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Goleudy offer support to victims of crime

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A SERVICE dedicated to guiding and supporting victims and witnesses of crime and anti-social behaviour is now offering extra support in the four counties it serves. New divisional support workers for Goleudy are based at police stations in Ceredigion, Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire and Powys.

It is anticipated their introduction will encourage stronger links with communities, police officers and partner agencies, with the goal of ensuring victims and witnesses that use Goleudy are happy with the service they receive. They will provide divisional support to the central team, which is co-located at Dyfed-Powys Police Headquarters in Carmarthen. Goleudy is commissioned by Dyfed-Powys Police and Crime Commissioner, Dafydd Llywelyn, and provides free and confidential support to anyone affected by crime and anti-social behaviour, regardless of whether they’ve reported it to the police.

Rhian Evans, Victim and Witness Support Officer for Ceredigion, said: “I provide practical help, emotional and holistic support with a commitment to make a positive difference to the lives of victims and witnesses. Empowering them by providing the information and support needed to make their own decisions. I am able to refer clients on to other appropriate services ensuring that victims receive tailored support to meet their needs. This role is exceptionally rewarding and I look forward to delivering the service to meet the needs of our community.”

Goleudy, which is Welsh for lighthouse, opened its lines to victims and witnesses of crime in April 2017. The service offers emotional, practical and personal support to all victims and witnesses of crime, from serious and complex crimes, to victims of fraud, supporting victims of terrorism (such as the recent Manchester bombings) and cybercrime

Goleudy supports victims via a range of services including face to face, over the phone or home visits and can put together bespoke support plans to ensure a victim or witness gets the support that is most appropriate to their individual needs.

In April 2018 Goleudy began offering support to victims of anti-social behaviour in recognition of the detrimental effect this type of behaviour can have on an individual or the wider community. This will ensure that there is a consistent approach to support services being offered to both victims of crime and anti-social behaviour across the region.

Victims and witnesses are referred to Goleudy by police officers and via partner agencies, however there is the option for a victim or witness of crime to refer themselves to the service, even if they have not reported the crime or anti-social behaviour to police.

Nichola Rance, Goleudy Service Manager, said: “Goleudy will be offering an enhanced service to victims of crime and anti-social behaviour with the introduction of divisional support officers.
“They will work closely with police officers to ensure that victims feel listened to, are updated and most importantly supported.

“In March 2018, Goleudy was honoured to be acknowledged as best practice for supporting victims by HMICFRS in their national report on police effectiveness, however we acknowledge that there is much work still to be done to ensure that the victim is truly placed at the heart of the criminal justice process.”

For more information about Goleudy visit www.goleudyvictimandwitnessservice.org.uk or phone 0300 123 2996. Phone lines are open Monday to Saturday 10am to 6pm.

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Ceredigion’s first ‘Welsh in the Workplace’ Fair to be held

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CEREDIGION’S first ‘Welsh in the Workplace’ Fair will be held to encourage and support businesses who want to increase their bilingual provision in their daily work. 

With the 2020 Ceredigion National Eisteddfod on the horizon, Cered: Menter Iaith Ceredigion’s Welsh in the Workplace Officers are busy assisting the county’s businesses in benefitting from the use of Welsh in their business. To this end, the Welsh will be the focus for a special event at the beginning of October with a Welsh in the Workplace Fair. 

Huw Marshall from ‘Yr Awr Gymraeg’ (The Welsh hour) will lead in how to raise your business profile and how to effectively market in order to attract more customers. During the day there will be opportunities to ask a panel of businesses who already operate bilingually whilst learning from their experiences and the challenges they faced. The panel will consist of Emlyn Jones (Diogel Events), Kerry Ferguson (Gwe Cambrian), Eleri Davies (Blaenwaun Caravan Park) and Sioned Thomas (Ffenestri Kevin Thomas Windows), chaired by Keith Henson (Coleg Ceredigion).

