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Stay at home this Easter, urges First Minister

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WALES’ First Minister and emergency services are calling on the people of Wales to stay home and respect social distancing this Easter holiday. The call comes as warm weather is predicted, sparking fears people will venture out of their homes.


The letter from First Minister Mark Drakeford is signed by Wales’ emergency and health services and council leaders, as well as the Chief Executive of Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority.


Health minister Vaughan Gething and chief medical officer Frank Atherton join the NHS, the police, fire and ambulance services, charities, councils and voluntary organisations as signatories to the letter.


It reads: “As the Easter bank holiday approaches, we have one message for everyone. Stay home and save lives.


“Our public services are working around the clock to care for and keep people safe during the coronavirus pandemic. Frontline workers are putting our health and care first, every day.


“We must continue to do everything we can to support them; to protect our NHS and to save lives.


“Stay at home and help stop the virus spreading.


“We know it’s hard and we want to thank you for sticking to the rules. There are some early signs this is having a positive impact but there’s still a long way to go. We know that staying at home for long periods is difficult and families all over Wales are making many sacrifices every day.


“Most people are doing just this, but it’s really frustrating to see some people flouting the rules and putting other people at risk. We are taking action to stop this happening.


“These rules are there to protect you and your loved ones. For most people the virus will cause a mild illness, but there’s a large number of people – children, adults and grandparents – who are at risk of serious illness if they are exposed.


“Sadly, a lot of people have already died after catching coronavirus. Families across Wales have lost loved ones to this virus – if we don’t act now, even more deaths will follow.


“Our actions and decisions over the Easter bank holiday weekend, and in the coming weeks and months, will shape Wales for years to come.
“Please – stay home and save lives.”

The letter is signed by:

Mark Drakeford AM, First Minister of Wales
Vaughan Gething AM, Minister for Health and Social Services
Frank Atherton, Chief Medical Officer for Wales
Andrew Goodall, NHS Wales Chief Executive
Tracey Cooper Public Health Wales Chief Executive
Carl Foulkes Chief Constable, North Wales Police
Mark Collins Chief Constable, Dyfed-Powys Police
Matt Jukes Chief Constable, South Wales Police
Pam Kelly Chief Constable, Gwent Police
Andrew Morgan WLGA Leader, on behalf of all Welsh Local Authorities
Arfon Jones, Police and Crime Commissioner for North Wales
Dafydd Llywelyn, Police and Crime Commissioner for Dyfed-Powys
Alun Michael, Police and Crime Commissioner for South Wales
Jeff Cuthbert, Police and Crime Commissioner for Gwent
Jason Killens, Chief Executive, Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust
Ruth Marks, Wales Council for Voluntary Action Chief Executive
Simon Smith, Chief Fire Officer North Wales Fire and Rescue Service
Chris Davies, Chief Fire Officer Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service
Hugh Jakeway, Chief Fire Officer South Wales Fire and Rescue Service
Tegryn Jones, Chief Executive, Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority
Emyr Williams, Chief Executive, Snowdonia National Park Authority

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Welcome to Serene Baby Sleep

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JULIA is a qualified Sleep Consultant experienced in supporting you to maximise your family and child’s sleep potential. She is calm, caring and empathetic to your individual needs. Julia is also a qualified NNEB Nursery Nurse and non medical Maternity Nurse with over 25 years experience in dealing with newborns & children up to the age of 12 years.

Whilst working with you, Julia will tailor a bespoke programme for your baby or child. This will be balanced with your family’s needs, taking into account your personal wishes. Coupled with her own experience and intuition she will endeavour to find a solution that supports your child in learning to enjoy sleep.

Julia has a wide range of packages available including; Telephone/Skype Consultations, Home Visits, Welcome Home Packages, Sleep Plans, Maternity Nursing and Night Nannying. 

As a sleep consultant Julia advises on the various methods of sleep training available. As every family is different she encourage parents/carers to go with a plan that is ultimately going to have the best outcome for them. After an initial phone call to gather all of the facts an explanation is given on the various services she offers.

