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Exciting project aims to explore different ways to manage public money

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THE WEST Wales Care Partnership (WWCP) is launching three Participatory Budgeting pilots across the Region as part of their Programme 7 focus, ‘creating connections for all’.

Funded through the Welsh Assembly Government Transformation Fund, the project aims to explore a different way to manage public money. Community members decide how a public budget will be spent, enabling citizens to identify and prioritise their needs and work together to make decisions about their local services. It can also help build stronger communities involved in addressing local needs with local assets.  

Community Volunteering Development Officer, Jamie Horton of CAVS, has been working with the Llandeilo Community Action Hub and saw Llandeilo as an obvious choice for the Carmarthenshire Pilot. “This community demonstrates a real appetite for grassroots action and their positive attitude towards co-production, and a voice for every resident, made them a natural partner. We are at a point where the local voice can have such an incredible impact ”.

The funding from Welsh Government of £10,000, as well as the communities own matched investment,  will provide a reasonable purse for Llandeilo to make some noise.   CAVS will host a public meeting over zoom on October 7th  and over the next few months information will be available in key places within the community and on the Llandeilo Community Action Hub FB page (2) Llandeilo Community Action Hub | Facebook.

“Llandeilo Community Action Hub is honoured to provide the link between residents and CAVS,” says Action Hub Chair Christoph Fischer. “I hope that we get to hear and learn from new voices in the

Llandeilo area and more people come forward in the public meeting.”

Participatory budgeting puts the decision making into the hands of Llandeilo’s unseen heroes – it’s residents. The project committee will require representation from across the Town, YOU will be asked what would improve YOUR life, YOU will identify the key themes and help develop solutions and once those solutions are actionable – YOU will vote on the projects to fund. This will all culminate in a fantastic ‘blended’ community event, of on-line and in-person attendance, at the beginning of 2022 to showcase the voice of Llandeilo.

For more information please contact Jamie Horton Community Volunteering Development Officer jamie.horton@cavs.org.uk

Look out for more information and ensure you are part of this exciting development by registering on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/168713018179

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Domestic abuse victims in Wales to be given more time to report assaults

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DOMESTIC abuse victims in Wales and England to be given more time to report assaults.

New measures targeted directly at keeping women and girls safer will be added to the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill last week (Jan 4) the UK Government has announced.

Under the changes, victims of domestic abuse will be allowed more time to report incidents of common assault or battery against them. Currently, prosecutions must commence within six months of the offence.

Instead, this requirement will be moved to six months from the date the incident is formally reported to the police – with an overall time limit of two years from the offence to bring a prosecution.Domestic abuse is often reported late relative to other crimes; so this will ensure victims have enough time to seek justice and that perpetrators answer for their actions.

The UK Government says that today’s announcement builds on measures already in the Bill to better protect women such as ending the halfway release of offenders sentenced between four and seven years in prison for serious sexual offences – forcing them to spend two-thirds of their time in prison.

In December, the legislation was amended to make clear that a new legal duty requiring public bodies to work together to tackle serious violence can also include domestic abuse and sexual offences.

It means that these crimes should be taken as seriously as knife crime and homicide, with police, government, and health bodies required to collaborate locally, so that they can develop more holistic strategies to protect people from harm, including through early intervention.

Home Secretary, Priti Patel, said: “My commitment to making our homes, streets and communities safer for women and girls is clear.”

“Every department in government is working to address and tackle all issues relating to violence against women and girls.”

“The Government has a focussed strategy, dedicated to providing essential support for survivors, the prevention of crimes against women and girls and bringing perpetrators to justice with the full force of the law.”

“Our actions include the new Domestic Abuse Act, with important changes to our laws; a newly created national police lead responsible solely on violence against women and girls, and millions of pounds have been invested in direct safety measures through the Safer Streets Fund.”

“These are all important public confidence measures and changes to ensure the safety of women and girls in public spaces.”

The UK Government has also said that taking non-consensual photographs or video recordings of breastfeeding mothers will be made a specific offence punishable by up to two years in prison.

It covers situations where the motive is to obtain sexual gratification, or to cause humiliation, distress or alarm.

Similar legislation introduced by the UK Government in 2019 that criminalised “up skirting” has led to more than 30 prosecutions since it became law.

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Vandalised church passes fundraising target

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The inside of the Church was also subjected to vandalism

A FUNDRAISER to rebuild a vandalised church met its goal of £20k within three days. 

Eglwys y Grog, which is situated near the cliffs at Mwnt. It is a well known landmark, and is a favourite among photographers.

Clive Davies, a local County Councillor, claims he is “totally blown away” with the donations. 

He said the church was targeted on 2 December, and again on 20 December, in “a pointless saddening act.”

“There was nothing of value in the church and it was a senseless act. There was no money there, just a small little church,” he added.

“The church members were getting a lot of requests to donate money and they contacted me to do something coordinated online so I set up a JustGiving page for them.

“It’s been a global response really, three thousand pounds came in overnight. There were messages of support from America, and there was a couple from Australia as well,

“There are a lot of good people out there and it is an amazing start to 2022 for us.”

When the campaign was launched on January 1st, a £20,000 goal was set.

The leaded windows of the church were smashed in with rocks

The inside of the church, as well as the leaded church windows and gated entrance, were all damaged.

Mr Davies, who is also a local councillor, claims to have long-standing family ties to the church, which includes plaques honouring his great-grandparents on either side of the altar.

“The local community has been amazing, supporting it and the power of social media made in tenfold,” he said.

“It was like a snowball effect really, local businesses have offered not only financial support but will be part of the restoration work needed now.”

“I’ll be meeting with the church members and the vicar and we’ll start discussing what needs doing, but also we’re going to have to look at safety for the future and what could we do in terms of security,” he added.

He stated that it was critical for the church to remain open while staying safe.

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£250 boost to all Ceredigion food banks

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PLAID CYMRU Councillors from Ceredigion will donate £250 to each food bank in the county to alleviate pressures over the Christmas period.

The issue of food banks continues on a daily basis in most towns in Wales due to lack of funds and benefits being cut. 

Individuals and families are forced to use food banks to make sure they have food for their children and families.

A spokesperson for the Councillors said: “Ceredigion County Council’s Plaid Cymru Group of Councilors is delighted to announce their decision again this year to donate £250.00 each to every food bank in Ceredigion.

“Food banks in Aberystwyth, Cardigan, Aberaeron, Llandysul, Lampeter will benefit from this over Christmas.

“Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.”

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