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Successful community meal in Elim Church

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THE DISCOVERY SVS (Student Volunteer Services) is a volunteer-led registered charity. The charity’s aim is to enrich the lives of people in Swansea through their voluntary work. At present they currently have around 300 student volunteers who are busy getting involved in over 40 voluntary projects all over the local community. The organisation envisages a community where people are treated as equals and are not discriminated against or disadvantaged by society.

Last week, 10 students organised a community meal, part of a new partnership formed between Discovery SVS, Tesco and the Elim Church. The 10 students cooked a meal with food that was donated by Pontarddulais Tesco, providing a banquet using the Elim Church facilities for 48 people, all of whom lived local in the community of Hendy and Pontarddulais and surrounding areas. Hopefully this new partnership will be taking place again in few weeks time, where different student volunteers will be coming to the Light House at Elim Church to hold a similar event.

The Food Cloud Scheme is also a registered charity. whose objective is to save food that was once destined to end up in a landfill and also to improve people’s well-being. The bulk of the food they donate to charitable organisations is fresh food which has past its ‘display by’ date, but is still within a ‘use by’ date. The charities the Food Share Cloud Scheme work with can be found across the whole of the UK. Just last year alone, 12,336 tonnes of fresh food once destined for landfill was given to local charities to help people in need, and a total of 5,589 charities were supported. As a result, this equates to a total of 25.8 million meals donated across the UK.

Tesco in Pontarddulais supports several charities, including Elim Church, whose volunteers organise and distribute the food gifted on a daily basis to those that need it and for this support the local community says a big thank you.

LLOYDS MOBILE BANKING VAN TIMES CONFIRMED

THE LOCAL Area Manager for Lloyds Bank, David Alford, has now confirmed the times of the new mobile banking van that will be visiting Pontarddulais when the local branch closes. The van will be situated outside the Scout Hall, in their car park on Water Street, on Mondays between 9.45am-1.45pm, on Wednesdays between 9.45am- 11.45am and on Fridays between 9.45am-11am. The vehicle is disabled friendly and if fully equipped with satellite technology and WiFi, and Mr Alford advised that staff will be able to offer all the services that they once offered in the local branch.

DEFIBRILLATOR TRAINING AT FUNSTERS

FUNSTERS Bounce Play Factory, based in Hendy Industrial Estate, have kindly offered their premises for a community defibrillator training day. It will be held on Wednesday, March 8 at 11am. The training will be conducted by fully trained medics and volunteers from My Cariad, a registered charity. The training takes approximately one and a half hours and they will teach basic life saving skills, including the correct use of a defibrillator. The new defibrillators will be located in the villages of Hendy and Fforest. There will be five defibrillators in the community; four have been installed thanks to a successful lottery funding bid of £4,000 made by the Hendy and Communities Parks Committee. Anyone who wants to learn life-saving skills is welcome to attend.

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New ward extension opens at Werndale Hospital

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WERNDALE Hospital opens its £1millon ward extension, featuring a suite of new spacious patient en-suite rooms and additional light and airy ward space for new nurses’ stations, new technology and medical equipment, in pleasant and comfortable spaces. 

Werndale is part of Circle Health Group, the UK’s largest provider of private healthcare. The group is carrying out a £125 million redevelopment programme across its 50 hospitals in the UK.

Werndale has a strong history in the village of Bancyfelin, where is has been serving the local communities of Wales for over 32 years.

James Davies, Wales and Scarlets rugby player, from Bancyfelin, cut the ribbon to mark the official opening on Monday 1st August. His nickname “Cubby”, is reference to his brother’s nickname, “Fox”; this refers to the Fox & Hounds pub their parents ran in Bancyfelin, the village where they grew up. Staff and consultants were given the chance to view the new extension, with a small gathering to mark the occasion and celebrate all the hard work that has gone into this project over the last 12 months.

Jacky Jones, Executive Director of Werndale Hospital said: “The investment programme is an exciting opportunity to expand what we can offer to patients at Werndale. Our staff and consultants are delighted with this expansion which will allow us to meet the private healthcare needs of patients and families in Wales and will decrease waiting times which will positively impact the patient’s experience. Having the new patient rooms here increases our ward capacity by 20%, it is a great investment”.

Gaynor Llewellyn, Director of Clinical Services said: “At Werndale we are committed to continuous improvement of clinical facilities and services. We continually invest in the hospital so that we can offer our patients and consultants reassurance when they visit us for treatments”.

Werndale Hospital is seeing increased demand for its services across all specialities particularly orthopaedic surgery, ophthalmology, and general surgery. Nearly 4,000 patients had surgery at Werndale Hospital, Bancyfelin during 2021 and the new investment will enable ward capacity to be increased by 25 per cent.

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M4 closed westbound following lorry fire near Swansea

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A SECTION of the M4 near Swansea was shut on Monday (Aug 8) due to a vehicle fire.

The westbound section of the motorway, between junction 47 at Penllergaer and junction 48 at Hendy closed.

Emergency services were called to the scene, and there was queuing traffic in the area.

Traffic monitoring service Inrix reported: “M4 Westbound closed, queueing traffic due to vehicle fire between J47 A48 (Penllergaer / Swansea West Services) and J48 A4138 Pontardulais Road”

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Police appeal after Llanelli assault: victim required hospital treatment

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DYFED POWYS POLICE is investigating an assault which occurred on Regalia Terrace, Llanelli, Carmarthenshire at about 12.05am, Sunday 3rd July.

The victim required hospital treatment.

Officers have carried out all possible lines of enquiry, and are now appealing for help from the public.

They would like to identify the person in the CCTV image, who may have information that could help the investigation.

Anyone who knows who the person is, or if you believe you are pictured, contact Dyfed-Powys Police.

This can also be done either online at: https://bit.ly/DPPContactOnline, by emailing 101@dyfed-powys.police.uk or phoning 101.

If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.

Please quote reference DP-20220703-011

Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555111, or visiting crimestoppers-uk.org.

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