Typical problems and situations Julia might assist with as a non medical maternity nurse include feeding issues, tongue tie, low milk supply, mastitis, routine and sleeping habits. 

Julia will encourage and support exhausted parents to get more rest through effective time management and prioritisation. She can advise parents on how to support their older children’s emotions once the new addition to the family has arrived ensuring a highly enjoyable experience for all.

Julia provides a high quality and confidential service and can provide extensive evidence of recommendations by previous clients who often invite her back to the family home for subsequent bookings for additional children.

So if you are feeling overwhelmed, in need of some sleep, support and advice please call Julia Maher on 07722071420 or email me at jkmaher@live.com

For more information visit: https://serenebabysleep.uk/

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Cavity Wall Insulation Removal – Everything you Need to Know

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OVER the years many people have been a victim of poorly installed cavity wall insulation. In contrast to what you were promised, the insulation is failing to keep your home warm.

When the correct material is installed to a home that is in good condition, cavity wall insulation is an energy efficient way to keep your home warm. However over recent years cavity wall insulation has been known to be installed incorrectly. This has caused problems such as penetrating damp, condensation, mould and deterioration of existing
render/masonry.

If you’ve experienced any of the above lately, then it is time to consider extracting your cavity wall insulation.

Unsure whether you need cavity wall insulation removal? Speak to one of our friendly specialists for a free consultation.

Why has my cavity wall insulation failed?

Many homeowners can be completely unaware if their cavity walls have been installed correctly. It is impossible to know if it is under-filled, over-packed, where it has slumped, where areas have been missed, blockage to vents and other internal obstructions. From our experience the blame can normally be placed on one of the following pointers;

  • The cavity has not been appropriately cleared prior to the install.
  • How prone the property’s location is to wind and rain exposure.
  • Damage to external walls such as cracks within render/ pointing of brickwork.
  • The cavity width is too small.
  • Property structure is not appropriate for cavity insulation.
  • Insulation has not been installed properly.
  • Debris in the cavity wall which causes a thermal bridge.
  • Poor materials have been installed such as mineral wool, formaldehyde foam.
  • No bonding agent installed with carbon carbon, diamond bead or expanded polystyrene beads.
  • Leaking roof and damage to soffit.
  • Insulation becoming wet through flooding or fire damage.

Are there grants available for cavity extraction?
At this moment in time, cavity extraction grants are not available. However, for those who still have access to their guarantees, there is a possibility that you could claim off the guarantee provider. This process can be tedious however our specialists are there to help you.

Is it possible to remove cavity wall insulation?
Failed cavity wall insulation will not get better over time, it will get worse. The good news is that it is possible to extract the current insulation and remove any debris.
Our team of technicians are able to remove insulation and rubble from within your cavity using an extraction machine. In addition to this, air bricks are installed to the external wall of the property to allow cross flow ventilation. This is crucial and will allow the cavity to breathe and the internal skin to dry out.

What is cavity wall extraction?
Cavity wall extraction is the process of removing defective wall insulation. As a result of poorly insulated cavities there is a growing demand for cavity extraction across the UK. Particularly in areas of high wind and rain exposure. There are many cavity wall extraction companies offering their service. However, be sure to check that they hold an oscar onsite certification and trustmark approval. This will ensure a high standard of workmanship.

How long does it take to extract cavity wall insulation?
The average cavity wall extraction takes roughly 2 days, however this figure varies from property to property. Some insulative materials can become rigid or rubble can collect at the bottom of the cavity from previous work. Both of which can slow down the process drastically. Nevertheless, it’s crucially important to remember that the cavity space has been cleared and nothing can act as a thermal bridge.

Will cavity extraction cure my penetrating damp?
Essentially, when the defective cavity wall insulation has been successfully extracted moisture will be unable to pass from the external brick to the internal brick. With time and the correct ventilation the damp will dry out and there will no longer be a problem. However depending on the damage that has been done already for example, blown plaster or render this would have to be rectified by a specialist.

