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Disabled woman left without help over Christmas




Abandoned at Christmas: Jackie was left with jam and bread.

A YOUNG woman with spina bifida has been left to her own devices over Christmas and told that both social services and Carmarthenshire County Council will not be meeting to discuss her circumstances until January 10.

Meanwhile the woman, Jackie, is living off bread and jam and has no means of cooking and is unable to even reach the sink as it has not been adapted.

The Herald received an urgent plea for help from the young woman’s friend, Julia Burns, who said: “Jackie has been moved around hotels in Llanelli for weeks before being rehoused in a bungalow by Carmarthenshire County Council after repeatedly asking for adaptions to her previous bungalow. She has been rehoused, following disability hate crimes by neighbours who were harassing her, as well as throwing bricks at her windows.”

Julia also told The Herald that Jackie has not been aided by the police.

She said: “This had been reported to the Police on several occasions and their failure to act led to a bout of severe depression, when she was frightened to leave her property or let her dogs out. As a result of this, social services moved her out at a moment’s notice, took her dogs and forced her to sign a rehoming document for her dogs, which she believed would be returned when she was rehoused.”

Speaking about Jackie’s dire circumstances at Christmas Julia said: “She has no means of cooking – if her microwave had been returned then she would at least have been able to reheat microwave dinners or cook herself something hot, so is reduced to eating bread and jam most of the time.”

Hygiene has also become an issue for the severely disabled young woman. Julia told us: “She does not have enough clothes to be able to go to a launderette and wash them once a week. Her washing machine and tumble dryer have also not been returned along with TV, music, 3 piece suite furniture and home contents along with her electric wheelchair.”

The Herald visited Jackie at her home in Llanelli and we saw for ourselves how bad her circumstances are.

Her Bungalow is entirely empty of furniture except for her bed and wheelchair. She says that her belongings have not been returned. Her companion bichon frise pedigree dogs were also taken away from her and have not been returned. Julia told us that Jackie had been informed that Carmarthenshire County Council staff have destroyed all her worldly goods.

Julia was quite forthright in her view of the council and Social Services. She said: “Treating a disabled person in this manner, is despicable and although reported to the Council it is not being properly addressed as a priority. She has been given a voucher and has bought bedding and a few things for her home but no electrical or white goods which she desperately needs. She was given a hamper from the food bank, which is mainly tins of food which she cannot heat and promised monies for white goods, not yet received, are not enough to replace all the items she had previously.”

Thankfully, the Salvation Army has kindly offered Jackie a Christmas Day dinner and celebrations or she would have been left to sit alone with nothing but bread and jam.

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Llanelli Town Mayor hosted the Easter Family Fun Day



Llanelli Town Mayor David Darkin and Mayoress Kim Darkin with Cllr Suzy Curry and Cllr John Prosser also Nia Nia Griffith MP

ON Saturday 20th April Llanelli Town Mayor hosted the Easter Family Fun Day in the Selwyn Samuel Centre Arena.

The day was a huge success and raised lots of money for the mayors chosen charities – the main charity bring CYCA which provides support to children and young people in Carmarthenshire.

Attendees were treated to taster sport sessions with Rugby Tots, a selection of songs from Shrek Jr from the Hive Theatre Company, magic and fun from Crazy Clayton and a very special visit from Belle who sung songs and played games with the children.

Emergency services information stalls

The event was supported by many local community groups and even had a fire engine pop in for a visit.

Asda llanelli donated some of the Easter eggs and a huge thank you to other raffle prize donors including Joe’s ice cream, hungry horse and berridge-Jones photography.

Cllr David Darkin would like to thank everyone who supported and gave their time to make the event the success it was.

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Wales’ Largest Ever Coastal Walking Festival Launches May



THIS May a new walking festival celebrating seven years of the 870-mile coast path will take place. The festival’s aim is to encourage locals across Wales to get outdoors, meet new people and appreciate the beautiful Welsh landscapes.

Walks will cover seven coastal regions will be organised by the Wales Coast Path and Ramblers Cymru.

