims – be they adults or children.

Preventing violence from happening and protecting those who fall victim to domestic abuse formed the focus of the conference, at Cardiff’s Novotel Hotel.

Representatives from Welsh Government, Relate Cymru, Barnardos and Rape and Sexual Abuse (RASA) Centre also attended.

Domestic abuse continues to be a significant reason for young people to contact Childline. In 2016/17 volunteers at the NSPCC-run helpline undertook 120 counselling sessions with children from Wales who had concerns about abuse by a partner in their own relationship.

And 241 children from Wales contacted Childline to discuss parental domestic abuse.

Some young people who witness this also experience physical abuse by their parents. This can sometimes happen when they try and intervene in the abuse taking place, with some children telling Childline they were hit by their mother or father when trying to stop a fight.

“Sometimes my dad gets in a bad mood and gets really aggressive. He says horrible things to me and my mum and it scares me. In the past he was threatening to hit my mum, when I tried to get him to calm down he slapped me instead. I feel like neither of them listen to me and they don’t understand how upset it’s all making me.” (Girl, 16-18, Wales)

Head of NSPCC Cymru / Wales, Des Mannion, told The Llanelli Herald: “Domestic abuse can have a huge impact on a child’s physical and emotional wellbeing and it’s hugely important that we share information and discuss ways to both prevent violence and protect victims.

“We all have a part to play in tackling domestic abuse and it’s important to pick up the phone if you’re concerned so that our advisers can offer guidance and get help where it’s needed.

“Stepping in early helps to change behaviours and avoid abuse escalating, and putting the child at the heart of interventions is paramount in keeping children safe and limiting long-term damage.

“It is also vital that children and young people affected by domestic abuse have access to the right kind of support to overcome the trauma of witnessing and experiencing domestic abuse.”

Any child worried about domestic abuse can call Childline on 0800 11 11. Any adult who is concerned about a child can call the NSPCC Helpline on 0808 800 5000.

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Police appeal for information on missing Philip Magor

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POLICE in Llanelli are are renewing our appeal for information to trace Philip Magor, who is now believed to be in the Llandudno area.

He has not returned to his home in Llanelli since Wednesday, November 6, and was seen on CCTV in Cardiff the following day.

Enquiries now suggest he has travelled to Llandudno, and we urge anyone who has seen him or made contact with him to let us know.

He is described as 5ft 5ins tall, of broad build, slightly tanned, with blue eyes and short, grey hair. He is carrying a blue back pack.

Anyone who has seen Philip, or knows where he is, is urged to contact us by calling 101. If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.

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Zoe Evans, Llanelli painter and decorator, is British Apprentice of the Year

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Zoe Evans, a 21 year old painter and decorator from Llanelli, has been named the GB Apprentice of the Year and Welsh Apprentice of the Year at the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB)
Apprenticeship Awards.


The CITB Apprenticeship Awards celebrate the achievements of apprentices and employers across the UK for their commitment and dedication to construction.


The winners were presented with their awards at a ceremony hosted by broadcaster and property entrepreneur, Sarah Beeny. The ceremony took place at Merchant Taylors’ Hall in London (7 November).


Zoe completed a level 2 apprenticeship in painting and decorating, to go onto achieve her Advanced level 3. With her artistic flair, Zoe enjoys the creative aspects of her trade and plans to take a career route in interior design. Zoe’s amazing commitment to being the best she can, has attributed to her becoming an ambassador for women in construction and being the face of the posters across her college, Coleg Sir Gar.


Zoe said: “I’ve loved every single part of my apprentice journey, from the classroom learning to the practical application and the more creative aspects of the job. I want to thank my mentor, Ken MacKay and my employer Ian Williams Ltd. It’s a really good feeling to know that I’ve been
recognised in this way. I’d definitely recommend an apprenticeship to anyone willing to work hard, have goals and go full out to achieve them.”

Jon Davies, CITB Apprenticeship Officer, said: “When Zoe started her apprenticeship we saw her potential so we fast tracked her from level 1 to level 2. It was important for me to make sure she had the right support to reach the heights she is capable of, and she is doing just that. Zoe makes work a brighter place for everyone around her. Her positive attitude and ability makes her a perfect ambassador for women in construction, and I am really pleased this has been recognised with her award.”

Kevin Mcloughlin, CITB board member and founder and Managing Director of Mcloughlin Decorating, said: “Congratulations to Zoe, a clearly dedicated apprentice – it’s great to recognise her hard work. Apprenticeships provide a fast track route into the construction industry. With so many rewarding careers opportunities in construction there is something out there for everyone. I wish Zoe all the best in her career in construction.”

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Staff at Jenkins Bakery raise an amazing £4000 for Cancer Research UK.

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The bakery staff broke last year’s record fundraising for the charity by £400.

This was the seventh year for the bakery to embark on a fundraising fortnight for Cancer Research UK .

All 30 Jenkins Bakery shops were decorated with a pink theme to promote Cancer Research UK.

Bakery staff also organised special fundraising events

“The Pink campaign in our shops was a huge success,” said Jenkins Bakery area manager Fiona Snook.

“Members of staff dressed up in a pink theme and the shops were decorated to add to the party spirit.

“Our loyal customers were, of course, fantastic and hugely supportive of the campaign, with generous donations to Cancer Research.

“I must give special praise to our staff, who were fantastic, holding raffles, fancy dress events, bikeathons and other funraising events.

“We are into our seventh year of doing this event and each year the fundraising campaign for Cancer Research UK goes from strength to strength. A big thank you goes to all our staff and all our customers for supporting this worthy charity.

“The bakery served up special pink cupcakes for the occasion – and we think our customers enjoyed them as a contribution went directly towards the charity.”

The Jenkins bakery has 30 shops across south Wales and employs 300 people, full and part-time, with the company’s headquarters in Trostre, Llanelli.

The family firm’s yellow banner is a recognisable landmark within many communities and is currently undergoing a makeover.

The iconic yellow is still be a feature of the branding, but it has been updated with a chic black design.

Operations Director Russell Jenkins said: “We are very proud of the new-look and plan to continue the roll out of the new designs and refurbishment, it brings a more modern feel to the design and layout of the stores. We want our customers to have the best possible experience when they visit us, so it’s important we keep improving and updating.”

As part of the investment, Jenkins have also purchased new Merrychef ovens to expand the product range offered, with 10 stores now having the ability to make paninis and serve hot savouries on request.

Investments have also been made in new serving counters and fridges.

The bigger stores have coffee shops for customers to enjoy a hearty sit-down breakfast or lunch, and other stores have had smaller seating areas created for customers to sit and relax with their coffees and treats.

The refurbishments will continue into 2020.

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