From the Centre for Ageing Better, a useful chart on the types of physical activities that are most effective at improving muscle function, bone health and balance.
Western Power Distribution’s Power Up advice hubs are helping customers to save money and keep warm.
As part of their Social Obligations programme, we’ve developed a number of innovative schemes to tackle fuel poverty. These are the first of their kind for a Distribution Network Operator and are already helping many customers to save money and keep warm.
Their key fuel poverty scheme is the ‘Power Up’ initiative. Western Power Distribution has developed this from their commitment to contact all of their customers that they know to be potentially vulnerable in a power cut, to check and update their details. Every customer that they contact is given the opportunity to be referred to one of their Power Up projects. They provide direct referrals to an expert partner who then offers a range of income, tariff and energy efficiency support and advice. To make sure that the projects benefit their customers, they monitor all referrals so they know that each one has had an outcome
In 2018 the projects supported more than 8,900 customers. A large number of these customers are benefiting financially saving – £1.9m from the support provided.
Western Power Distribution’s Priority Services Register (PSR) is free to join. It helps energy companies look after customers who have extra communication, access or safety needs. It helps us tailor our services to support households who may need extra help.
To join, register on their website: https://www.westernpower.co.uk/customers-and-community/priority-services/priority-services-register or call our Coordinator Lena on 07805 717556.
Our Pembrokeshire-wide partnership project Together for Change project is now recruiting for two posts. Funded by the National Lottery COVID-19 Response Fund Wales, the project was founded by Solva Care with partner organisations PAVS and PLANED. We are now looking for a full time Project Coordinator and Project Officer to take the project forward.
The COVID-19 pandemic and its implications for society has revealed the importance of community level organisations at a critical time, with communities responding dynamically and compassionately to the challenges they faced. Together for Change will bring together third and public sector organisations to establish a positive legacy from the experiences of COVID-19 and build on the important contribution of community-led action to the health and wellbeing of people in Pembrokeshire.
Find out more about these exciting opportunities on https://www.solvacare.co.uk/tfc/ – closing date 15 September.
West Wales Walking for Wellbeing, who started arranging walks in Solva just before the lock-down, has now had the green light to start working towards starting up again. They will be different from before with smaller groups with one leader and one back marker. The route will be in upper Solva, which hopefully will be quieter than lower Solva and allowing us to more easily keep to social distancing. Their representative Sam Evans is hoping to come this week to check out potential routes.
Attached is a poster for walk leader training which some of you may be interested in. The idea is that anyone interested will complete it before the walks restart or in the near future so volunteers can take groups as well. There will also be a booking system and eventually an online registration that’s being worked on at the moment. This will all be covered in the training for volunteers.
Contact Lena on 07805 717556 if the is something you would consider or you can contact Sam directly on 07796526166.
The survey’s purpose if to ensure that older people are engaged as to their views on their experience of the last 4 months and aspirations for recovery from the pandemic. This has been an unprecedented period for older people (not ending yet) and it is important their voice is heard now and over the coming year when there are likely to be many economic and social difficulties emerging. The survey can be downloaded or completed online at https://www.ageuk.org.uk/cymru/get-involved/covid-19-survey/experiences-of-people-aged-50-or-over-in-wales-during-the-covid-19-lockdown/
If you need some extra help with getting hold of bottled water if your service is interrupted, a well as help such as accessible bills, join the Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water Priority Services Register. Read more about it in their leaflet, take a look at their website or call Lena on 07805 717556 and she’ll help you to get set up.
How many mice have you spotted yet? They are still coming out of hiding – here’s number 41 Mariner Mouse hiding out in Lower Solva. Pick up your map from Bay View Stores, Solva and Window on Wales or download.
A boatload of mice have made their way to Solva on their ‘Big Cheese’ sailing boat. Under cover of night, they moored in the harbour and came ashore. Some stayed in Lower Solva, some went up the hill to Upper Solva and others have even ventured as far as Whitchurch. Where could they be hiding…? Pick up a free map from the Top Shop or Window on Wales and hunt them all! Or download a PDF map from the Solva Care website.
Solva Care in the Press
10 November 2014
‘Doing different things’ in care and support in Wales / ‘Gwneud pethau gwahanol’ mewn gofal a chefnogaeth yng Nghymru
13 November 2014
Welsh Government examines differnt approach to social services with pilot projects
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