Can we support you or your relatives?
How can we support you or your relatives?
If you are finding that …
- you would like to get out and about more,
- some chores are getting too much,
- your carer needs a little support, or
- your spend too much time on your own
…then support services from Solva Care may be the answer!
How does it work?
You make contact with our Coordinator who will match you with one of our volunteers. Our Coordinator can also act as a link to other sources of help or information, if another organisation is better placed to help.
How safe is it to use our service?
All our volunteers are recruited locally and have been DBS-checked, are insured, have signed a Confidentiality Agreement and received induction training.
Our Coordinator is employed by us and manages the day-to-day operation of Solva Care’s services.
It’s free! Solva Care relies on grants and donations to fund our voluntary service.
To find out more about our service, how to become a volunteer or to make a donation.
As have other organisations, we have suspended our regular activities and events, although – with Solva Community Council – are co-ordinating volunteers to help with shopping, delivering food, dog walking or picking up prescriptions. If you could help with this, please email email@example.com or call Lena on 07805 717556, and if you would like some assistance to cope with staying home, let Lena know too.
How can we help?
- Pop-in visits
- Short respite for family members
- Shopping and picking up prescriptions
- Help with correspondence and form filling
- Conversation and reading
- Transport (if other transport is not available)
- Walks and trips out
- Minor repairs and maintenance
- Small domestic and garden chores (temporary)
- Dog walking
- Help with electrical devices and the internet
- Signposting to other services
Join an activity!
Solva Care organises regular activities in Solva, as well as assisting you with attending other activities that happen in our village, and further afield. Below are tasters of what is happening, but look at our Our News page to see more of what we do or can help you to do.
Held most Fridays at 2-4pm in Solva Memorial Hall, Friday Club is run by Solva Care as a weekly ‘get together’ where villagers can engage with each other in a variety of activities. Download the programme for more information.
It provides fun and entertainment sessions that include several bands – Country and Western, Solva Ukulele Pirates, St. Davids Cathedral Hand Bells and more. There are various craft sessions delivered by local people, gentle movement sessions provided by yoga and activity specialists. There are also music quizzes, beetle drives, and scrapbook memories and reminiscing sessions.
The aim of the sessions is to include as many local people and others to partake in wellbeing activities that address – not only the results of ageing, for example memory loss and restricted mobility – but also provide opportunities to combat loneliness, isolation and emotional issues; everyone who attends these sessions helps strengthen community bonds. Most of our sessions are delivered by local people and this alone encourages local involvement and integration, building knowledge and support to sustain our cohesive environment. Solva Craft Group have knitted bean bags for our exercising session.
We invite all ages to attend, when and if they can, and we can assist with transport. Call Lena on 07805 717556 or Sandra on 01437 721450 (just to check that it is running) or just come along.
In 1982 when Clwb Solfach was formed as an off-shoot of Solva Old People’s Welfare Committee, it was hailed as being a ‘self-help’ scheme unique in the three counties of Pembrokeshire, Cardiganshire and Carmarthenshire, and was an example for others setting up in Pembrokeshire.
There are 6 teams who take it in turn to cook and serve, and the Lulncheon Club is inspected under the Food & Hygiene Regulations.
A 2-course meal, plus a cup of tea or coffee, is provided most Wednesdays in Solva Memorial Hall, for the very reasonable sum of £4.
Anyone who lives within the parish of Whitchurch and Solva, who is disabled or is aged 60 and over is very welcome.
For more information, please contact Jane Pascoe on 01437 721544.
A team of volunteers from Solva holds a weekly coffee morning in the Memorial Hall on Thursdays, 10.30am – noon. There is no charge, but donations are accepted, and there is also a mini library. If you are in Solva and would like a lift to get there, just call our Co-ordinator Lena on 07805 717556.
Join Laura for a new approach to exercise at Solva Memorial Hall on Tuesdays 2-3pm.
Gentle exercise classes are low intensity sessions specifically designed for adults in a friendly atmosphere. You will be participating in a range of different exercises which could include gentle aerobics, yoga, tai chi, chair based exercises, relaxation and stretches.
This is a great way to improve fitness, lose weight and tone the whole body. It’s a suitable activity for people with joint conditions or those who may be carrying some extra body weight.
Contact Laura by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or via Facebook @letswalkpembs for details and to book.
The newest Men’s Shed in Wales has just started in Solva! Men’s Sheds are for those interested in learning new skills, wanting to share skills they have and for those seeking companionship and access to the community. They provide community spaces for men to connect, converse and create. The activities are often similar to those of garden sheds, but for groups of men to enjoy together. If you are interested in joining, call Robin on 01437 721558 or just turn up on a Tuesday afternoon at 2pm at Solva Football Club.
“I strongly believe this service to be invaluable to my mother and me. Life would certainly be more difficult without it!
I am also of the opinion that the service is invaluable to Solva. It helps foster community spirit, and makes those in need feel cared about and less alone”.
Self-help: some useful resources
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Stay Safe Stay Connected
Stay Safe Stay Connected is an ongoing project funded by the Dyfed-Powys Police Commisioner to raise awareness of, and prevent scams in, our community.
Each year many people fall victim to fraudsters, intent on stealing their personal and financial information and conning them out of their money. They are often targeted by scammers again and again!
- Mail Scams
- Telephone Scams
- Text Messages
- Internet Scams
- Doorstep Scams
Download a leaflet
Useful phone numbers if you, or a relative, friend or neighbour, have been targeted by a scam:
Neighbourhood Police: 101
Action Fraud: 0300 123 2040
Citizens Advice: 03454 040506 or 03454 040505 (Cymraeg)
Registered Charity Number 1172878