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Young pupils promote healthy lifestyle

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The Kidwelly pupils: Doing a great job so far

The Kidwelly pupils: Doing a great job so far

LEADING the way in getting fellow pupils active are sporting champions Matthew Williams, Jac Walters, Katelyn Maule-Jones and Chloe Smith of Ysgol y Castell. The Kidwelly pupils, Matthew, Jac, Katelyn and Chloe, have been encouraging children to try a variety of sports and have even set up two weekly clubs during lunch break. In addition the 11 and 12-year-olds have given their break time to sell fruit and are already planning to set up a Foundation Phase club after Christmas. They also help organise after school sports clubs by promotion of timetables, classroom talks and posters. The four Year 6 pupils attended Bronze Young Ambassador training earlier this year as part of the Young Ambassador programme delivered by the council’s sports and leisure team.

Part of their role is to encourage and inspire other children in their school to take part in sport and physical activity by running lunchtime clubs. The aim of the programme is to get more people, more active, more often. There are three stages at county level – bronze, silver and gold – that start at primary school age, right through to university level. Carmarthenshire student Theo Davies-Lewis is a Platinum Young Ambassador and their voices are heard on sporting matters across Wales. The executive board member for leisure, Councillor Meryl Gravell, said: “The ambassador programme is going from strength to strength across Carmarthenshire and it’s wonderful to see the schoolchildren taking on their roles with such enthusiasm.” Plans to set up a school council is also on the ambassadors agenda as well as running a competition to design an athletics vest if a sponsor can be found. If you can help, then please contact the school. The council’s sport and leisure officer, Hayley Lewis said: “The ambassadors are very keen and dedicated as well as being excellent role models for sport. They play a vital part in achieving the county’s vision of getting more people, more active, more often.”

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  1. Bariatric Eating

    April 13, 2017 at 10:02 am

    Good to know that there kids promote healthy lifestyle. At an early age, they need to learn how important it is to be healthy and fit. This will make everyone aware also to start becoming healthy as well.

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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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Pop-up craft stalls return to St Elli

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LLANELLI’S St Elli Shopping Centre is once again playing host to a fantastic group of pop-up craft stalls today and tomorrow (Mar 1-2).

Following on from a highly successful outing just before Christmas, the ‘Pert A Blasus Pop-Up Emporium’ will see a variety of crafters take to the Atrium to sell their handmade crafts.

A group of friends who met whilst running stalls at craft markets around South Wales, Pert A Blasus brings together a host of skill sets and backgrounds – including a former kitchen fitter and scaffolder, a former clerical assistant, and a primary school teacher.

Primary school teacher Jill Davies has been crafting most of her life as a hobby; however, seven years ago decided to launch ‘Dzines by Jill’, which sees her hand-decorate plain pieces of ceramic and household items with her own unique designs.

Jill also organises her own ‘Made it Markets’ in Neath.

Also on board with Pert A Blasus is Steve Kennedy, who is the brainchild of ‘Cut n Scroll’, where he hand cuts items from wood and enlists the help of his wife Tanya for painting and gemming; Wendy Taylor, also a primary school teacher, who completed a precious metal course at Gower College and now makes her own items for her ‘Simplicity by Silver’ stall; and Jill James who runs her ‘Pretty Cute Fairies’ stall.

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Bread and Jam for Christmas

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A young woman with Spina bifida has been left alone in an empty home with nothing but bread and jam to eat and with no cooking facilities. Jackie lives a stone’s throw from Llanelli Town Hall and yet she claims she has been abandoned by the County Council, her AM, her MP and Social Services. She faces a wait until January 10 before service providers meet to discuss her case.

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