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Come Work for Us!

Come Work for Us!

Would you be interested in helping Solva Care extend its work in the local community? The Solva Care Trustees are looking for a person with good local knowledge and an interest in helping and supporting our community. We have funding to appoint an Activities Assistant to work with our Solva Care Co-ordinator on our current projects. The role will also involve developing a programme of leisure and recreational activities to interest and involve people in our community, and also attract those who would like to get out more and become more involved in village life again.

Salary: £12 per hour, hours: maximum 46 hours a month; location: Solva; closing date for applications: 16 October 2020; expected start date: November 2020.

For a full job description, please contact Solva Care Finance Officer Bruce Payne by emailing brucepayne241@gmail.com or calling 07890 987 259. Or, for an informal chat, contact Trustee Board Chair Mollie Roach by email on alanmollie@btinternet.com or by calling 01436 729052.

 

Get Physical!

Get Physical!

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.

Power Up!

Power Up!

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.

To find out more please contact Karen McCalman, Social Obligations Officer – 01332 827 644 or kmccalman@westernpower.co.uk or take a look at their leaflet.

Western Power Distribution Priority Service

Western Power Distribution Priority Service

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.

Exciting Job Opportunities!

Exciting Job Opportunities!

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.

Image by Parveender Lamba from Pixabay 

West Wales Walking for Wellbeing

West Wales Walking for Wellbeing

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.

Age Cymru’s Lockdown Survey

Age Cymru’s Lockdown Survey

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/

 

 

Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water Priority Service

Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water Priority Service

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.

Image by Rudy and Peter Skitterians from Pixabay 

More Mice!

More Mice!

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.

Solva Care in the Press

Mynewsdesk

10 November 2014
‘Doing different things’ in care and support in Wales / ‘Gwneud pethau gwahanol’ mewn gofal a chefnogaeth yng Nghymru

BBC News

28 August 2019
Solva Care volunteers ‘plugging the gap’ in Pembrokeshire

BBC News

23 November 2016
Funding fears over Solva Care project in Pembrokeshire

BBC News

23 October 2015
Pilot project to ‘keep care local’ in Pembrokeshire village

County Echo

30 September 2016
Village hosts conference on community and home care

BBC News

27 April 2017
Solva Care project in Pembrokeshire secures funding

Coop News

13 November 2014
Welsh Government examines differnt approach to social services with pilot projects

County Echo

7 December 2015
Health Minister visits community care project

BBC News

23 November 2016
Solva Care project ‘makes a difference’, says volunteer

Tivy-Side Advertiser

9 November 2015
Solva pilots local care project

County Echo

14 February 2017
Molly wins anti-scam quiz

BBC News

28 August 2019
Volunteers ‘ease the loneliness’ for Solva’s elderly people

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