A POLICE sergeant has been commended for his commitment to ensuring the wellbeing of his team.
Dyfed-Powys Police Sergeant Tom Grace is widely seen by his peers and managers as taking personal responsibility for the mental and emotional wellbeing of his staff.
Over the past 18 months in particular, a number of colleagues have credited Sgt Grace with helping them pull through difficult personal circumstances through offering his time in and out of work.
His passion for supporting his staff has been described as “empowering”, and has led to him being recognised at a commendation ceremony.
Sgt Grace, who joined Dyfed-Powys Police as a Special Constable in Cardigan in 1999, said: “I really enjoy my job. I’ve had bad days, the same as everyone, but I’ve always found myself working within good teams of officers, with support offered when I’ve asked, or someone has sensed I was down.
“Any role in the police service is a demanding one, and with the effects of austerity in recent years I have witnessed the impact of the strains of the job more so on people.
“I feel as a sergeant this is a key role where we can identify when support is needed. If I can provide that little bit of support or guidance, I’m succeeding.”
From a Special, Sgt Grace joined as a PCSO and then became a PC in 2007. He is now based in the response team in Llanelli.
Through his experiences across Ceredigion and Carmarthenshire, he has adopted techniques and practices from his own supervisors, combining them to be the best leader he can.
He said: “It’s one of the hardest jobs, working in the police service, but certainly one of the most rewarding also.
“Not only my shift, but all those around me know – or at least I hope they know – they can always speak to me about anything, whether work related or not.”
Sgt Grace regularly checks on his officers’ workload, taking on tasks to prevent them from becoming overwhelmed, supports colleagues who have had time off work due to illness or injury, and even takes it on himself to ensure his team is catered for on duty.
On Christmas Day, he made a cooked breakfast for Llanelli town and rural officers to keep them going through the day.
“I am a great believer in the quote ‘an army marches on its stomach’,” he said. “We have all had those extended shifts, hours on end having not had a break.
“As a constable, and now a sergeant, I take steps to ensure officers receive either a refreshment break or food on the go.
“It’s a morale booster, and we all certainly work better fed than on an empty stomach. I find myself fortunate with a very supportive wife and family who have always assisted in this – a bowl of chilli, sandwiches for everyone at scene preservation, or sometimes a couple of extra plates of Sunday dinner, provided by my wife or mother-in-law.
“It’s the least I can do for all officers and staff that work tirelessly to provide a quality service.”
Ceredigion Museum’s digital storytelling celebrates LGBTQ+ history month
February marks LGBTQ+ History month and Ceredigion Museum has been working with local organisation Aberration to unveil and record fascinating and untold stories of Aberystwyth.
These stories form part of the museum’s ‘It Happened in Aber’ project, which will allow people to listen to the untold stories that have shaped Aberystwyth.
This project was made possible thanks to the ’15-minute heritage’ funding, a partnership between The National Lottery Heritage Fund and Cadw, the Welsh Government’s historic environment service.
Carrie Canham, museum curator, said: “For too long the LGBTQ+ community has been marginalised, or even completely concealed, in history. Ceredigion Museum is keen to share the stories that have lurked in the shadows, to celebrate the diversity and rich LGBTQ+ heritage of Aberystwyth with pride.”
The LGBTQ+ stories researched and recorded with by Jane Hoy, of Aberration, include historic and modern-day characters from the town, including famous academics, poets, mariners, dancers and a spy!
“We are delighted to be working so closely with Ceredigion Museum contributing to ‘queering up’ the museum with lively local stories and events,” Jane.
Aberystwyth has certainly played its part in developing the LGBTQ+ community in West Wales and Sarah and Rosie, founders of Aberystwyth’s ‘Wrecked’ nightclub for women, have documented their fond memories of their venue in the town: “It became a fun and safe haven for lesbians who travelled there from all corners of the county”.
Ceredigion Museum staff and volunteers will be continuing to document stories linked to the LGBTQ+ community, as well as stories linked to specific locations in the town, until April.
From May onwards, The ‘It Happened in Aber’ stories will be available to enjoy in podcast format on the museum’s website as well as forming a digital walking tour of the town, allowing people to listen and enjoy the stories whilst walking around the locations in Aberystwyth.
