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19 News Barnardo’s appeal for foster carers Petition calls for shooting ban LEADING animal protection

group Animal Aid has launched an online petition calling on the Welsh Government to ban shooting on Welsh public land. The petition, which is hosted on


are appealing for people of all backgrounds and walks of life, who can provide a safe and loving home, to consider becoming a foster carer. Foster placements are particularly

needed for teenagers, siblings, children with special needs and those threatened by exploitation. Jason Baker of the Barnardo’s

Cymru Adoption and Fostering Service said: “We are always looking for people with experience of teenagers as many of the young people we work with are teens and pre-teens.” “It may be that someone has seen

their own children grow up and leave home, or they may have worked as a teacher, nurse or police officer for instance. We have had people who have retired in their 50s and people looking for a career change. A small number have been through the care system themselves so really understand the

child’s perspective.” Barnardo’s offer excellent packages

of training and support for foster carers, as well as generous financial packages and opportunities to work towards becoming a specialist foster carer. Jason added: “Barnardo’s Cymru

offers a bespoke fostering service for some of the more difficult to place children and young people. That may be because they need to be placed with siblings or their previous placement broke down, for instance. Some present risk taking behaviours and are vulnerable to exploitation. “We are a small team and work

closely with our foster carers to find the right child for them and support them. The carers themselves also form a support network so we work together like an extended family.” If you are interested in becoming

a foster carer, ring 02920 493387 or email

Volunteers needed for Welsh Hearts charity

Animal Aid’s new microsite (www., comes in response to growing public outrage about Wales’ environmental protection agency, Natural Resources Wales (NRW), leasing areas of public land for the ‘sport shooting’ of pheasants. The petition reads: ‘We call on

the National Assembly for Wales to urge the Welsh Government to ensure that Natural Resources Wales, as the Welsh Government-Sponsored Body responsible, stops leasing out public land to commercial shooting operations. NRW’s key constitutional function

is to act as an environmental steward of the land that it manages on behalf of the Welsh Government and citizens. ‘But leasing this land to shooting

operations negatively impacts on conservation, biodiversity and animal welfare.

‘Shooting also pollutes the

land with toxic lead shot which is responsible for poisoning and killing many animals. ‘NRW’s shooting leases facilitate

an activity that is abhorrent to many Welsh citizens: the killing of animals for ‘sport’. The leases also mean that public access to land that is owned by Welsh citizens can be restricted. In October 2015, a well-placed

REGARDED as the heart

charity at the centre of saving lives in Wales, Welsh Hearts is the leading heart charity in Wales for placing defibrillators into communities and CPR and defibrillator training across the country. The charity is calling for

volunteers across Wales to help them place collection tins and achieve their aim of raising £6,000. Welsh Hearts are looking for

volunteers to devote a mere hour of their time to help raise funds that will go straight to the charity’s Heart Screening Wales campaign. Since the beginning of the year, the

charity has delivered heart screening sessions to those between 12 and 35 years old in towns across Wales. Each session lasts one day and

costs lie in the region of £6,000. A collaboration of West Wales volunteers working together to help raise enough funds for this target would allow the charity to continue the proven, life- saving project in the Dyfed-Powys area.

Mid and West Wales Fundraising

Manager, Meinir Lewis, is eager to rally as many volunteers as possible to the cause. She said: “All we need is an hour

of people’s time, or whatever they can spare. It’s a fantastic way to meet new and inspiring people and it would be great if local people can share their thoughts of where best to raise funds

and where collection tins would work best in their community, whether it’s at their local restaurant or pub, their village shop or the cinema, so we need them to get in touch with their ideas and donate a little of their spare time for a truly Welsh cause.” A Heart Screening Wales session

in West Wales will be funded by the money raised through the placement of collection tins. Up to 120 hearts can be screened in a single session for those aged 12 to 35. The test is a painless, non-invasive ECG which takes 5-10 minutes and will detect most abnormalities, giving people the chance to manage their condition. Meinir added: “Twelve young

people in the UK die each week from an undiagnosed heart condition, and that’s 12 too many. Our Heart Screening Wales campaign sets out to help protect and promote the heart health of young people here in Wales, early diagnosis is absolutely essential. Many people still associate heart disease and heart attacks with older people; however, this is sadly not the case. But with screening we can make a massive difference and we will save lives.” To volunteer for the collection box

project, please email meinir.Lewis@ or call 07422 523734. Welsh Hearts will supply you with collection tins and literature. For more information about Wales’ leading heart charity, visit

source informed

Animal Aid that NRW intended to rent out some of its land in Myherin for the ‘sport shooting’ of pheasants. As a result of

several Freedom of Information requests, Animal Aid learned that at least five other parcels of land managed by NRW are already rented out for shooting. While NRW did

not initiate these shoot agreements – one or more predecessor bodies was responsible – NRW could have wound down the operations, rather than expanding them.

Media exposure of NRW’s

shooting agreements, as well as public pressure on the agency and Welsh Assembly members, have resulted in NRW announcing it will conduct a review into whether it should continue to allow recreational shooting on its estate.

Animal Aid has insisted that it is

vital that NRW allows independent experts, interested parties, and the public as stakeholders to participate in the review process. Fiona Pereira, Animal Aid Campaign Manager, said: “Animal

Aid’s petition calls for an end to ‘sport shooting’ on public land. That land belongs to the people of Wales and they have every right to determine how it is used. “We are heartened that Natural

Resources Wales is to conduct a review into this issue because we believe that a properly conducted, independent and stakeholder-inclusive review should come to the conclusion that shooting should be banned on Welsh public land. The majority of people abhor the killing of animals for pleasure and it is high time that NRW ceases leasing publicly-owned land for shooting and instead uses it for projects that are positive, educational and enhance the environment.”

Forum to discuss housing legislation changes A HOUSING Landlords Forum

will be hosted by Ceredigion County Council on Thursday (Sept 8) in order to inform Ceredigion landlords and agents of new changes to the Welsh housing legislation that will affect people involved in the private renting of

residential accommodation. The forum will be held at 5.30 pm

at Aberystwyth University, Penbryn Hall, Penglais Campus, Aberystwyth, where a representative from Rent Smart Wales will be available to inform all attending of how the changes will affect their tenancy.

There will also be opportunity to discuss matters relevant to the new legislation in relation to the private rental sector in Ceredigion. Attendees can reserve a place

in advance by contacting housing@ or by calling 01545 572105.

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