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Antioch Centre receives award for inspirational efforts

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WCVA Third Sector Awards Hilton Hotel 4th Feb 2016.

WCVA Third Sector Awards Hilton Hotel 4th Feb 2016.

AN ORGANISATION from Llanelli has won an award in the Wales Council for Voluntary Action Third Sector Awards Cymru 2015.

At the awards ceremony in the Cardiff Hilton Hotel, the Antioch Centre was awarded runners up for ‘Most Admired Organisation.’ This category recognises organisations that are highly respected by their communities for their inspirational work and the causes they represent.

Antioch Centre finance manager Deb Chapman said:  “Antioch Centre has been working in the community for over 20 years and we have taken a derelict warehouse with partial roofing and seen it transformed into a multi-functional, multi-purpose community facility.

“It is home to Crazy Maisie’s Play Station, Newid Recording Studio, as well as many aspects of our work in helping people who are struggling financially – from the Food/Clothes/Furniture Bank to events that support families in school holidays and at Christmas.”

The Antioch Centre has received support from Carmarthenshire County Council’s Community Bureau through its Key Account Management function. The aim of this is to support third sector organisations who could potentially provide benefits economically, in the forms of jobs, skills learning, and growth.

Support is provided in areas such as project management, economic growth, sustainability, marketing and PR, funding, recruitment and partnership working with other third sector and public organisations.

The Antioch Centre has received support with information and guidance involving setting up its new innovative Social Enterprise – ‘Ail Gyfle.’

Working in partnership with Wales Community Rehabilitation Company, the centre has created three jobs and offered those in rehabilitation opportunities to learn new work related skills and also gain recognised qualifications.

Over the last year, it has become a ‘health hub’ – providing fitness classes, healthy cooking courses, mental health and patient care courses, and clinics taking place on a regular basis.

Chapman continued: “At the heart of what we do is creating contexts for people to flourish and many of the ideas for activities or events have come from local residents. We are often the ‘midwife’ for other people’s dreams and help them bring things to birth.

“Our latest partnership is with Wales CRC (Probation) and we are soon to have the Official launch of Ail Gyfle-Second Chance Ltd, a green social enterprise that works with ex-offenders to engage, train and build their confidence and skills. Carmarthenshire County Council’s Community Bureau has been an enormous help in getting this off the ground and we are also grateful for the support from Morrison’s as well.

“Being voted runner up for the WCVA Award 2015 for the most inspiring organisation is a huge affirmation of the volunteers, staff, partners and local residents who have all contributed to this amazing journey over the last 20 years. This award has come at a timely moment as we hand over to the next generation of leaders for them to take things forward.”

Executive board member for regeneration and leisure Cllr Meryl Gravell said: “I’m delighted that the Antioch Centre has received this recognition for its good work in the community. Well done to all concerned.

“I would also like to thank our Community Bureau for the invaluable support it has provided to help the Antioch Centre to operate so effectively.”

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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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