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Cancer programme supports parkwalk promotion

Cancer programme supports parkwalk promotion

5 October 2022

Stan Wilson, tail walker, Nina Davies, Interim Director of Social Services and Housing, Lee Jarvis, Run and Event Director for Groe parkrun, Wendy Wilson, marshal and Liz Towns from the Bracken Trust – a partner in the ICJ programme.

During October parkrun organisers are inviting Powys residents who don’t wish to run the 5k distance, to walk it instead. 

The offer and message that you can “walk it” is being supported by the Improving the Cancer Journey in Powys programme – a Macmillan funded programme – which is supporting people during their cancer journey. 

Each week someone involved in the programme will join parkwalk and be on hand to chat to people living with cancer either during or after the walk in the local Strand café. 

Nina Davies, Director of Social Services and Housing was first to join the walk on Saturday 1st October along with Liz Towns from the Bracken Trust who runs the course each week but who will walk it through the month.  Also planning to join are Councillor Sian Cox, Cabinet Member for Caring Powys and PAVO’s local community connector Sharon Healey.

Councillor Sian Cox said:”I’ll be walking the Builth Wells parkrun route on 22nd October, with my dog, and anyone who’d like to walk with us.  My own lived experience showed me how walking, breathing fresh air and especially connecting with nature, increases wellbeing.  Doing it regularly leads to things that also make you feel better – fitness, healthiness, strength, connecting with other people – and also helps you avoid things that make you feel low – being unfit, boredom, loneliness.  I’m always up for a walk – anywhere, in any weather!

She added:”I’m looking forward to meeting other people who want to show their support for Improving the Cancer Journey, and in particular, anyone who wants to talk to me about living with cancer in our rural county. I hope that October being designated a “Walk It” month leads to more people trying walking, loving walking, and taking up more walking.  Every month can be ‘Walk It’ month – even in rainy Wales!”

Lee Jarvis, Builth Wells organiser said: “parkrun was never intended to be purely an invite to run the course. Lots of people enjoy and already walk the Groe route, but with our 18 year anniversary celebration we felt that October would be the perfect month to remind people that they are more than welcome to come along and walk the route.  Walking can help people manage their health conditions and in some cases prevent them as well as enhance our mood and boost our fitness levels.  We also have our infamous Stan in situ who walks the route, bringing up the rear every week and who chats to residents who prefer a more leisurely pace to their Saturday morning routine. Anyone who wishes to attend will need to register (one time only).  Registration is completely free and only needs to be done once, whether you intend to walk, jog, run, or volunteer or do a combination of all these things!”

Register at:  www.parkrun.org.uk/register/

Find out more at  www.parkrun.org.uk/

Dr Ruth Corbally, Lead Cancer GP for Powys said:

“A parkwalk promotion for October links perfectly with our Improving the Cancer Journey in Powys programme ethos, which is all about helping people living with cancer to access support, information and advice about what matters to them closer to home. For some people living with cancer, whether they are waiting for test results, about to go in for treatment or are at the end of their treatment pathway, a walk in the fresh air on a Saturday morning could be very positive and help improve their well-being.”

Residents living with cancer can find out more about the support which is offered by the programme by visiting their website: www.powysrpb.org/icjpowys

Energy bill support scheme scammers

Energy bill support scheme scammers

5 October 2022

A screenshot of a scam text message

Powys residents are being urged to be on their guard against energy rebate scammers.

Reports of scam emails and text messages are increasing, with fake communications often claiming to be about energy rebates from Ofgem, the independent energy regulator, or the UK Government.

The messages claim that the recipient is due an energy rebate payment or discounted energy bill as part of a government scheme and provide links for the recipient to follow to apply for the rebate. The links lead to malicious websites designed to steal personal and financial information.

“It’s really sad to see scammers trying to cash in on the cost-of-living crisis with these messages,” said Cllr Matthew Dorrance, Powys County Council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for a Fairer Powys. “They are being sent at a time when most people are expecting to receive something authentic about support with their energy bills, so are especially vulnerable to this type of deception.

