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Diversionary Scheme launched in Dyfed-Powys

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A NEW initiative was launched on the 1 st November which will aim to divert low level offenders away from the criminal justice system and reduce reoffending in the Dyfed-Powys Police force area.


The Diversion Scheme will enable eligible offenders to get the support and guidance they need to keep out of the criminal justice system. Only individuals who have committed a low level offence which is eligible for an out-of-court disposal will be accepted on to the scheme.


Individuals identified as the highest risk of offending will be excluded from the scheme and will be dealt with via traditional criminal justice disposals.
A successful pilot of the scheme began in 2016 as a Women’s Pathfinder in Pembrokeshire.


The pilot was widened in 2018 to a diversionary scheme for all eligible offenders in Pembrokeshire with an aim of providing a force-wide scheme.


Police and Crime Commissioner Dafydd Llywelyn said: “I’m pleased to be in a position to see the new Diversionary scheme come to fruition in the
force. This is a significant development from our initial pilot that focussed mainly on women offenders.

Critically what it does is give people a second chance. When people come in to the criminal justice system, this is an opportunity for them to go through a diversionary scheme which will work with them as a person, trying to understand the reasons behind their offending and providing them with the appropriate help. Evidence shows that this approach leads to reductions in reoffending. By reducing the offending we obviously reduce
the number of victims in the force area and that can only be a good thing for our communities.”


“I am looking forward to working with Pobl Care & Support who have been awarded the contract to provide the essential support and guidance to offenders within the Diversionary scheme.”


As part of the Pobl Group, Pobl Care & Support is a leading provider of care and support services to people living in Wales and the South West of England, specifically aimed at improving lives and enabling independence.


Annette Brenchley. Area Manager Pembrokeshire and Ceredigion, Pobl Care & Support, commented: “From a provider’s perspective it’s a privilege to deliver such a culture and game changing initiative. Having worked on the pilot project we know this is a scheme that is evidenced to reduce demands on other services, impact positively on those who engage in the targeted programme of interventions and make our communities safer by reducing re-offending.”


PCC Llywelyn added: “This initiative seeks to tackle the root cause of offending and associated health and community related issues. The multi-agency approach will seek to address offending behaviour at a much earlier stage in a person’s offending journey and improve awareness of and access to support services for eligible offenders committing low level offences.”


“I recently spoke to Maria Hardwick who, like many people, went through a very difficult time in her life. After coming into contact with the police she was offered, and benefitted greatly from being on, the Women’s pathfinder pilot in Pembrokeshire. I would like to thank Maria for being brave and willing to speak publically about her experience.”


Speaking about her experience on the scheme Maria said “….it was a much needed intervention for me…” ……“I felt very supported, there was no
judgement at all, no assumptions, so yes, a very valuable experience for me”……. “I’d highly recommend Pathfinders, if I can change so can anyone.”


Follow the link to the video to hear PCC Llywelyn talk about the scheme and to listen to Maria’s story https://www.dyfed-powys.police.uk/en/newsroom/press- releases/diversionary-scheme-launched-in-dyfed-powys-police-force-area/

Chief Constable Mark Collins said: “This initiative will provide tailored support and intervention to those accepted onto the scheme at the earliest opportunity. Many low level offenders, like Maria, may possibly be victims themselves and the support they will receive will hopefully help them address underlying issues, build positive relationships and reduce re-offending across Dyfed-Powys.

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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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Community radio gets Assembly boost

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A COMMUNITY radio body should be set up to provide practical and effective support for Wales’ network of community radio stations, says a National Assembly for Wales Committee.
A report from the Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Committee, also recommends establishing a closer relationship with the BBC and commercial radio stations to share knowledge, access to resources and help with talent development.
Community radio was introduced following legislation, in order to introduce a new tier of radio broadcasting in the UK, focused specifically on community engagement. There are currently eleven community radio stations in Wales.
Ten stations, Calon FM, Tudno FM, BRfm, Radio Tircoed, Radio Glan Clwyd, Môn FM, Radio Cardiff, Rhondda Radio, Bro Radio and GTFM are already on air with Radio Aber aiming to start broadcasting soon.
The Committee’s short report into community radio in Wales contains a total of eight recommendations and is published based on information gathered during a Community Radio Symposium held on 20 June 2019 at The Atrium in Cardiff.
People from all community stations, academia, commercial radio, the BBC and members of the Committee attended the symposium to discuss a range of issues including where stations could collaborate (both within the community radio sector and with commercial radio/the BBC) and solutions to common problems.
The first recommendation published in the report is that the Welsh Government should fund a community radio body for Wales to offer practical support to stations, perform a representative role and co-ordinate cross station knowledge sharing. Practical support might include performing common tasks for stations like HR, marketing or grant writing.
The body should also help forge links between community stations and commercial and BBC radio, to help volunteers gain experience and develop skills across Wales.
The Committee also recommends that community radio is given access to the output of the BBC’s Local Democracy Reporting Service and are given first refusal with a preferential rate when the BBC sell off equipment they no longer need.
Bethan Sayed AM, Chair of the Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Committee: “During our work into community radio stations in Wales, we discovered the wide range of benefits that these stations provide the communities they serve, as a community link and hyperlocal news provider. They also provide a route for people to gain valuable training and experience in radio, whether they are interested in a career or just want to learn new skills and meet new people.
“Early into the symposium event, we saw for ourselves the value of networking as representatives from one station managed to help another with advice on a long-term technical issue. This affirmed our opinion that radio stations must be given opportunities to share knowledge and help each other. A Community Radio Body, funded by the Welsh Government, would co-ordinate this network and provide much needed practical support for both on-air and non-studio roles.
“We also believe that the sector would benefit greatly from closer co-operation with the BBC and commercial radio stations and sharing access to the BBC’s Local Democracy Reporting Service would enable them to cover their local authority proceedings as part of a valuable hyperlocal service.”
Labour’s Carmarthen West & South Pembrokeshire Candidate Marc Tierney, who has extensive experience in commercial and community radio, told The Herald: ““I am pleased that Assembly Members have taken an interest in developing the Community Radio sector here in Wales. Over the years, community radio in Wales has been one step behind other parts of the United Kingdom due to various restrictions imposed by the regulator which has, due to our rurality and lower population, made it more difficult to establish stations here.
“At a time when commercial stations are consolidating and regionalising or even nationalising their output, the community sector can fill a vital gap in providing programme content that meets the needs of our diverse communities. As someone who started work in Commercial Radio almost twenty years ago, I understand the importance of a vibrant local media that gives a voice to communities, provides access to local news and current affairs and offers training opportunities for young people.
“The future of radio is very certainly now DAB and this report gives a welcome push to Ofcom, the communications regulator, to do all it can to embrace community broadcasting and to support the sector in empowering communities in every corner of Wales.”

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