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Range of topics for safeguarding week

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Hazardous co-sleeping with infants and adults who self-neglect are
among topics for discussion highlighted in National Safeguarding
Week in Mid and West Wales which runs from next Monday (4 th
November).

A wide-ranging programme is taking place throughout the week
across Pembrokeshire, Ceredigion, Carmarthenshire and Powys
including conferences, engagement events and workshops.

The programme has been co-ordinated by CWMPAS and CYSUR,
the Mid and West Wales Regional Safeguarding Board.

A highlight of the week is the Board’s annual conference at
Pembrokeshire College in Haverfordwest on Thursday, 14 th
November.


The keynote address is being delivered by Dr Eileen Munro, Emeritus
Professor of Social Policy at the London School of Economics.

Dr Munro is the author of the Munro Review of Child Protection – a
child-centred system which made a number of recommendations to
reform the child protection system from being over-bureaucratised to
one that keeps a focus on the child.

The conference will highlight key achievements across the region in
implementing the Signs of Safety approach to working with families.

Signs of Safety is a more inclusive, solution-focused approach which
encourages families to find their own solutions to the challenges they
may be experiencing.

During the week, the Safeguarding Board will also seek to raise
awareness of circumstances in which co-sleeping becomes unsafe,
as well as the dangers of self-neglect and hoarding.

Technology will also be a theme as the Board formally launches its
newly designed website and enhanced social media presence in
order to improve awareness of its work and functions.

The new All-Wales Protection Procedures is also due to launch while
Dyfed Powys Police will follow a comprehensive programme of
activities to engage schools and communities, focussing on a variety
of themes such as sexting, cyber-crime and exploitation.

Other events taking place in Pembrokeshire include the Junior
Safeguarding Conference during which secondary school pupils will
receive a safeguarding module devised by Pembrokeshire’s
Safeguardians. 

There will also be a County Lines workshop to be
facilitated by Fearless, a branch of Crimestoppers.

Carmarthenshire County Council will be facilitating consultation
with partner agencies to finalise the draft regional self-neglect policy.
Hywel Dda University Health Board will also hold a Learning Event
related to this theme as part of Safeguarding Week activities.

Events taking place across Powys include the formal launch of new
procedures relating to deprivation of liberty safeguards, as well as
training across Health Boards on a range of adult safeguarding issues
delivered jointly with Trading Standards and Police.

TESTUNAU AMRYWIOL AR GYFER YR WYTHNOS
DDIOGELU

Mae cyd-gysgu peryglus gyda babanod, ac oedolion sy’n hunan-
esgeuluso ymhlith testunau i’w trafod y tynnir sylw atynt yn yr
Wythnos Ddiogelu Genedlaethol yng Nghanolbarth a Gorllewin
Cymru sy’n rhedeg o ddydd Llun nesaf (4 Tachwedd).

Mae rhaglen eang yn cael ei chynnal trwy gydol yr wythnos ledled Sir
Benfro, Ceredigion, Sir Gaerfyrddin a Phowys yn cynnwys
cynadleddau, digwyddiadau ymgysylltu a gweithdai.

Cydgysylltwyd y rhaglen gan CWMPAS a CYSUR, Bwrdd Diogelu
Rhanbarthol Canolbarth a Gorllewin Cymru.

Un o uchafbwyntiau’r wythnos yw cynhadledd flynyddol y Bwrdd yng
Ngholeg Sir Benfro yn Hwlffordd ddydd Iau, 14 Tachwedd.

Cyflwynir y prif anerchiad gan Dr Eileen Munro, Athro Emeritws Polisi
Cymdeithasol yn Ysgol Economeg Llundain.

Dr Munro yw awdur Munro Review of Child Protection – a child-
centred system, a wnaeth nifer o argymhellion i ddiwygio’r system
amddiffyn plant o fod yn system or-fiwrocrataidd i un sy’n cynnal
ffocws ar y plentyn.

Bydd y gynhadledd yn tynnu sylw at y prif gyflawniadau ar draws y
rhanbarth o ran gweithredu’r ymagwedd Arwyddion Diogelwch wrth
weithio gyda theuluoedd.

Mae Arwyddion Diogelwch yn ymagwedd fwy cynhwysol, yn
canolbwyntio ar atebion, sy’n annog teuluoedd i ddod o hyd i’w
hatebion eu hunain i’r heriau y gallant fod yn eu hwynebu.

