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Health Board’s family support showcase event

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IFST_logo-1ORGANISATIONS from Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and Powys have come together to showcase the work of the Integrated Family Support Service (IFSS)and the role it plays in supporting vulnerable children and families. Integrated Family Support Services are a Welsh Government initiative providing support for families whose lives are affected by parental drug and alcohol misuse.

The Mid and West Wales IFSS was established in 2012 and each Integrated Family Support Team brings together highly skilled professionals from social care and health care with specialist experience to work directly with referred families. During its first full year (2013/14) the regional service received 131 family referrals involving 255 children and 12 unborn children.

The Conference, held at Parc Y Scarlets, provided an opportunity for the region’s four Integrated Family Support Teams to come together and share experiences and best practice. Anna Bird, Head of Partnership Development for Vulnerable Children and Families at Hywel Dda UHB, said: “Sometimes families experience difficulties and risk losing their children into care or having their names placed on the Child Protection Register.

The Integrated Family Support Team in each county works with families affected by parental substance misuse to help them to make positive changes so that any concerns are lessened and the children can remain can remain safely at home. “We are particularly grateful to members of families who have been referred to the service who gave their time to informally share their experience of the intervention with attendees.”

Attendees included a wide range of senior managers and professionals from Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and Powys County Councils, Hywel Dda University Health Board and Powys Teaching Health Board, probation services and youth offending services as well as members of the IFSS Regional Family Support Board and other all Wales IFSS Consortium staff. Anna added: “The day provided a fantastic opportunity for the teams to share experiences and for delegates to hear first-hand about the outcomes that have been achieved for children, families and professionals.”

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New Quay RNLI lifeboat crew trains with lifeguards

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NEW QUAY lifeboat station hosted a special training evening with the lifeboat crew and Ceredigion’s RNLI lifeguards last week.

Pete Yates, one of New Quay RNLI’s inshore lifeboat helms, worked closely with Ceredigion lifeguard supervisor, Tirion Dowsett, to plan scenarios for the teams to practice working together in casualty care situations.

A large scale scenario included four casualties to be dealt with by the inshore lifeboat crew and two lifeguard teams on a nearby beach, whilst a third lifeguard team and lifeboat crew members dealt with a separate scenario at the lifeboat station.

Pete said: “It was a great evening of training. We had 9 lifeguards and 13 lifeboat crew in attendance.

“The main scenario included casualties suffering from hypothermia and propeller injuries. A second scenario involved a mechanic suffering head injuries in the forepeak of the all-weather lifeboat and requiring extraction on a stretcher.

“On completion of these scenarios we all gathered back at the station where one of our senior crew members sprung a great act at being a diabetic having a hypo, and being suitably angry and aggressive.”

Roger Couch, New Quay RNLI’s Lifeboat Operations Manager, added: “It was great for our lifeboat crew members to work with the lifeguards as it builds a deeper understanding of each other’s roles and encourages teamwork between us. This is of great benefit when dealing with real life casualty care situations.”

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Coastguard rescues dog stuck on cliffs

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LAST TUESDAY (Aug 27), New Quay RNLI’s inshore D-class lifeboat, Audrey LJ, was tasked by Milford Haven Coastguard to assist the Coastguard with a dog stuck on the cliffs near New Quay.

The volunteer crew launched the inshore lifeboat at 1.50pm with four crew members on board and made their way south down the coast.

Brett Stones, New Quay RNLI’s helm said: “We located the dog on the cliffs by Castell Bach, near Cwmtydu. We stood by while the Coastguard team caught the animal. The dog was unharmed and safe with the Coastguard so we were stood down.

“However, while returning to station we were then tasked to a small vessel with engine failure. We towed the stricken boat with three people on board back to New Quay. We rehoused the inshore lifeboat and it was ready for service by 2.40pm.”

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New maintenance Lorries cut carbon emissions

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The Ground Maintenance Team has purchased three new lorries to support ground maintenance services in Ceredigion.

The new lorries will move Ceredigion County Council’s Ground Maintenance Service’s equipment to and from the grounds that they look after. The lorries will also take cut grass away for composting. This provides the most efficient way of maintaining the areas that the team is responsible for.

Councillor Dafydd Edwards is the Cabinet member responsible for Highways and Environmental Services together with Housing. He said: “The new vehicles replace ones which had provided excellent service for almost 20 years. They are fitted with Euro 6 engines which are considerably more efficient and better for the environment.”

The Grounds Maintenance Team is also incrementally introducing electric-powered mowers, blowers, hedge cutters and strimmers into its fleet. This equipment is better for the environment, is easier to use and causes less noise and vibration.

The new lorries support Ceredigion County Council’s commitment to be a net-zero carbon council by 2030.

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