“Please be on your guard for these con artists, who are always on the lookout for a change in circumstances to exploit. Always double-check before clicking on a link in an email or text message, or before handing over any personal or financial information.”

If you have any doubts about a message, contact the organisation directly. Don’t use the numbers or address in the message – use the details from their official website. 

Remember, your bank (or any other official source) will never ask you to supply personal information via email or a text message.

For more advice about how to keep safe online visit: www.cyberaware.gov.uk and report fraud attempts at www.actionfraud.police.uk.

The non-repayable £400 energy discount from the UK Government will be paid in six instalments, with households seeing £66 taken off their energy bills in October and November, and £67 a month from December to March 2023.

The money will be paid differently depending on how you pay your bill: 

  • If you’ve set up a direct debit, or pay by card, the money will be automatically credited to your energy account, reducing what you need to pay. 
  • Customers with ‘smart’ prepayment meters will have the money applied to their meter each month, so they’ll have to add less credit to their meter. 
  • Those with ‘non-smart’ traditional prepayment devices will receive either ‘Special Action Messages’ or vouchers from their supplier in the first week of each month, by text, email or in the post.

The vouchers will be redeemable at top-up points, such as a local post office, and the discount will be credited to the meter key. It’s therefore important your supplier has your current, up-to-date contact details.

PICTURE: A screenshot of a scam text message received by a member of Powys County Council staff, showing how realistic they can be made to look by cyber-criminals.

Co-working and meeting facilities now available in Knighton

Co-working and meeting facilities now available in Knighton

5 October 2022

Image of Knighton and District Community Centre and Library

Knighton & District Community Centre and Library are pleased to offer the perfect space for co-working for anyone looking for a quiet, calm space to work locally with like-minded others.

The four desk co-working room is part of a digital community hubs pilot project, funded by the UK Community Renewal Fund and managed by the Library Service, working in partnership with the Community Centre Management Committee.

Co-working at the Comm is enhanced by a range of bookable interview, meeting, conference, and training facilities in the centre, including a digital pod for 1-1 or solo virtual meetings, coffee making facilities and a wonderful garden area.

Portable virtual and hybrid meeting equipment means that meetings in all rooms can be face to face, virtual, or blended. 

Cllr David Selby, Cabinet Member for a More Prosperous Powys, said: “I am delighted to see the community centre and Library working together to provide these facilities for the residents of Knighton and the surrounding district.

It is wonderful that they are supporting the local economy by providing co-working, meeting, and conference facilities, and preventing CO₂ emissions through unnecessary travel.”

Chair of the Knighton & District Community Management Committee, Michael Harding, commented:”The new co-working facilities complement all of the activities that take place at the Comm, which is a busy, thriving hub with something to offer for everyone in the area.

“We work extremely hard to provide a warm welcome to anyone who needs it, and it is encouraging to broaden the offer to include digital meetings and modern workspaces. These will complement the regular Tuesday morning cafes and Thursday lunches, meaning that people can get hot drinks and food on site too.”

For further information and to book, please contact Knighton Library on 01547 528778 or email [email protected] or contact Knighton Community Centre on 01547 428088 or email [email protected].

Newtown Household Waste Recycling Centre will be closed for three days from Monday 17 October

Newtown Household Waste Recycling Centre will be closed for three days from Monday 17 October
Image showing a recycling icon

4 October 2022

Image showing a recycling icon

Essential planned works to upgrade the site’s drainage system, will take place from Monday 17 October until Friday 21 October, with the centre reopening on Saturday 22 October.

Although the works will take five days to complete, they have been scheduled to ensure that the centre is only closed to the public for an additional three days, as it is normally closed on Thursdays and Fridays each week.

If needed, recycling can be taken to one of the counties other Household Waste Recycling Centres. Please check online for opening days and times: Recycling Centres

We apologise for any inconvenience and thank residents for their understanding.

