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Bad Manners star at inaugural night for The Gorseinon Events Centre

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ITS SHOW TIME! The Gorseinon Events Centre (GEC) opens its doors, Thursday 4th March, with chart topping legends: Bad Manners headlining the festivities.

This legendary venue on Gorseinon’s High Street has been hosting events, and entertaining people since its first incarnation as a Cinema, which opened over 100 years ago. It has been a reveller’s hot spot, whose reputation is legendary in South Wales and beyond, and it has been attracting large crowds ever since, for various forms of entertainment.

Before the pandemic, it was a groundbreaking nightclub attracting capacity crowds and international superstar DJs for many years. But while it was closed in accordance with  Welsh Assembly Government’s Covid regulations, the team behind Logic and the new GEC wanted to completely change the use of the venue. It will now appeal to a wider audience, and cater to the appetite of the local population, for quality and diversity.

The venue itself has undergone a full refit, with a new state of the art sound system installed, along with new lighting, visuals and decor. There is now a separate second floor bar open with a more intimate feel, serving both food and beverages and featuring a number of large viewing screens and a more relaxed atmosphere than the main room.

The main attraction though for many, is the large capacity ground floor function room, which is now more geared towards staging a multitude of different events and functions.

The inaugural night on Thursday 4th February features one of the UK’s best loved and most entertaining bands, Bad Manners, who have been packing venues across the UK since their first chart success in the 1980’s. Their front man Buster Bloodvessel has a well deserved reputation for entertaining the masses at every show and the band are consummate professionals.

The address is: GEC, 12 High Street, Gorseinon, Swansea, SA4 4BX. The doors open at 19.00, with prompt arrival advisable. Both fully licensed bars on both floors, and the upstairs restaurant will be open. When asked to comment on this groundbreaking undertaking, the venue owners said: “We have been working on this new concept of entertainment hub for many months now and we welcome all, to what we think will be the future for many events venues across the UK.”

“The days of frequenting nightclubs on a weekly basis are well and truly over, but the public’s desire to go out with friends and family for one off events is still massive. We have been involved in the music and creative industries sector for over two decades. we have seen many changes, and have always had our finger on the pulse of new trends throughout.”

“We have poured our hearts and souls into whatever we do for well over 20 years now. We are looking forward with great enthusiasm  to re-opening our doors and entertaining the masses, in this brave new post covid world. We know that the general public desire safe, well managed, well promoted groundbreaking events for all to enjoy, and already have an enthralling programme of events in the pipeline.”

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Those eligible for the Spring Covid-19 booster should get jabbed by end of June

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ALL those eligible for the Spring Covid-19 booster are being urged to take up their offer of the vaccine before the end of next month.

A deadline of 30 June has been introduced to ensure all those eligible for the spring booster will have a long-enough interval between this and the autumn 2022 booster, if they are also eligible.

An announcement by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) about which groups will be eligible for the autumn booster is due to be published shortly.

The JCVI has advised that people over-75, older care home residents and all those aged 12 years and over who are immunosuppressed are eligible for the spring booster.

Those who are 75 on or before 30 June, can get their booster at any point up to the deadline.

Health Minister Eluned Morgan said: “It is important we continue our very high take up levels of the vaccine to help protect us against the risk of serious illness from Covid-19. I would urge everyone who is offered a spring booster vaccination takes up the invitation.”

If someone eligible for a spring booster has had a Covid infection recently, they will need to wait 28 days from the date they tested positive before they can be vaccinated. They will still be able to get vaccinated after 30 June as part of this campaign if they have to postpone their appointment.

All those eligible for spring boosters will be invited by their health board or GP.

It is not too late for anyone who needs a primary dose (first, second or third) to be vaccinated.

Please check for local arrangements.

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Young people in Wales being failed when moving from child to adult mental health services

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MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES are failing young people when they move from child to adult services, says a mental health charity.

Mind Cymru is calling for Welsh Government to make urgent changes to improve the system.

Nia Evans, Children and Young People Manager at Mind Cymru, said: “Young people have told us that their needs, thoughts, and feelings about moving to adult services are often unheard, or ignored.

“Welsh Government must support Local Health Boards to make sure this doesn’t happen, change the way services are run and make sure our young people are being heard and properly cared for.”

Mind Cymru has published a report, in ate the result of interviews with young people about their experiences of moving from Specialist Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services – (SCAMHS) to AMHS.

They highlighted five key areas where services are failing young people:
– Poor information offered to young people, particularly on their rights
– Inconsistent use and follow through of care and treatment plans
– High thresholds for SCAMHS and AMHS referrals to be accepted
– Feeling abandoned / cut off from SCAMHS
– Age still dominates decision making process for moving from SCAMHS to AMHS

Nia Evans said: “Any one of these issues could make the process of moving from children’s services to adult services difficult for our young people. But often, more than one is happening at any one time.”

“Our young people have a right to care and support from a mental health system that has been put in place to help them recover. Action must be taken immediately to make sure support systems are robust and doing the job they were designed to do.”

Mind Cymru is asking people to email their Member of the Senedd (MS) and amplify the voices of these young people whose experiences are often unheard, and use the #SortTheSwitch hashtag on social media.

The full report is available here, including what a good move from SCAMHS to AMHS would look like for young people, and where the current system could improve.

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Average UK price of diesel hits record of more than £1.80 a litre

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LESS than two months after Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced a 5p a litre cut on the average price of fuel – diesel prices have reached a record high price of 180.29p a litre.
The previous high of 179.90p was recorded on March 23rd 2022 – the day of the Spring Statement from Sunak.

In recent weeks, the UK government has tried to move away from its reliance on importing Russian oil, following President Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.

Worryingly for drivers of petrol cars, the price per litre is fast approaching the record levels of 167.3p per litre set on March 22nd.

This latest price rise adds another challenge to UK households, as the cost of living crisis continues to impact families across the country.

RAC fuel spokesperson Simon Williams said: “Sadly, despite the Chancellor’s 5p a litre duty cut the average price of a litre of diesel has hit a new record high at 180.29p.”

“Efforts to move away from importing Russian diesel have led to a tightening of supply and pushed up the price retailers pay for diesel.”

“While the wholesale price has eased in the last few days this is likely to be temporary, especially if the EU agrees to ban imports of Russian oil.”

“Unfortunately, drivers with diesel vehicles need to brace themselves for yet more pain at the pumps. Had Mr Sunak reduced VAT to 15% as we call on him to do instead of cutting duty by 5p, drivers of diesel vehicles would be around 2p a litre better off, or £1 for every full tank.”

“As it is, drivers are still paying 27p VAT on petrol and 29p on diesel, which is just the same as before the Spring Statement.”

“The average price of petrol is also on the rise having gone up nearly 3p a litre since the start of the month to 166.65p which means it’s less than a penny away from the all-time high of 167.30p set on 22 March.”

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