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Students step up to offer support in time of crisis

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Medical student Robert Jones

TWO Swansea University students have been working to support the emergency services during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Medical student Robert Jones is now a health care assistant working at Morriston Hospital while Samuel Murkin, who is studying for a master’s in mechanical engineering, is helping to share vital messages for Avon and Somerset Police.

Robert, whose family is originally from Carmarthenshire, is based at Morriston Hospital’s children’s emergency unit where he has been able to utilise skills developed during his first year at Swansea University Medical School.

He said: “It has been a very positive and rewarding experience. I had never properly been out on the wards as the pandemic led to our first clinical placement being cancelled so the first few days on the ward were a real learning experience. But the staff have been amazing and couldn’t do more to help. “

Robert added that the best part of the role was seeing the change in children following their treatment. “I have been fortunate enough to be able to care for children and their families at often their most vulnerable times.”

The pair have both been enthusiastic members of the Swansea contingent of the Wales University Royal Naval Unit – Samuel was Senior Midshipman while completing his undergraduate degree this year and Robert is currently an Acting Officer Cadet.

Samuel Murking currently studying for a masters in mechanical engineering


Swansea University’s military education representative Peter Neville said: “The endeavour and hard work of these two student cadets shows the ethos of the Royal Navy: high personal and professional standards, and willingness to serve. Their actions are a credit to themselves, their Swansea University training, and of course the Wales University Royal Naval Unit.”

Robert said: “I joined the unit to see what Royal Navy life was really like and to enjoy the diverse variety of activities and learning opportunities the URNU provides.  As a result of positive and enjoyable time I have had with the URNU, I am considering a career in the Royal Navy as a medical officer.” 

Like Robert, Samuel said he had been motivated to do something to help during the pandemic and was delighted to become a digital community ambassador for Avon and Somerset Police.

Samuel said: “My role involves passing on vital communication and key messages from the force to my local community, via groups that have been pre-established on social media.

“I am hoping to join the police force in the future, so the experience is very useful for me personally, but I was also eager to do something to help my community and our police at such a difficult time.”

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Trimsaran go top after beating Bynea

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TRIMSARAN moved to the top of League 3 West B on Saturday (Jan 8) as they beat Bynea 39-5.

It was the only game to be played in the Division as others battled covid-19 cases and waterlogged pitches following overnight rain.

Lee Bates had scored two tries in Trimsaran’s last game before Christmas and he carried on his good form with a hat trick of tries on Saturday.

Iwan Green and Chris Lacey also went over for the home side who were also awarded a penalty try.

There were three conversions and a penalty from Corey Phillips as Trimsaran secured a bonus point win.

Trim now sit top of the table, unbeaten in their opening four games in the league, and they are now level on points with second placed Tumble who have played a game more.

On Saturday, January 15, Trimsaran travel to Tumble while Bynea will look to get back to winning ways when they host New Dock Stars.

PHOTO by Darren Harries

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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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