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Pathfinder scheme to help female offenders

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From L to R: Dyfed- Powys Police and Crime Commissioner Christopher Salmon, Gwalia’s Lyndsay Bone and Ceri Page, Ella Rabaiotti of the Wales Community Rehabilitation Company and Sgt Darren Moore, of Dyfed-Powys Police

From L to R: Dyfed- Powys Police and Crime Commissioner Christopher Salmon, Gwalia’s Lyndsay Bone and Ceri Page, Ella Rabaiotti of the Wales Community Rehabilitation Company and Sgt Darren Moore, of Dyfed-Powys Police

A NEW initiative has been launched to reduce offending and re-offending by women in Dyfed-Powys.

Low-risk offenders and those thought likely to offend will be guided through the innovative Women’s Pathfinder Diversion Scheme.

It aims to prevent crime and help women fix their lives. Most will have complex needs, possibly being victims themselves. The support will help them address underlying issues, avoid trouble and help build relationships.

Dyfed-Powys elected Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Christopher Salmon said: “I want to give women every chance of staying away from crime.

“Pathfinder will give them the help they need and will, as a result, make our communities safer.”

Mr Salmon and Wales’ other three PCCs secured Home Office funding of around £235,000 to run a Pathfinder pilot in each force area.

The first Dyfed-Powys pilot will operate in Pembrokeshire where around 850 women are arrested each year; more than 50 of them will be suitable for the initiative. For duration of the pilot, all women arrested and taken to Haverfordwest Police Station will be considered for the scheme.

Pathfinder workers – from housing, care and support organisation Grwp Gwalia – will work with the police to agree appropriate interventions or services. This may be housing support, debt advice, access to mental health services, domestic abuse support, substance misuse help or another service.

Women’s Pathfinder is an Integrated Offender Management (IOM) Cymru partnership scheme led by the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) in Wales and the four police forces in Wales.

The Pembrokeshire pilot was officially launched on March 1, when criminal justice partners and associates met at the Pembrokeshire Agricultural Society, Haverfordwest.

Dyfed-Powys Police Sgt Darren Moore, said: “Pathfinder is about intervening at the earliest opportunity to provide support and prevent escalation of offending behaviour.

“It also ensures that those already in the criminal justice system have the support they need to move away from trouble and play a positive role in their families and neighbourhoods.”

Andrew Vye, Director of Housing and Support for Gwalia, said: “Pathfinder helps ensure that support agencies which work alongside the criminal justice system work in unison.

“When those at risk of re-offending receive the support they need from the correct agencies at the correct time, they are more likely to break the cycle.

“Earlier multi-agency intervention helps us achieve positive outcomes for local victims, families and the wider communities.”

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Further childcare hub opening in Llanelli

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AN additional childcare hub has opened in Llanelli this week (w/c Monday, May 25) due to increasing demand to provide care for children of critical workers and vulnerable children.

It will be located at Ysgol Ffwrnes in Llanelli and follows the opening of an extra three hubs at Bryn Primary School in Llanelli, Model Primary School in Carmarthen and Ysgol Tycroes.

It is important that numbers are kept low at the hubs to ensure the health and safety of both the children and staff.

Parents are being reminded to keep their children at home where possible to help contain the spread of coronavirus (Covid-19). However, if you are a critical worker, and your child cannot stay at home, then your childcare will be prioritised.

Parents should only apply for childcare to cover their working hours; and are also being reminded to please cancel as soon as possible if they no longer need the provision.

Please note the timetable for applications to the childcare hubs has also changed, and that applications now close at 5pm on the Wednesday of the week before.

Unfortunately, we will no longer be able to consider any applications made after deadline. Due to the significant increase in demand for places at our hubs we must make sure they are staffed sufficiently. The health and safety of both staff and pupils is vital and has to be our main priority.

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How Wales created 19 new field hospitals in less than 8 weeks…

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Across Wales the Welsh Government is supporting the NHS to create new field hospitals and rapidly increase bed capacity.
Health boards have repurposed existing buildings, including the Principality Stadium, a holiday park and even a television studio to provide an additional 6,000 beds.Field hospitals are designed to support the NHS during the coronavirus pandemic by providing extra bed capacity but they will also help normal hospital services be restarted and support social care services.Last month, the first patients were admitted to Ysbyty Calon y Ddraig at the Principality Stadium, in Cardiff.

Four to six weeks

Here is how Wales almost doubled its bed capacity in less than eight weeks…The time it has taken to nearly double hospital bed capacity in Wales, creating field hospitals across the nation.

19 field hospitals in Wales
This includes the repurposing of Bluestone Holiday Park and Parc y Scarlets in west Wales and Venue Cymru in north Wales.

1,500 beds at the Ysbyty Calon y Ddraig
Making it one of the largest field hospitals in the UK.

Five days
The length of time it took to plan Ysbyty Calon y Ddraig, which overlapped with the build phase.

3,000
The number of planning hours, involving more than 20 different disciplines, it took to plan Ysbyty Calon y Ddraig.

£166m
Welsh Government funding for the set up, construction and equipment for field hospitals in Wales.

138,000
The number of pieces of equipment have been provided to help support field hospitals, including beds, imaging equipment, syringe drivers and medicines.

Three North Wales field hospitals have the name Enfys
Meaning rainbow – the symbol of hope and thank you to the NHS during the pandemic.
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7-year-old Mattie from Pembrey takes on home Pen y Fan-tastic challenge for Action for Children

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Plucky Mattie Denman will climb the equivalent of Pen y Fan in the drive at her family home in Pembrey on Friday 22nd May to raise funds for Action for Children.

Mattie (7), has always wanted to climb the highest mountain in South Wales and is unable to currently because of the coronavirus pandemic.  As the family exercise at home every day, she decided she wanted to do the 6-mile equivalent journey there while she waits for the chance to do it for real.  Mattie chose Action for Children as her mother, Sian, works for the charity in Carmarthenshire.

Mattie said: ‘My Mammy works for Action for Children and I want to help as well because lots of families need help.  My older brother and sister help Action for Children, so I asked Mammy if I could do something. We exercise everyday walking up and down the drive and I have always wanted to climb Pen y Fan, but we have never done it.

‘Mammy said I could pretend I am walking it and people will give money to the charity. I said brilliant, that is what I am going to do and I am super excited to do it. I will use mammy’s step counter and I hope I can help children that need support especially because it is so hard for some families because of coronavirus.’

Proud mum and family support practitioner for Action for Children, Sian, added: ‘Mattie has a lovely heart and really wanted to do something and I’m very proud she chose Pen y Fan as her home challenge.  Action for Children has been going the extra mile during the coronavirus pandemic continuing to support vulnerable families through phone and video sessions as well as food and help with the basics from our Emergency Appeal Fund. 

‘It is a tremendously challenging time for our families and every bit of money will directly help those in our communities who need it most.  I hope as many people as possible will donate to Mattie’s brilliant fundraising effort, it’ll make it even more special when we finally get to climb Pen y Fan for real.’

If you want to support Mattie’s Pen y Fan challenge please go to: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/mattiesclimb

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