Ysgol Gymraeg Y Trallwng to host open day

Ysgol Gymraeg Y Trallwng to host open day

3 October 2022

Image of Ysgol Gymraeg Y Trallwng from the air

Parents in the Welshpool area considering a bilingual education for their child will have an opportunity to tour the new Welsh-medium school that is being built in the town.

Powys County Council is building a new 150-place school for Ysgol Gymraeg Y Trallwng which will include early years and community facilities.

The school has organised an open day on Friday, October 14 where there will be a chance to tour the new school building as well as speak to parents who have chosen a Welsh-medium education for their child. School leaders will also explain the benefits and experiences that Welsh-medium education can offer.

The open day, which will be held between 1:30-4pm, is aimed for parents who have children starting primary school in September 2023 and are considering Welsh-medium education.

Places are limited so booking is required. To book your place at the open day contact Ysgol Gymraeg Y Trallwng by emailing [email protected] or call 01938 552005.

The new school, which is being constructed by Wynne Construction, combines the old and the new which will provide the pupils of Ysgol Gymraeg y Trallwng and the community of Welshpool with fantastic facilities whilst maintaining the presence of the iconic Ysgol Maesydre.

Cllr Pete Roberts, Cabinet Member for a Learning Powys, said: “We are committed to improving access to Welsh-medium provision across all key stages of education in Powys and want to increase the opportunities for children and young people in the county, and those who move into the county, to become fully bilingual.

“The new build for Ysgol Gymraeg Y Trallwng is an important project to help us achieve this and help deliver our Welsh in Education Strategic Plan.

“I’m delighted that this open day has been arranged as it will provide a great opportunity for parents considering Welsh-medium education for their child to see the new school and to hear from parents and teachers at Ysgol Gymraeg Y Trallwng talking about the benefits and experiences Welsh-medium education can offer.”

Angharad Davies, Headteacher of Ysgol Gymraeg Y Trallwng, said: “Across Wales more and more parents are choosing a Welsh-medium education for their children so that they can become bilingual and fluent in Welsh and English.

“Although parents don’t need to be able to speak Welsh for their children to attend Welsh-medium education, we understand that parents will have many questions about Welsh-medium education and how schools will support them as well as their children.

“This open day is a fantastic opportunity to hear from staff and parents about Welsh-medium education and the benefits that a bilingual education can provide.”

To find out more about Welsh-medium education in Powys, visit Destination bilingual.

Primary and junior school applications now open

Primary and junior school applications now open

3 October 2022

Image of a group of children

Applications are now open for children starting primary and junior school in September 2023, Powys County Council has said.

Parents or carers have until Friday 6 January 2023 to complete their application.

Cllr Pete Roberts, Cabinet Member for a Learning Powys, said: “All parents/carers are encouraged to complete this application as soon as possible for a place in a primary or junior school in September 2023.

“If it is not completed in time, then this has the potential to jeopardise their child’s place at their preferred school.”

Parents/Carers need to complete an online application at Applying for a School Place by Friday 6 January 2023.

If you are unable to apply online please contact [email protected]

If you don’t live near a school, your children may be eligible for free transport. The criteria are different for different types of school, so please check carefully to see if you qualify by checking the Home to School Transport Policy which is available on the following webpage:  Apply for school transport

Help with fuel costs now available

Help with fuel costs now available

3 October 2022

Image of someone holding their hands above a radiator

Grants for helping with fuels cost are now available from Powys County Council and eligible residents are being encouraged to apply online.

Any households getting certain benefits may be entitled to a one-off payment of £200 from Powys Council to provide some support towards paying fuel bills as part of the Welsh Government Fuel Support Scheme.

In addition, as part of the council’s Discretionary Cost of Living Support Scheme, some of these households may also be entitled to a further one-off payment of £150 if they are responsible for paying off-grid heating fuel bills.

For more information about the schemes and to check eligibility, please visit Fuel Support Scheme 2022/23 and Discretionary Cost of Living Support Scheme

To ease the application process, the form to apply for both schemes is combined with applicants eligible for both payments automatically identified.