Yn ystod yr wythnos, bydd y Bwrdd Diogelu yn mynd ati hefyd i
gynyddu ymwybyddiaeth o amgylchiadau lle mae cyd-gysgu yn
anniogel, yn ogystal â pheryglon hunan-esgeuluso a chelcio.

Bydd technoleg yn thema hefyd wrth i’r Bwrdd lansio’i wefan yn ffurfiol
ar ei newydd gwedd, ynghyd â gwell presenoldeb yn y cyfryngau
cymdeithasol er mwyn gwella ymwybyddiaeth o’i waith a’i
swyddogaethau.

Bydd fersiwn newydd Gweithdrefnau Amddiffyn Cymru Gyfan yn cael
ei lansio hefyd, a bydd Heddlu Dyfed Powys yn dilyn rhaglen
gynhwysfawr o weithgareddau i ymgysylltu ag ysgolion a
chymunedau, gan ganolbwyntio ar amrywiaeth o themâu fel secstio,
seiberdroseddu a chamfanteisio.

Mae digwyddiadau eraill sy’n cael eu cynnal yn Sir Benfro yn
cynnwys y Gynhadledd Diogelu Plant Iau lle bydd disgyblion ysgolion
uwchradd yn derbyn modiwl diogelu a ddyfeisiwyd gan Warchodwyr
Sir Benfro. 

Hefyd, bydd gweithdy Llinellau Cyffuriau yn cael ei gynnal
gan Fearless, sef cangen o Crimestoppers.

Bydd Cyngor Sir Caerfyrddin yn hwyluso ymgynghoriad gydag
asiantaethau partner i roi’r wedd derfynol ar y polisi hunan-esgeuluso
rhanbarthol drafft. 

Hefyd, bydd Bwrdd Iechyd Prifysgol Hywel Dda yn
cynnal Digwyddiad Dysgu yn gysylltiedig â’r thema hon fel rhan o
weithgareddau’r Wythnos Ddiogelu.

Mae digwyddiadau sy’n cael eu cynnal ledled Powys yn cynnwys
lansio gweithdrefnau newydd yn ffurfiol yn ymwneud â threfniadau
diogelu wrth amddifadu o ryddid, yn ogystal â hyfforddiant ar draws
Byrddau Iechyd ar amrywiaeth o faterion diogelu oedolion a gyflwynir
ar y cyd â Safonau Masnach a’r Heddlu.

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Demolition of 4 Tys begins in Tyisha, Llanelli

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Four Tys

WORK to demolish the Four Tys housing blocks in Tyisha, Llanelli has started, marking the next exciting step in Carmarthenshire County Council’s plans to Transform the area. 

The demolition work is set to be completed by civil engineering contractor Walters over the next 20 weeks and will enable the build of modern, mixed-use housing which meets the needs of the community.

Improvements to existing homes and the creation of community facilities and green spaces will also form part of changes on the horizon for Tyisha. 

Cllr Linda Davies Evans, chair of the Transforming Tyisha steering group and cabinet member for housing said: “The demolition of the Four Tys marks an important step in the Transforming Tyisha project. Although this process will evoke powerful memories for many of the people who have lived and worked in Tyisha since the Four Tys were built in the 1960s, their demolition will enable us to provide the housing and facilities that the community needs.

Local residents and businesses who may be impacted by the demolition process will be contacted throughout to ensure minimum disruption.”

This forms a part of the council’s ambitious plans to regenerate the Tyisha ward and the wider Llanelli town centre area which is undergoing massive investment.

The council is also seeking a partner to develop new housing and create a vibrant community. An early market engagement exercise is currently live which gives potential partners the opportunity to express their interest in working with the council to transform the area.

Fresh and innovative ideas for this exciting project can be submitted to the council until December 7.

For more information on the early market engagement process or the council’s Transforming Tyisha regeneration project please visit www.carmarthenshire.gov.uk/tyisha

The demolition of the ‘Four Tys’ forms part of the council’s ambitious Transforming Tyisha project which looks to regenerate the area through increasing community safety, developing housing and community facilities and improving the environment.

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Greatly respected Neighbourhood Policing Sergeant crowned Police Officer of the Year

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DESCRIBED as a ‘perfect example of an exemplary Dyfed-Powys Police Officer’, Sergeant Gemma Davies wins the Police Officer of the Year title at the force annual awards. 