Councillor Catherine Hughes said: “It’s fantastic that Ceredigion Museum is providing us with an opportunity to enjoy the history and the important contribution of the LGBTQ+ community in Aberystwyth. This is such an important project to document our local heritage. We look forward to listening to all the stories.”
If you can’t wait until the summer, join this years’ virtual Aberration – Between the Lines event on Friday, February 26 from 7pm, when the ladies of ‘Wrecked’ will be sharing some of their stories!
For further information or to share your untold story, contact Sarah Morton, Ceredigion Museum’s sustainability officer, at Sarah.Morton@ceredigion.gov.uk.
Aberaeron takeaway closed for ignoring coronavirus restrictions
A Premises Closure Notice has been issued to Paradise Pizza, Regent Street, Aberaeron due to repeated non-compliance with the Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (No.5) (Wales) Regulations 2020.
The business was issued with a premises improvement notice on 15th January 2021. It was required to take reasonable measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus, including the need to ensure that staff use personal protective equipment and face coverings. However, officers have since witnessed staff failing to wear face coverings on multiple occasions in contravention of their advice.
Monitoring inspections have shown that the majority of Ceredigion‘s retail premises are complying with the restrictions placed on them during the pandemic. Ceredigion County Council’s Public Protection team will continue to take action against businesses who fail to comply with the coronavirus restrictions. Whilst non-compliant businesses will usually receive advice and guidance, serious or persistent breaches will be dealt with by means of closure powers, fixed penalty notices or prosecution.
This takeaway must remain closed for 28 days, or until Public Protection officers are satisfied that the alleged non-compliance has been addressed.
Premises improvement and closure notices are required to be published by law.
The full closure notice can be found on Ceredigion County Council’s website, under Improvement and Closure Notices: http://www.ceredigion.gov.uk/resident/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-improvement-closure-and-direction-notices/
Directory of services launched by Ceredigion’s Carers Unit as part of Carers Rights Day
WHETHER you are a new carer or have been caring for someone for a while, it’s important that you understand your rights and you’re able to access the support that is available to you as soon as you need it. Wherever you are in your caring journey.
It is more important than ever that Carers look after their own health and wellbeing as well as the people they care for. This year for Carers Rights Day, Ceredigion Carers Unit and our partners wanted to ensure Carers have the information and the knowledge that they need at their fingertips, so they can feel confident asking for what they need.
Ceredigion Carers Unit and partners have brought together a Bumper Edition of the Winter Carers Magazine. It’s a ‘Carers Rights Day Directory of services’ bursting with useful information and advice on your rights, including, where to get help and support in West Wales.
There is also a free Carers programme of talks & short training sessions online (also with access by telephone). This programme runs right through until end of March 2021.
Being a carer can take its toll on your wellbeing. Following a recent Carers UK survey, 78% of Carers in Wales said that they have been unable to take any, or a sufficient, breaks from their caring role since the outbreak of COVID-19. As a result of this, surveyed Carers also reported that their health and wellbeing had been affected, with 66% reporting that their mental health had worsened due to the pandemic.
Councillor Catherine Hughes, Carers Champion for Ceredigion County Council, said: “The magazine and the programme of talks & short courses appeals to a huge variety of unpaid Carers. There is something in there for parent Carers, dementia Carers, young Carers, those caring for someone affected by mental health or substance misuse issues and everything in between. And relevant to those caring for people of all ages. If you know of anyone with caring responsibilities who would benefit from this magazine or the free advice sessions, please pass it on.”
Catherine Moyle, Carers Support and Development Officer, Ceredigion County Council, Carers Unit said: “A warm welcome is extended to all unpaid Carers in the county and those that you care for. These are challenging times. Reaching out for support when you need it is a form of self-care and it boosts your resilience. It takes a strong person to carry on caring – it takes a stronger, more resilient person to reach out to others.”
The programme of online sessions and the magazine are available on Ceredigion County Council’s website here: http://www.ceredigion.gov.uk/resident/social-care-wellbeing/support-for-carers/carers-rights-day-2020/ and on their Facebook pages @CeredigionCC under events.
If you would prefer to request a printed copy of the magazine or would like any further information, please get in touch with the Ceredigion Carers Unit on 01970 633564 or e-mail email@example.com.
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