The festival not only aims to showcase Wales’ beautiful coastline and countless natural assets, the Wales Coast Path Walking Festival will also boost local tourism along the path whilst encouraging residents to come together to celebrate the country’s iconic coastline.

Taking place 4th -19th May 2019, the festival will feature over 40 new guided walks created by Ramblers Cymru. The festival programme has been specifically designed to suit all ages and abilities, with the majority of the walks free to join.

From fully accessible and short family walks tonature walks and more challenging hikes, the festival aims to encourage people to enjoy outdoor exercise while exploring Wales’ iconic coastline. All walks will be led by experienced guides offering insights into the unique wildlife, fascinating history and culture that can be found along the way.

Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism, Lord Elis-Thomas, said: “This festival is set to be an excellent addition to Wales’ Year of Discovery and a way for visitors and locals to discover more about our unique Wales Coast Path. I’m delighted that the guided walks will encourage people to find out more about the landscape, history and wildlife associated with the coastal path and will also be an excellent way to be active while discovering more of Wales.”

Local authorities for each of the seven coastal regions, which include South Wales, The Gower, Ceredigion, the Llŷn Peninsula, Pembrokeshire, Carmarthen, and North Wales, will help support the event, along with partners National Resources Wales, Pembrokeshire Coast National Park and a number of charities including Keep Wales Tidy.

The festival, which coincides with Visit Wales’ Year of Discovery 2019, will follow a theme of discovery which will be prominent throughout. The Wales Coast Path is the world’s first uninterrupted route along a national coast and gives hikers access to undiscovered sections of the coast with stunning views, rugged landscapes and rare wildlife.

To learn more about the Wales Coast Path walking festival or book walks visit:

Register to attend the festival:

Admission free (additional charges for linear walks where transport is required).

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Swansea Bay City Deal leaders are supporting Neath Port Talbot Council’s proposals for changes



SWANSEA Bay City Deal leaders are supporting Neath Port Talbot Council’s proposal to amend some of their projects due to be part-funded by the £1.3 billion investment programme.

Any amended or enhanced projects, they say, will be progressed through City Deal governance and approval processes before submission to the Welsh Government and UK Government for consideration.

This follows on from the City Deal’s Joint Committee accepting all recommendations arising from two reviews into the City Deal, which included enabling flexibility in the investment programme to bring new projects in if they’re beneficial to the region.

Cllr Rob Stewart, Swansea Bay City Deal Joint Committee Chairman, says a Neath Port Talbot Council call for the City Deal to change approach is also being put in place.

Cllr Stewart said: “As a Joint Committee, we have accepted all recommendations from the City Deal reviews, and work is ongoing to implement them as soon as possible.

“These include the appointment of an independent programme director to manage the City Deal, as well as flexibility to amend or enhance projects forming part of the investment programme if they’re good for the region.

“The City Deal is still at an early stage of its development, but we’re doing all we can to make governance and project approval processes more efficient to speed up the investment programme’s delivery.

“It would be too great a risk for communities and businesses in Neath Port Talbot to miss out on City Deal investment, so we stand ready to help Neath Port Talbot Council move their projects forward.

“All City Deal partners remain committed to delivery. It’s widely recognised that the City Deal presents a once in a generation opportunity to create considerable economic growth and well-paid jobs across the region as a whole.”

The independent review into the City Deal commissioned by both governments recommended immediate approval for two City Deal projects – the ‘Yr Egin’ creative sector development in Carmarthen, and the Swansea City and Waterfront Digital District.

Cllr Stewart said: “We expect funds to be released for these projects imminently.

“We also welcome Neath Port Talbot Council’s continued commitment to the regional Homes as Power Stations project, which will help people save money on their energy bills by introducing cutting-edge energy-efficient technology to both new houses and existing buildings throughout South West Wales.”

The Swansea Bay City Deal investment programme is due to be funded by the UK Government, the Welsh Government, the public sector and the private sector. It’s being led by the four regional councils – Carmarthenshire, Neath Port Talbot, Pembrokeshire and Swansea – in partnership with the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Swansea University, Hywel Dda University Health Board and Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board.

The City Deal is projected to create over 9,000 high-quality jobs and give the regional economy a £1.8 billion boost in coming years.

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