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Major investment completed at Coedcae School

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A £6.7​M investment has been completed at Llanelli’s Coedcae School to include a new science block and refurbishment of the existing building.

The official opening will take place net ​Thursday (​Dec 7​)​ at ​1:45pm, which will include entertainment by the pupils, unveiling of the plaque and speeches by dignitaries.

The scheme was delivered through the county council’s Modernising Education Programme (MEP).

It included an extension to replace an old block with a new science block, removal of mobile accommodation and refurbishment of the existing building.

Improvements to transport and pedestrian access were also carried out with covered walkways throughout the site.
Half the funding for the scheme came from a Welsh Government grant, through its 21st Century Schools initiative, and the other half from the council’s MEP.

Education executive board member Cllr Glynog Davies, who will perform the official opening, said: “This investment will provide first class facilities for pupils at Coedcae.

“It will provide young people with an excellent working environment to help them reach their full potential.”

A music and technology centre was also delivered at Coedcae as part of the Llanelli Vocational Village project.
The village is a pioneering scheme developed specifically to offer top of the range learning opportunities for secondary schoolchildren in the Llanelli area.

A construction skills centre of excellence, built on the site of Bryngwyn School, is one of the elements which has already been completed.

A specialist catering training facility will be developed at St John Lloyd Catholic School; a performing arts and media facility at Ysgol Y Strade; and a caring and child care facility at Glan y Môr.

Pupils can attend any of the five elements that make up the village, regardless of which school they go to, creating a person-centred approach to vocational learning.

Cllr Davies added: “The Vocational Village will increase the number and range of courses available to pupils aged between 14 and 19.

“It will be delivered through collaboration between the schools, Coleg Sir Gar, work based providers and the voluntary sector.

“The village will offer the right facilities to achieve high standards in pupils’ chosen courses.”

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Global Litter Charity has announced the date of its next Welsh litter picking event

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Uocean project Carmarthenshire weekend clean up taking place on Saturday 25th September 21 at Pembrey Country Park

THE UOCEAN Project, part of the Vayyu Foundation, which has set itself the target of removing 1 billion kilos of waste from the world’s oceans by 2030, will be holding its next litter collection taskforce event at Pembrey Country Park  in Carmarthenshire.

Everyone is invited to join The UOcean Project volunteers and to make a difference by collecting litter, especially plastics, which are polluting our environment and ending up in the world’s oceans.  The UOcean Project has highlighted the dramatic increase in litter from plastic bags to face masks since lockdown restrictions were lifted, making it even more important to clean-up and reduce waste pollution. 

Chris Desai, head of The UOcean Project commented. “Picking up one plastic bottle or single use face mask may not appear to be significant, but at each event we are collecting many kilos of plastic because more and more individuals are joining our litter picking teams.

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The combined collections here and overseas are the only way to make a difference and start fighting back against pollution.” 

The UOcean Project organises litter pick-up teams who work across the UK, especially around coastlines, as well as internationally.  By organising volunteers into Chapters and providing them with the tools and equipment to pick up litter, they have already collected 53,000 kilos of waste which would have ended up in the seas.  

All volunteers are provided with the equipment needed to safely pick up litter so that it can be disposed of in the right way.  For more information about The UOcean Project please go to the website www.theuoceanproject.com

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Warning! Dangerous Valium circulating in Llanelli

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the drugs being distributed and used in the Llanelli area at present could be extremely dangerous

Warning! Dangerous Valium circulating in

POLICE are warning drug users in Llanelli to take extra care following information received that dangerous valium is circulating in the area.

A Dyfed-Powys Police spokesperson said: “We have reasons to believe that the drugs being distributed and used in the Llanelli area at present could be extremely dangerous for anyone taking them.

“We would also appeal to drug users to seek medical attention immediately should they become unwell.

“Please share this information with anyone that you believe could come into contact with these drugs.”

To seek advice and support, visit https://barod.cymru/where-to-get-help/west-wales-services/ddas-dyfed-drug-and-alcohol-service/

Please be aware that some services may operate an automated service outside office hours.

In an emergency, or if you think someone’s life is at risk, always dial 999.

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Parents warned to look out for respiratory illness in children

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RSV is a common respiratory illness which is usually picked up by children during the winter season

RESPIRATORY Syncytial Virus (RSV) is circulating amongst children and toddlers in the Hywel Dda area (Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire)  

Hywel Dda UHB Medical Director and Deputy Chief Executive Dr Philip Kloer said: “Because of the COVID restrictions, there have been few cases of RSV during the pandemic, but this virus has returned and in higher numbers now people are mixing more.

“RSV is a common respiratory illness which is usually picked up by children during the winter season, and causes very few problems to the majority of children.  However, very young babies, particularly those born prematurely, and children with heart or lung conditions, can be seriously affected and it’s important that parents are aware of the actions to take.”

Parents are being encouraged to look out for symptoms of severe infection in at-risk children, including:

*a high temperature of 37.8°C or above (fever)

*a dry and persistent cough, difficulty feeding, rapid or noisy breathing (wheezing).

The best way to prevent RSV is to wash hands with soap and water or hand sanitiser regularly, dispose of used tissues correctly, and to keep surfaces clean and sanitised.

Most cases of bronchiolitis are not serious and clear up within 2 to 3 weeks, but you should contact your GP or call NHS 111 if:

  • You are worried about your child.
  • Your child has taken less than half their usual amount during the last two or three feeds, or they have had a dry nappy for 12 hours or more.
  • Your child has a persistent high temperature of 37.8C or above.
  • Your child seems very tired or irritable.

Dial 999 for an ambulance if:

  • your baby is having difficulty breathing
  • your baby’s tongue or lips are blue
  • there are long pauses in your baby’s breathing
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