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at the Welsh Classes Information Stall held in Cardigan Tesco and Aldi over the last few weeks, with prospective learners queuing up to find out about all the classes available, as well as students from last year’s courses coming to register. “We’ve been running these

information stalls at Tesco and Aldi for some years now, and they’re a great way for people to find out about their choices for learning Welsh. There are so many options, such as ‘fast-track’ and ‘easier paced’ courses, some in the day and some in the evening, and all different levels,” said one of the Cardigan tutors, Nic Dafis. “People who’ve already learned a bit of Welsh need advice on which level to go in at, and complete beginners need to find out about how the classes work and where they’re run. There are some 20 courses in Cardigan alone and others throughout the

area.” All

the Ceredigion and

Carmarthenshire classes start in the first week in October, and the Pembrokeshire classes in the last week in September, so now’s the time to check out the options.

For anyone who missed the stalls, information can be given over the phone. Call free-phone 0800 876 6975 and leave your number and you’ll be called back or call Philippa Gibson on 01239 654561 or email


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NSPCC concerns over domestic abuse

THERE has been a rise in the Brisk business: At the Welsh Classes Information Stall Welsh Ambulance Service scoops double award

involved with this project in seeking patient-centred solutions. “It’s is a wonderful achievement that

this work has also been acknowledged for its outstanding contribution to prudent healthcare. “This work not only sought patient-

centred solutions, but we can now see real evidence in the data that suggests that more ambulance time is being made available through this collaborative work for our other service users.” Frequent Attendees Case Load

Manager at Cardiff and Vale UHB, Anna Sussex, said: “We are incredibly proud that this project has won an NHS Wales Award. “It is a tribute to the enthusiasm and

Presented with awards: Staff from the Welsh Ambulance Service and Cardiff and Vale UHB

dedication of partners across health, third sector, local authority and other agencies that we have been able to reduce demand on emergency services whilst supporting extremely vulnerable patients.” Cabinet Secretary for Health, Well-

being and Sport, Vaughan Gething, who attended the ceremony in Cardiff, said: “The winners and nominees have made changes to improve the services they provide – but I know that across the NHS, other organisations will be taking notice of what they have achieved and seeing how they too can make improvements. “These awards allow us to celebrate


SERVICE has won two NHS Wales Awards in partnership with Cardiff and Vale University Health Board. The first award, Working Seamlessly

Across Organisations, came as a result of a successful collaboration with health, third sector and local authority agencies to reduce the demand on emergency services. The project also landed the Outstanding Contribution to Prudent Health Care Award, presented by Chief Medical Officer Dr Frank Atherton. In an effort to improve prudent

healthcare, the ongoing project focuses on frequent 999 callers and those who regularly attend unscheduled care

services, including the Emergency Unit at University Hospital of Wales and the GP Out of Hours Service. Data is then shared and collated

on those who use the services involved more than five times in any given month, allowing the organisations to establish any unmet care that such patients may require. This could include increased care packages or community support via third sector and voluntary agencies. Robin Petterson, the Welsh

Ambulance Service’s Frequent Caller Lead, said: “It has been the culmination of three years of hard work and collaboration with Cardiff and Vale University Health Board and other important agencies

fantastic care and dedicated NHS staff and their partners, making a real difference for citizens across Wales every day. I want to congratulate everyone who was nominated for their commitment to improving quality in our NHS.” Organised by NHS Wales’ national

improvement service, 1,000 Lives Improvement, the NHS Wales Awards were first established in 2008 to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the NHS and, in doing so, promote good practice across Wales. A total of 167 entries were received

from various organisations, revealing the high standard of innovative and diverse work that is transforming patient care. To read more about all of the winners, visit

amount of Welsh adults concerned about children exposed or witnessing physical violence and emotional abuse in their homes. In response to this increase, the

National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) has launched their TV campaign, ‘Alfie’, to protect children’s chances to dream. Figures revealed by the NSPCC

show a 58% increase in the number of people concerned about domestic abuse in Wales, with an average three calls a week to the charity’s helpline last year. There were 170 contacts from

Wales in 2015/16, up from 104 in 2011/12. In total, over the last five years, 726 calls were taken on this issue from adults in Wales. Last year, 152 Welsh cases,

involving 292 children, were deemed so serious by counsellors that they were referred to external agencies such as the police or social services. Across the UK, the helpline

received 3,883 contacts in 2015/16 - compared to 2,223 in 2011/12 - from people worried about children living in a dangerous or risky home. The startling figures come as

the NSPCC launches a national TV advertising campaign aimed at raising awareness of what a child can achieve when freed from domestic abuse and allowed to dream of big things. The story of Alfie the Astronaut

will return to our screens on Saturday night on ITV Wales during The X Factor, with the public being reminded that abuse stifles a child’s ability to dream.

Alfie tells the story of how a young

boy and his mother are subjected to physical violence by his mother’s new partner, an all too familiar story for the NSPCC helpline staff. Signs that a child might be living

in a home where domestic abuse is taking place include: • Becoming aggressive • Displaying behaviour


• Suffering from depression or anxiety

• Not doing as well at school One caller told a practitioner

on the free, 24-hour helpline: “I‘m worried about a young mum I know. I have seen her with bruises on her arms and legs and I am worried that her new

boyfriend is being violent towards her. She has a baby at home who could be at risk if there is violence in the home. I’m concerned that she isn’t looking after herself and may need some support to look after the baby too. Can you please help?” Another person who called the

helpline added: “There seems to be a lot of trouble in the family home. Mum and dad fight a lot and I think mum is being beaten by dad. Mum seems to take it out on the kids when dad isn’t around. She is constantly slapping them, pushing them around and verbally abusing them.” News of the five-year increase

comes in the same month as the Crown Prosecution Service revealed that, in 2015/16, more than 6,600 people were prosecuted and more than 5,000 convicted for cases of domestic abuse in Wales. There were over 100,000

prosecutions across the UK and 75,000 convictions; the highest figure on record. Recent research by Public Health

Wales shows that adults who suffered adverse childhood experiences, such as being brought up in a household where there was domestic violence, are more likely to adopt health-harming behaviours and suffer low mental well- being in adult life. The Head of NSPCC Cymru/

Wales, Des Mannion, said: “Home should be a haven for children where they feel safe and loved and encouraged to dream big. Tragically, for many young people in Wales, it is instead a place where they are weighed down by the fear of violence and emotional abuse from those that they care for most. “We know from Welsh research

that the implications of this can have a devastating life-long impact, often resulting in an intergenerational cycle of violence. “It is vital that we don’t allow

children suffering from living in a home plagued by domestic abuse to remain in the shadows. Anyone who is either a victim of abuse, suspects it is taking place or is worried about a child should report their concerns to the police or contact the NSPCC. “There are people ready to listen

and do everything they can to ensure that the children involved get to grow up in a happy environment.”

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