How do our technicians detect failed cavity wall insulation?
The survey process is straightforward and allows our technicians to gauge the severity of the problem and which method is best suited to extract the insulation.

  • A general inspection can be carried out; cracks within brickwork, damp spots/patches on render and vents which aren’t sleeved.
  • A borescope inspection allows our technician to look inside the cavity which is aquick and easy way to determine the state of the insulation.
  • Thermal imaging is another way to diagnose areas of the property that may be actingas a thermal bridge.

Who are we?
At First Choice Energy, our mission is to create a more sustainable world to live in. To do this, we need to reduce our energy usage by creating energy-efficient homes. That’s why we work with homeowners across the UK, helping with increasing heating and insulation efficiency throughout their homes. Check our website to see how we can help you today.

Email:- firstchoiceenergylimited@gmail.com

Contact Number:- 07884 004516

For more information visit our website https://firstchoiceenergy.co.uk/

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Glimpse of exciting leisure centre planned for Llanelli

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A GLIMPSE of the exciting new leisure centre planned for Llanelli has been released following Carmarthenshire County Council’s commitment of funding in its ambitious capital investment programme.

Designs for the £27million leisure centre, which will form part of the multi-million Pentre Awel health and wellbeing development in Machynys, include a 25-metre eight-lane swimming pool, an eight-court sports hall and an adventure play area for young children.

As well as offering traditional lane swimming and learn to swim classes, the pool hall will include innovative water-based slides, inflatables and wet assault courses to provide fun and stimulating activities for people of all ages and abilities.

The sports hall will provide top-class facilities for a range of indoor sports, including netball competition standard courts, alongside a cutting-edge gym.

There will also be a dedicated adventure play area with ‘soft play’ equipment for younger children including slides and climbing frames.

The specification for the designs for the wet and dry leisure areas follows extensive community engagement, including the thoughts and wishes of local school children following a public exhibition.

Leader of the Council, Cllr Emlyn Dole, said: “We are excited and absolutely committed to providing a brand new leisure centre for Llanelli as part of the landmark Pentre Awel development which will provide social, economic and health benefits for the whole of Carmarthenshire. This forms an exciting element of our overall investment in capital projects to improve and raise the aspirations of the county.

“Whilst Pentre Awel is primarily a development to support the health and wellbeing of our communities, we of course want to ensure people can visit and enjoy this fantastic location for leisure too.

“Taking feedback and inspiration from local people, our designs include an exciting and flexible range of activity facilities suitable for all ages and abilities.

“We’ve no doubt that this new development will make a huge difference to the lives future generations in Llanelli and the surrounding area, and we look forward to seeing things progress in the near future.”

Cllr Peter Hughes Griffiths, Executive Board Member for Culture, Sport and Tourism, said: “We have promised a new leisure centre for Llanelli and we’re looking forward to delivering on that. We’ve got exciting plans for a facility that will suit people of all ages and abilities.”

The Pentre Awel scheme proposed for an 83-acre site on Llanelli’s coastline will be the first development of its scope and size in Wales.

It is due to be part-funded by the £1.3 billion Swansea Bay City Deal, with a total of £40million being sought for the project.

Already approved by the City Deal’s Joint Committee and Carmarthenshire County Council, the business case is now with Welsh and UK Governments with a decision expected imminently.

The scheme will provide public, academic, business and health facilities all on one site to boost employment, education, leisure provision, health research and delivery, and skills and training.

The project is planned to include integrated care and physical rehabilitation facilities to enable the testing and piloting of life science technologies aimed at enhancing independent and assisted living.

A skills centre will focus on health and care training, along with a clinical delivery centre to deliver multi-disciplinary care closer to home.

Assisted living accommodation will also feature, along with a nursing home, a hotel, expansion space for businesses, and elements of both open market and social and affordable housing.

Worth millions of pounds to the local economy, Pentre Awel will also create a wide range of employment opportunities across the Swansea Bay City Region as whole.

Pentre Awel is being delivered by Carmarthenshire County Council in partnership with Hywel Dda University Health Board, Universities and Colleges.

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