Councillor Catherine Hughes, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Culture said, “It is heart-warming to see a valuable and important Fair such as this being held in Ceredigion for the first time by Cered. It’s a very special opportunity to see businesses in one place and hear the experiences from those who use the Welsh language daily in their work.”

Later in the afternoon, there will be opportunities for businesses to visit an array of information stands from Learn Welsh, Ceredigion Training, Cynnal y Cardi, Business Wales, Antur Teifi, the Welsh Language Commissioner, Coleg Ceredigion and Cymraeg Byd Busnes.

The Fair is to be held on Thursday, 04 October 2018, between 10:30 and 15:30 at Cardigan Castle. Limited spaces are available, so register and reserve your place on tocyn.cymru. Simultaneous translation facilities and refreshments including tea and coffee will be available.

The ‘Welsh in the Workplace’ project has received LEADER support through the Cynnal y Cardi Local Action Group (administered by Ceredigion County Council) which is funded through the Welsh Government Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, which is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Government.

For further information, contact Pat Jones, Welsh Language Business Development Officer, Cered, Menter Iaith Ceredigion on Pat.jones@ceredigion.gov.uk or 01545 572350.

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Woman claimed benefits after £138,000 inheritance

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A NEW QUAY woman continued claiming benefits despite inheriting £138,000.
Susan Marion, aged 57, was then awarded £18,417 which she was not entitled to.
Marion was found guilty by a jury at Swansea crown court this afternoon of failing to notify Ceredigion County Council and the Department for Work and Pensions of inheritances that would have affected her right to benefits.
Ieuan Rees, prosecuting, told the jury how a series of inheritances meant that Marion had well above the £16,000 limit of savings and capital.
Marion, of Plas y Wern, Gilfachrheda, told the court she did not accept that the money was rightfully her’s.
She said it had been left to her by her father, grandmother and an aunt.
She said she considered the money tainted because her father and grandfather had kept battery chickens and killed lambs, both of which she disapproved of.
At first, she added, she had been willing to keep the £11,000 left to her by her aunt, but then discovered she had raced whippets, which she also considered to be cruel.
Mr Rees said that despite her views she had used the money to open four accounts at Barclays bank.
Marion, who had denied the charges, will be sentenced on October 19 and was granted bail until then.
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Join the stand against scams

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CEREDIGION residents will get the opportunity to learn more about how they can protect themselves against scams in an event to be held at the Bandstand, Aberystwyth on 27 September between 9:30am and 1:30pm.

Ceredigion County Council have joined the National Trading Standards (NTS) Scams Team and Wales Against Scam Partnership (WASP) who will be touring Wales holding scam awareness events between 24 and 28 September.

Friends Against Scams is an NTS initiative that aims to protect and prevent people from becoming victims of scams by empowering communities to ‘Take a Stand Against Scams’.

Councillor Gareth Lloyd, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Public Protection Services said, “Scams often target the most vulnerable people in society but the reality is that anyone can become a victim of scams. Scams damage lives and can affect people financially and emotionally so I’m proud that Ceredigion County Council has joined the work of the National Trading Standards Scams Team, Friends Against Scams and others who are working together to prevent people from being victims of scams. By signing up as an organisation we undertake to actively promote the Friends Against Scams initiative.”

Each year scams cause between £5bn and £10bn worth of detriment to UK consumers. In addition to the financial impact, scams can have a severe emotional and psychological impact on victims.

Louise Baxter, Team Manager in the National Trading Standards Scams Team said: “The tactics used by scammers leave victims socially isolated and ashamed of telling their friends and families what’s really going on behind closed doors. It is fantastic to have a great organisation to help us tackle this problem on a local, regional and national level and I would encourage all those that are interested in showing their support to join the campaign and be part of our growing Friends Against Scams network.”

Call by at the Bandstand, Aberystwyth on 27 September between 9:30am and 1:30pm to learn more on how to protect yourself from scams. For more information about becoming a Friend Against Scams, visitwww.friendsasagainstscams.org.uk

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