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Victims to get a say in influencing and informing local policing services

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THROUGH the work of the Dyfed-Powys Victim Engagement Forum, Dyfed-Powys Police and Crime Commissioner, Dafydd Llywelyn, has given victims a voice in police training, by working closely with some of its members to produce a video which will be incorporated into Dyfed-Powys Police’s training.

One of the priorities within Mr Llywelyn’s 2021-2025 Police and Crime Plan is that ‘victims are supported’. The Commissioner wants to ensure that victims are recognised and supported, through involving them in future policing practices and through learning from their experiences.

Members of the Victim Engagement Forum were interviewed about their experiences with Dyfed-Powys Police. Each provided feedback on what went well and what did not go well, as well as the advice they would give to officers dealing with a similar case to theirs, and how their experience has affected their future interactions with the Force.

Police and Crime Commissioner, Dafydd Llywelyn (Image: File)

The interviews have been brought together in to one training video which will be incorporated into Dyfed-Powys Police’s training package.

Police and Crime Commissioner, Dafydd Llywelyn said, “I am proud to present the victims’ video to Dyfed-Powys Police’s Learning and Development Department, and I am truly grateful to the individuals who have given up their time to share their experiences with us.”

“This video will help to ensure that police officers and staff are provided with a real-life perspective of victims’ views of the policing service.”

Superintendent Craig Templeton, Head of Learning and Development said, “The training video created through the Victim Engagement Forum is such a vital and impactive resource for us to have. It is important that our new and existing police officers and police staff hear about victims’ experiences from the victims themselves.”

“We will be using this video alongside the video depicting young people’s experiences of police contact, developed by the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Youth Ambassadors. Thank you to all involved.”

A member of the Victim Engagement Forum who took part in this project, spoke of their experience: “I am very pleased that I have done it, if it can help others in any way. I realise that there are things that only someone who has been through this type of crime can reveal to help others identify it.”

“I struggle sometimes with voicing my thoughts and feelings especially in front of others, but this whole process is helping. I can see that I have improved no end, after taking part in this project, and just how far I have come.”

“The support I have received from the Goleudy Team has also been invaluable and so important.”

Goleudy provides support for victims and witnesses across Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire, Ceredigion, and Powys. It is a vital service funded by the Police and Crime Commissioner, which can be accessed by victims and witnesses whether they have reported the crime to the police or not.

Here’s how to contact Goleudy: 0300 1232996 / goleudy@dyfed-powys.pnn.police.uk

Mr Llywelyn adds, “It is so important that victims’ and survivors get the support they need, and that their personal experiences are heard in order to influence, inform, and help to improve the local police services.”

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Public Services Board seeks views to improve local well-being

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CARMARTHENSHIRE’S Public Services Board (PSB) is seeking residents’ views to find out what matters to them and their local communities.

The PSB has developed its Well-being Objectives and draft actions to deliver them, based on feedback received on its Well-being Assessment. The results of a survey at that time gathered views and helped shape the PSB’s understanding of the economic, social, environmental, and cultural factors that impact the well-being of individuals and communities within Carmarthenshire.

Once again, residents are being asked to contribute to help public service partners develop Carmarthenshire’s Local Well-being Plan for 2023-28.

To help shape the future of well-being please visit: Current Consultations (gov.wales)

The survey closes on 25 January 2023.

Cllr Darren Price, Chair of the Carmarthenshire PSB and Leader of Carmarthenshire County Council, said: “To deliver what is important to our communities, we need to their feedback and input. This survey is an opportunity for our residents to tell us if we, as public services, are on the right track to help create a better future for our children’s generation, and the generations to follow, as we strive to reach this goal.” 

Andrew Cornish, Vice-Chair of the PSB andChief Executive Officer / Principal of Coleg Sir Gar and Coleg Ceredigion said: “Thank you to everyone who has contributed to our work so far. Our Well-being Assessment gives us a strong foundation on which to build our Well-being Plan and I would like to encourage everyone to take part in our involvement work for the preparation of the Plan.”

Carmarthenshire’s Public Services Board is a partnership of public and third sector organisations working together to improve well-being across the county and includes Carmarthenshire County Council, Hywel Dda University Health Board, Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service, Natural Resources Wales and other organisations.

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Llanelli prepares for Sunday’s Remembrance Day parade

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LATER TODAY (Sunday, November 13) the town will honour those who have fallen in service over the decades.

A number of roads will be closed on the day, including Murray Street, Church Street and Vauxhall Road from its junction with the mini roundabout.

These will be shut for the parade between 8.30am and noon, however, pedestrian access for those wishing to reach individual properties in those streets will be maintained where possible throughout the duration of the closure.

Traffic will be diverted to Robinson Street, Arthur Street, Columbia Row, Anne Street, Bigyn Road, Stepney Place, Water Street, Thomas Street and Gelli Onn.

At 10am, police, organisations and others not marching in the parade will take up their respective positions in front of the cenotaph in the town hall grounds, while the civic party will assemble inside Llanelli Town Hall.

At 10.15am the parade leaves Drill Hall for the town hall with the mayor Cllr Philip Warlow proceeding to the Boer War Memorial where he will lay a wreath.

When the parade arrives at the town hall, the civic party will proceed to the cenotaph where the Lord Lieutenant of Dyfed Sara Edwards, will lay a wreath.

This will be followed by the chair of Carmarthenshire Council Cllr Rob Evans, laying a wreath on the Royal Welch War Memorial and then on the town’s cenotaph.

More wreaths will be laid by dignitaries and politicians and ex-servicemen and women A two-minute silence will then be observed at 11am.

Any service groups or individuals who wish to lay a wreath on Remembrance Sunday can contact Paul Wickers via email at llanlva2009@aol.com.

While community organisations are to contact Llanelli Town Council at enquiries@llanellitowncouncil.gov.uk.

Contact should be made by Monday, October 31 at the very latest to confirm arrangements as no additional wreaths will be able to be accommodated on the day.

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Llanelli choir launches fundraising naked calendar

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MEMBERS of a Llanelli female choir have bared all to raise money for the town’s Ty Bryngwyn Hospice.  

Côr Curiad has created a cheeky fundraising calendar for 2023 – the second one they have done.

With around 50 members, photos were taken across Llanelli with strategically placed items to spare their blushes – all in the name of a good cause.

Llanelli photographer Graham Harries was behind the lens for the project.

The choir’s musical director Alex Esney, who is Miss December in the calendar said: “Local businesses sponsored the calendar and so many of the photos were taken at their premises.

“So for example we went to LTC Mobility Ltd and had scooters carefully positioned in front of us, it was a lot of fun.

“I also want to thank Ffwrnes Theatre for opening up especially for me to go and have my photo taken with the piano there.”

Alex said the aim is to raise as much as possible for the hospice, adding: “We did a calendar a few years ago but we now have more members so we thought it was time to do it all again.

“The ladies decided to ‘bare all’ to raise money for the hospice which provides such great care and support for families in their time of need, including two of our own.

“I think we pulled out all the stops this year, getting their clothes off at local businesses in and around Llanelli.”

One of the calendar photos (Images: Graham Harries Photography)
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