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Businesses invited to attend engagement event

BUSINESSES in the construction

industry will get a chance to hear about the major opportunities open to them as part of the South West Wales Regional Contractors Framework. A contractor engagement event is

being held at Llanelli’s Parc Y Scarlets on February 9, giving local businesses the opportunity to find out about forthcoming projects that they could be a part of. The Framework is used for the

delivery of construction, design and project management services across the Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire, Ceredigion, Swansea and Neath Port Talbot council areas. More that £103 million worth of

projects have been awarded amongst the 23 contractors on the Framework since February, with a further £177 million worth of projects in the pipeline. The event will bring these

contractors and potential sub- contractors together, allowing them to network and discuss future business opportunities. Buyers of the Framework services will also be in attendance, and there will

be free workshops to support businesses to get the most out of their contracts, including advice on community benefit clauses. Carmarthenshire County Council

leads the Framework on behalf of the partner authorities. Cllr David Jenkins, the council’s

Executive Board Member for Resources, said: “This event reaches out to hundreds of local suppliers within the South West Wales region, and is a great opportunity to engage informally with major contractors, local small and medium-sized enterprises, buyers and business support organisations.” “The Framework has major

potential for local businesses and employment. Launched in February, it has already won the Government Opportunities Excellence in Public Procurement Award, which is a recognised benchmark for procurement excellence in the public sector. “I hope that this event will be the

start of a prosperous journey for many businesses which, of course, will be good news for the local economy.” To book a place at the event, visit Children ‘mesmerised’ as swan rescued

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Ambulance Service prepared for adverse weather WITH Wales braced for wintry

weather, the Welsh Ambulance Service is reminding members of the public to stay safe and use the service appropriately. The Trust is taking extra

precautions to ensure it can continue to get help to patients during the adverse weather by making its 4x4 vehicles available to respond and topping up stocks of salt on stations. Ambulances are also fitted

with winter tyres which work more efficiently on snow or ice. The Trust’s dedicated falls teams

are on standby for the likely increase in trips and falls. The Trust is appealing to all

patients who have booked transport via its Non-Emergency Patient Transport Service to make contact if they no longer need transport. These patients are also advised

that there may be potential delays to their transport if adverse weather hits, and so are encouraged to bring with them essentials like medication, food and money. Director of Operations Richard

Lee said: “We are closely monitoring the weather forecast for Wales and have contingency plans in place to deal with the adverse conditions currently predicted across the region. “We are also working with other

emergency services and organisations to make sure we can get medical help to a patient in the safest manner in wintry conditions. “We are well prepared to deliver

the same high standard of care to the people of Wales, but inevitably when it is snowy or icy our responses may take longer. “We would ask the public to help

us by keeping well and using the 999 system wisely.” There are extra precautions people

can take to protect themselves from the risks associated with cold weather so they don’t become ill or injured. Richard has this advice for the


Top tips to keep well this winter •

Check that your heating system works properly – keep the temperature in the room you are using at around 21°C;

Dress for warmth and comfort, putting on several thinner layers of clothing to trap the heat – wear warm, dry, flat boots or shoes with good non-slip soles, especially in frosty or wet weather;

• •

Eat a well-balanced diet with hot meals every day – have regular hot drinks to give you extra warmth and energy;

Keep a well-stocked medicine cabinet – check you have enough basic medicines at home to manage common ailments, such as coughs, colds, headaches, indigestion, upset stomach and diarrhoea;

Keep an eye on your neighbours – ensure they are looking after themselves;

• Take extra care in the mornings when it’s likely to be most icy – elderly residents are particularly at risk of slipping and falling while going about everyday tasks like taking the bins out or even feeding the birds. That can lead to serious injuries such as broken limbs or hips, requiring surgery and a stay in hospital. Instead, when it gets icy, they are advised

Golden Manor Nursery: The swan being rescued by RSPCA Cymru NURSERY school children

in Pembroke got an unexpected education in wildlife after a swan crash-landed into their playground. RSPCA Cymru rescued the swan,

which was found at Golden Manor Nursery, Golden Lane, on Tuesday (Jan 10). The bird was found unable to take

off due to a lack of space. She was safely rescued by an

RSPCA inspector and released at the nearby Mill Pond, where she flew away strongly and showed no signs of distress. The RSPCA officer also spoke to

the nursery children about wildlife, and how important it was to help the swan to safety. RSPCA inspector Keith Hogben,

who rescued the swan, said: “Every day is different as an RSPCA inspector - and rescuing a swan from

to stay indoors and, if possible, get a fit and healthy friend or relative to run any errands for them. Or, wait until later in the day when ice has thawed;

• Make sure your vehicle is winter ready – carry an emergency kit in your boot. This should include an ice scraper, torch, first aid kit, blankets and jump leads;

Drive responsibly in poor visibility and conditions – it’s better to drive slowly and smoothly to avoid braking sharply;

If you’re forced to abandon your vehicle in heavy snow, please park it responsibly so that emergency vehicles can pass. The public are reminded that there

are a host of alternatives to 999 and the Emergency Department. If you’re ill and unsure what to

do, take one of the many NHS Direct Wales online symptom checkers for tailored advice. You can also call the service on

0845 46 47 for 24/7 health advice and information – or 111 if you live in the Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board area. You can also visit your GP,

pharmacist or nearest Minor Injuries Unit, where there is no need for an appointment. Ambulances are for serious and life-threatening emergencies only.

a nursery school playground was certainly a first for me! “It was great to chat to the

children at the nursery about wildlife too. They were absolutely fascinated by the swan. “Fortunately, following this

remarkable ordeal, the swan flew off impressively after being released at a local pond.” Amanda James, of Golden Manor

Nursery, said: “The children were mesmerised by the swan today and learned so much by getting to see her up close. They enjoyed listening to Keith and found out about what the RSPCA does to help wildlife. “We’re all so happy the swan

is back in the wild, safe and well, and we were delighted the RSPCA inspector took time out later in his day to update us on the bird’s release.”

PEMBROKE DOCK. 5.30 PM MONDAY Pater Hall, Lewis Street SA72 6DD.

PEMBROKE DOCK 9.30 AM TUESDAY Pater Hall, Lewis Street SA72 6DD.

HAVERFORDWEST 5.30PMAND 7.30PMWEDNESDAY (Community Learning Centre, off Dew St. Behind Old Library)

HAVERFORDWEST 9.30 AM THURSDAY Haverfordwest Leisure Centre, 1 St Thomas Green SA61 1QX.

MILFORD HAVEN 5.30 PM THURSDAY Methodist Church, Priory Road SA73 2DT. Contact Alison 07792 490723

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