“With rising costs and a cold winter ahead of us, the prospect of heating our homes is undoubtable a worrying thought for many of us.” Says Cllr Matthew Dorrance, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for a Fairer Powys. “We strongly encourage all eligible households to get in touch and apply for the grants available to help with the cost of heating our homes this winter.

Cllr David Thomas, Cabinet Member for Finance and Corporate Transformation, added “Along with these grants to help with fuel costs, the council’s main Cost of Living Support Scheme and the discretionary Cost of Living Support Scheme has other one-off payments which may help during this time of austerity.

“We are in the process of writing to households we know are eligible for these schemes, but if anyone else wants to find out more information about what help is available, please just take a look at the council website: Grants and Community Support

Family Centre in Welshpool set to open next month

Family Centre in Welshpool set to open next month

30 September 2022

Oldford

Work to refurbish the Oldford infant school site in Welshpool to create an Integrated Family Centre in the area is now complete. 

The Welshpool Integrated Family Centre opening on 10th October 2022 will be a “one stop shop” providing services and support to children, young people and their families. The centre will provide activities such as parent and toddler groups, baby massage, information and advice, Incredible Years Parenting Training programmes, health advice, family support and counselling. 

The refurbishment of the building situated in the heart of a Flying Start catchment was funded by Welsh Government Flying Start Capital funding.  

Powys County Council’s Cabinet member for Future Generations, Cllr Susan McNicholas says; ‘The new centre will help children, young people and their families access support from a wide range of early help and intervention services all on the same site. These services will work together to meet the family’s needs.   

“In the heart of the community the site is an opportunity to have services in one place. It will provide childcare as well as office and community spaces.” 

The Flying Start team who include Health Visitors and Speech and Language professionals will move from the Maesydre Offices in Welshpool to the site. They will be joined by Powys County Council’s Children’s Early Help Team and Youth Services. The council’s Adult Services staff, along with colleagues from agencies such as Montgomeryshire Family Centre, will also share the office space within the building. 

Flying Start childcare and Foundation Phase provision is now available to families at the site. 

Local families can find out more on the Facebook page @Welshpool0-5

Viability work starts on establishing Welsh-medium education in mid Powys

Viability work starts on establishing Welsh-medium education in mid Powys

30 September 2022

Image of a primary school classroom

Work to explore the possibility of establishing Welsh-medium education at a new location in mid Powys has begun, the county council has said.

Powys County Council is investigating the viability of establishing Welsh-medium education in the current Llanfihangel Rhydithon C.P. School building in Dolau near Llandrindod Wells.

A key element of the work includes assessing the possible demand for Welsh-medium education across East Radnorshire.

To help with the assessment, the council has produced a questionnaire for parents of primary and pre-school aged pupils and those considering starting a family in the Llandrindod Wells, Knighton and Presteigne areas to complete.

Cllr Pete Roberts, Cabinet Member for a Learning Powys, said: “Within Scrutiny before the election, I called for an analysis of the viability of using the Dolau site as a new Welsh-medium school for East Radnorshire.

“Following the election, the new Cabinet has delayed the implementation of the proposal to close Llanfihangel Rhydithon C.P School for 12 months to 31 August 2023 to ensure this proposition has been thoroughly considered and an opportunity for developing the language is not lost.

“As part of this work, we have produced this questionnaire to assess possible demand for Welsh-medium education in East Radnorshire and whether this provision would be viable or not in Dolau.

“I would urge parents of primary and pre-school aged pupils living in Llandrindod Wells, Knighton and Presteigne to fill in this questionnaire to help the council have the most detailed picture of the potential for a Welsh medium (bilingual for all) school in the area.”

To fill in the questionnaire visit www.haveyoursaypowys.wales/dolau-wm

Parents have until Thursday, October 27 to submit their responses.

Further information about the questionnaire is available by emailing [email protected]

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