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SAMARITANS volunteers and Prison Listeners at Swansea prison got the chance to meet the Princess Royal last week as part of the 25th anniversary of the Listener scheme, which was founded in the prison 1991.

A plaque in the prison’s visitor centre was unveiled by Her Royal Highness Princess Anne who said the Listener scheme should be celebrated and praised as it helps prisoners develop vital skills, as well as providing support for each other.

The Princess Royal met two Listeners, who support their fellow prisoners at Swansea prison, and were trained by local Samaritans volunteers. The Princess also met six Samaritan volunteers from the Swansea branch.

One of the founding members of the Listener scheme, Joyce Cole, who is a volunteer and former director of Samaritans’ branch at Swansea.

“We are delighted that the Princess was able to meet Listeners and Samaritans volunteers in the 25th anniversary year of the Prison Listener scheme,” said Executive Director for Wales, Sarah Stone. “Prisoners in the UK and the Republic of Ireland are at between five and ten times greater risk of risk of suicide, and the scheme was set up to train them to provide support for each other.

“Samaritans volunteers in our branches are committed to making sure the Listener scheme is able to provide its life-saving work in prisons.”

HMP Swansea’s Acting Governing Governor, Mitch Albutt, said: “We were honoured to welcome the Princess Royal to help us celebrate 25 years of the Listener Scheme.

This was developed at Swansea Prison and has undoubtedly saved lives, which has proved so successful, that it now operates in most establishments.  It was also ground breaking that for the first time, the men were trained as peer supporters.”

The Samaritans Prisoner Listener scheme operates in almost all prisons throughout the UK and the Republic of Ireland and follows the same principles and practices as Samaritans volunteers. It was set up after there was a rise in prison suicides, and after the death of a 15 year-old prisoner at Swansea.

The Listeners follow the same principles and practices as Samaritans volunteers and are supported by the 201 Samaritans branches across the UK and the Republic of Ireland.

Prisoners are between five and ten times more likely to die by suicide than the general population so the Listeners provide somewhere to go for prisoners who have problems.

In 2014, 1,500 trained Listeners answered more than 86,000 requests for support from the prison population, which totalled just under 85,000 in 2015.

You don’t have to be suicidal to call the Samaritans. Whatever you’re going through, call them free any time from any phone on 116 123 (this number is FREE to call and will not appear on your phone bill), email jo@samaritans.org, or visit www.samaritans.org to find details of your nearest branch.

Read this and more in this week’s edition of The Llanelli Herald.

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Scarlets’ grassroots clubs show community spirit in delivering vital food packages

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Scarlets community clubs have been working together to help deliver vital food packages across the region.


Volunteers from grassroots clubs and WRU girls hubs across Ceredigion, Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire have been helping take the food packages to vulnerable members of society who are self-isolating during the Covid-19 pandemic.


The clubs have teamed up with the Scarlets Community Foundation — the charity arm of the Scarlets — and Carmarthen-based food wholesaler Castell Howell, while Scarlets players Osian Knott, Kieran Hardy, Ryan Conbeer and Jac Morgan have also lent their hand to the operation.


More than 300 packages were due to be delivered on Monday and Tuesday (April 6 & April 7), with the initiative highlighting that even without any action on the field, rugby clubs remain at the heart of their community.
Scarlets Community Foundation manager Caroline Newman said:  “We have been overwhelmed with the support that we have received from local clubs, the number of people prepared to volunteer to help the most vulnerable in our communities has been touching.


“People’s reasons for requesting packs have often been heart-wrenching and it really has made us appreciate what we have.


“The foundation has worked closely with Castell Howell to make sure the packages are ready to go to those whose need is greatest, managing to turn things around pretty quickly and I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone involved in making this happen, our funder, Castell Howell, all the clubs, our helpline volunteer and the foundation members.
“Great teamwork which has made me proud to be part of the fantastic community that rugby creates.”

Here are the rugby clubs and WRU girls rugby hubs taking part in the initiative

Aberaeron, Aberystwyth, Amman Utd, Ammanford, Burry Port, Betws, Bynea, Cardigan, Cefneithin, Felinfoel, Fishguard & Goodwick, Furnace Utd, Haverfordwest, Kidwelly, Llandeilo, Llandovery, Llandybie, Llanelli Wanderers, Llangennech, Llangwm, Merched Mynydd Mawr, Milford Haven, Narberth, New Dock Stars, Newcastle Emlyn, Neyland, Penybanc, Pontyates, St Clears, Stradey Sospans, Tenby Utd, Tumble, Tycroes, Whitland, Yr Hendy.

