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Commissioner gives residents a voice

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a voiceDYFED-POWYS POLICE and Crime Commissioner Christopher Salmon has been to Tenby to discuss with residents the recent changes to the force and some of the issues around the town.

On February 21 the commissioner spent a day in the town as part of a series of ‘Your Voice’ days and he met up with business people, victims of crime, police officers and PCSOs, older people and other residents.

Matters discussed included Mr Salmon’s work to help develop a police force to meet modern needs across Dyfed-Powys, his news that the force would soon have 30 new police officer posts and his desire to see more imaginative thinking in preventing youth crime.

Mr Salmon said: “The best outcome I can have in my role is the prevention of crime and I’ve heard of a few Tenby issues that I’ll be following up on.

“These include the possibility of extra powers for PCSO’s in relation to parking fines, dog fouling penalty notices and orders which can see individuals removed from a public location for 24 hours.”

The Commissioner’s visit to Tenby began with a town centre walkabout with PCSO’s Sarah Smith and Andrew Griffiths.

Over refreshments at Caffe Vista, he talked to David Petersen of West Wales Animal Aid and Doug Waters of the Tenby and District Licensed Victuallers Association (LVA).

At the Salvation Army coffee shop in Upper Park Road, he met Major Martyn Clements and friends of the church.

Mr Salmon hosted a public surgery which attracted four individual visitors for private meetings at the Fourcroft Hotel then spoke with officers at Tenby Police Station.

Mr Salmon said: “This was a people-focused day for local people to air their views. As their voice in crime and policing I need to understand their thoughts and, to those who missed out, I say ‘Please contact me through my Office.’

“Your Voice days are all about me gaining a greater understanding of the crime and policing needs of local people.”

Mr Salmon plans more Your Voice days through 2014, right across each Dyfed-Powys county of Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and Powys.

The schedule includes St David’s (May), Aberaeron (June), Milford Haven (September) and Cardigan (November).

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Staff experience what dementia may feel like

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During Autumn 2019 Ceredigion County Council staff and elected members were given the opportunity to take part in a Virtual Dementia Tour (VDT). By using specialist equipment and creating a simulated environment, the experience gave an insight into what dementia might feel like.

Donna Pritchard, Corporate Lead Officer Porth Ceredigion and Deputy Statutory Director for Social Services said: “This has been a very thought-provoking experience. It’s allowed participants to physically and emotionally feel what it would be like to live with Dementia and to acknowledge the challenges to overcome that sensory loss brings.”

Dementia is a syndrome (a group of related symptoms) associated with an ongoing decline of brain functioning. This may include problems with memory loss, thinking speed, mental sharpness and quickness, language, understanding judgement, mood, movement and difficulties carrying out daily activities.

Donna continued: “The Virtual Dementia Tour identifies ways to improve communication for people living with dementia and ways that care and support staff can change their practice to improve their lives and help them achieve positive outcomes. All our staff at residential homes have been trained to ensure that people with dementia are supported in an inclusive environment.”

Staff yn cael profiad o’r hyn y gall dementia deimlo fel

Yn ystod yr Hydref 2019 rhoddwyd cyfle i staff ac aelodau etholedig Cyngor Sir Ceredigion gymryd rhan mewn ‘Virtual Dementia Tour‘ (VDT). Drwy ddefnyddio offer arbenigol a chreu amgylchedd ffug, roedd y profiad yn rhoi cipolwg ar yr hyn y gallai dementia ei deimlo.

Dywedodd Donna Pritchard, Swyddog Arweiniol Corfforaethol Porth Ceredigion a Dirprwy Gyfarwyddwr Statudol Gwasanaethau Cymdeithasol: “Mae hwn wedi bod yn brofiad sy’n ysgogi’r meddwl. Mae’n caniatáu i gyfranogwyr deimlo sut beth fyddai fyw gyda dementia, yn gorfforol ac yn emosiynol, a chydnabod yr heriau i oresgyn y golled synhwyraidd honno.”

Mae dementia yn syndrom (grŵp o symptomau cysylltiedig) sy’n gysylltiedig â dirywiad parhaus o ran gweithrediad yr ymennydd. Gall hyn gynnwys problemau o ran colli cof, cyflymder meddwl, miniogrwydd meddwl a chyflymdra, iaith, deall dyfarniad, hwyliau, symud ac anawsterau’n cyflawni gweithgareddau dyddiol.

Parhaodd Donna: “Mae’r ‘Virtual Dementia Tour’ yn nodi ffyrdd o wella’r cyfathrebu ar gyfer pobl sy’n byw gyda dementia a ffyrdd y gall staff gofal a chymorth newid eu hymarfer i wella eu bywydau a’u helpu i gyflawni canlyniadau cadarnhaol. Mae pob un o’n staff mewn cartrefi preswyl wedi cael eu hyfforddi i sicrhau bod pobl â dementia yn cael eu cefnogi mewn amgylchedd cynhwysol.”

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Quadruple success for Ceredigion in Estyn Excellence Awards

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FOUR Ceredigion organisations were successful in the Estyn Excellence Awards in October.

Aberporth Bilingual Playgroup and Cylch Meithrin Talgarreg made up half of the nurseries that were recognised for excellence.

Ysgol Dyffryn Cledlyn and Ysgol Mynach were two of 29 primary schools recognised on the night.

Councillor Catrin Miles is the Cabinet member responsible for Learning Services. She said: “We are extremely proud of the recognition by Estyn of the excellence achieved at these schools and settings. I offer my sincere congratulations to all staff, pupils, governors and parents.”

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New Children’s Book based on local fisherman

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CHILDREN’S AUTHOR Natalie L Davies has written a story based on local man, Mickey Beechey, of Llangrannog.

The book is available on Amazon.

Natalie said: “I’ve written a series of children’s books with the central character, the lovely ‘Mickey the Fisherman’. The first book is called ‘Pollution’, and is a bright colourful and fun book with a valuable message.”

The book is available to buy on Amazon in both paperback and kindle, and can be found at: mybook.to/mickeythefisherman.

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