The Dyfed-Powys Police annual awards are a celebration of talent, offering individuals and teams the chance to be recognised and rewarded for their commitment, hard work, achievements and success.

Held at a virtual ceremony on November 18, the awards have showcased some of the force’s outstanding work, with a focus on those who have made an exceptional contribution to policing priorities.

Sergeant Gemma Davies from the Ammanford area, has served with Dyfed-Powys Police for 14 years and was nominated for the award by her manager and her team members – of which there are 33 that she currently supervises in the Carmarthenshire Neighbourhood Policing Team. 

Acting Sergeant Ian Roach said: “Gemma is a fantastic police officer. She’s compassionate and really listens, and cares for the communities she serves, but also her team members. 

“Her standards as an officer are second to none – she’s the best Sergeant I’ve ever worked with. She puts so much work and effort into ensuring communities are safeguarded, and that priorities are met. 

“We deliver as a team as a result of Gemma’s enthusiasm and drive. She is so thorough – no stone is left unturned when she’s looking to resolve a problem.” 

The Police Officer of the Year award recognises excellence, dedication, and initiative within the role.

Not only has Sergeant Gemma Davies scooped this award, but she was also a finalist in the Inspiring Leadership award and nominated in the Here for You category in this year’s annual awards.

Inspector Dawn Fencott-Price said: “Gemma will take on any challenge with a smile and positive attitude – which is infectious and in turn is reciprocated by her team and colleagues from partner agencies.

“She is innovative – one example being where she introduced online virtual meetings for key individuals in the community at the start of the Coronavirus pandemic, which proved invaluable in ensuring our communities were kept informed, updated and reassured at such an uncertain time. This was in fact so successful that it was adopted and replicated across the force area.

“She has also instigated many multi agency operations in response to community concerns to tackle the supply of drugs in Carmarthenshire, one notable example being in Bynea last year, which resulted in the seizure of a large number of cannabis plants with a street value of more than £300,000.

“Previously recognised for her relationship building and intelligence gathering in hostile environments by the Senior Management Team, she is passionate about promoting and adopting a problem-solving approach to ensure they get to the root cause of problems.  I have witnessed Gemma’s professionalism first-hand and continue to do so on a regular basis.”

Acting Sergeant Ian Roach concluded: “Gemma is excellent – you couldn’t ask for a better Sergeant. Everyone looks up to her, she is a shining light that motivates everyone she works with.”

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Llanelli animal rescue centre handed grand boost

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Many Tears Animal Rescue

AN ANIMAL rescue centre in Llanelli has received a financial boost as it gears up for its busiest time of the year.

Many Tears Animal Rescue in Cefneithin has received a £1,000 fillip from Persimmon Homes West Wales.

The money comes as part of the housebuilder’s Community Champions scheme. Each and every month Persimmon donates up to £64,000 to good causes across the UK.

The centre rescues unwanted animals and offers life-saving treatment and operations.

Sylvia Van Atta, who founded Many Tears Animal Rescue with her husband Bill, said: “We’re delighted to receive this generous donation from Persimmon Homes.

“We give animals hope of a new life when sometimes they have only known a life of misery, neglect and cruelty.

“On average, we rescue and rehome 3,000 dogs a year, which is an incredible achievement for a small charity.

“When dogs come to us they are seen by a vet and then placed in foster homes around the country, which helps them to acclimatise into a home environment. From here, they go onto their forever home.

“Our running costs are very high so donations like this from Persimmon make the world of difference.”

Sharon Bouhali, sales director at Persimmon Homes West Wales, said: “We’re pleased to be able to support Many Tears Animal Rescue with this donation.

“The number of animals they help each year is very impressive indeed. I wouldn’t like to think what would happen to these animals otherwise as I know the council run rescue centres are under tremendous pressure.

“All of this has been exasperated by the number of people who bought dogs during various lockdowns, only to decide later on they couldn’t look after them properly.

“We wish Sylvia and her team well for the future.”

Persimmon is preparing to start work on stunning new homes on Aberavon seafront. Househunters can now register an interest by visiting www.persimmonhomes.com or calling 01639 509 055

For more information visit www.persimmonhomes.com, or to apply for Community Champions funding visit www.persimmonhomes.com/charity.

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