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Dumped rubbish cost Llanelli man hundreds of pounds

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A Llanelli man has been ordered to pay over £600 after his household waste was found dumped in a quarry in Llwynhendy.

Robin Adam Collins of Pottery St, Llanelli, admitted failing to ensure his waste was deposited legally when he appeared at Llanelli Magistrates Court.

The court heard that Carmarthenshire County Council enforcement officers visited Genwen Quarry following a complaint from the public of waste being dumped there.

Officers found a large pile of household waste including black and blue bags, plastic and cardboard.

After recovering items, the rubbish was traced back to a property in Pottery Street.

When officers visited the property the 43-year-old admitted the waste had belonged to him and his partner but claimed that he had paid a man named Alex who he found on Facebook to take his rubbish away. Collins was unable to provide any further information as to the identity of the person who he claimed had transported his waste. He was issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN). After failing to pay Carmarthenshire Council took the matter to court.

Collins was fined £120 and was ordered to pay £458.36. He must also pay £32 victim surcharge.

Carmarthenshire Council’s Executive Board Member for Public Protection, Philip Hughes said: “Every householder has a responsibility to ensure their waste is disposed of in the proper manner. It is also their responsibility to ensure that whoever they choose to engage the services of to remove any waste is a licenced waste carrier. If not, and your waste is found dumped then we will not hesitate to take action and if necessary go to court.”

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Commissioner proud of ‘Seaside Kicks’ project

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POLICE and Crime Commissioner, Dafydd Llywelyn proud of new youth initiative in Llanelli area – Seaside Kicks.

Following funding from the Dyfed-Powys Police and Crime Commissioner’s Office, a new youth initiative has been set up in partnership with Swansea City Football Club Community Trust. Seaside Kicks was launched in Llanelli in January 2020 to engage the youth of the Glanymor and Tyisha area in positive activities.

Having only begun in January, already more than 150 young people in the area participate on a weekly basis. They take part in various practical activities with the Seaside Kicks, such as football coaching sessions, as well as informal sessions that addressing crime issues.

Whilst visiting one of the sessions that are being held on Ysgol Penrhos’ 3G field, Llanelli on 25 February 2020, Dafydd Llywelyn said “I am privileged to be here to see for myself the positive influence an initiative such as Seaside Kicks is having on the youth here, and the wider community. As a sports enthusiast, and having played football at many levels in my youth, I am fully aware of the influence that sport and exercise have on the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities in general.”

The initiative is run through the English Premier League’s ‘Kicks’ national program, and is delivered locally by Swansea City Football Club Community Trust. The program aims to use football and sport in general to inspire youth living in deprived areas.

Craig Richards from the Swansea City FC Community Trust, said “Premier League Kicks provides free weekly football sessions and educational workshops to young people, giving them opportunities, support and pathways to reach their full potential and divert them away from crime or criminals. It was a pleasure to welcome the Police and Crime Commissioner, Dafydd Llywelyn to Seaside Kicks session to see so many young people having great fun in a safe environment”.

Sean Rees, Llanelli Town Councillor for the Glanymor Ward added, “We were delighted to welcome the Commissioner to ‘Seaside Kicks’ whose funding has helped to make this happen.  This is partnership work at its best.  It is a pleasure to link up with the Swansea City Football Community Trust, Police and Crime Commissioner, our PCs and PCSO’s, Ysgol PenRhos, Seaside AFC, Llanelli Town Council and the Community Safety Partnership in bringing forward such an exciting project.

“My thanks go to all the young people who are really enjoying and their parents who continue to turn out in such great numbers to support these sessions. 

“Given its overwhelming success, the next step now should be to make ‘Kicks’ a permanent project in Glanymor Community.”

The investment in Seaside Kicks is part of a wider investment by the Commissioner in the Glanymor and Tyisha areas. Both areas have been identified as some of the most deprived areas in Wales. The Commissioner has allocated funds of £50,000 towards community projects and initiatives in these areas.

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