Month: August 2020

Social care leader warns there is no “automatic right” to indoor care home visits

A social care leader has warned there is no “automatic right” for indoor visits to care homes for relatives and friends of residents. Mario Kreft MBE, the chair of Care Forum Wales, spoke out to set the record straight about the relaxation of the restrictions recently announced by the Welsh Government. It was clear, he […]

Tears of joy as top musicians make emotional return visit to care home

Two top musicians made an emotional surprise visit to a care organisation and staged an uplifting concert in the garden. After months of having to stay away because of the coronavirus restrictions, cellist David Petri and violinist Caroline Abbott were finally able to make a return to Pendine Park in Wrexham. In normal times the […]

Fears of surge in sex attacks with easing of Covid-19 rules

A police boss is warning people to be on their guard amid fears of a surge in sex attacks as the coronavirus restrictions are eased. The region’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Arfon Jones, revealed the number of reported cases had dropped during lockdown as a result of people having to stay at home. But Mr […]

“Inherently unfair” social care funding needs total overhaul – not just top up pay

Moves to top up the pay of self-isolating social care staff should be part of a complete overhaul of the “inherently unfair” way the sector is funded. According to Care Forum Wales, the dysfunctional system had led to chronic underfunding for a quarter of a century with many care homes facing the prospect of financial […]

Social enterprise unveils ambitious plans for 350 zero carbon homes and 50 new jobs

A social enterprise has announced ambitious plans to build nearly 350 carbon zero homes after clinching a five-year deal with the company that developed them. Creating Enterprise have signed a contract with Beattie Passive giving them exclusive rights to their pioneering Passivhaus build system in North Wales until 2025. Around 50 new jobs will be […]

Spike in demand for trailers as firms think outside box

A growing number of entrepreneurs are going mobile as a result of the coronavirus crisis, according to Europe largest trailer maker. Ifor Williams Trailers say sales of their innovative Business Inabox model – that can be used to set up shop in different places – are soaring across the UK and farther afield as companies […]

Gresford Colliery disaster survivor Albert celebrates 100th birthday

The son of one of the 266 miners killed in a major disaster at the colliery where they both worked has celebrated his 100th birthday with a socially distanced party at the care home where he now lives. Albert Rowlands was a 14-year-old lamp boy at Gresford Colliery when his father was among those who […]

Lawyer tells inside story of serial killer’s shocking Christmas Eve confession

The lawyer who represented “Wales’ most dangerous man” has revealed the chilling moment serial killer Peter Moore confessed to stabbing to death four men and saying the brutal attacks were easy – “like a knife through butter”. The shocking inside story is told for the first time by former solicitor Dylan Rhys Jones in a […]

Music fan Kaye joins her dream team at fast-growing North Wales law firm

A music fan with a taste for travel has joined one of the fastest-growing law firms in Wales. Solicitor Kaye Jones is a new appointment to the private client department of Swayne Johnson which has six offices in the area, at Denbigh, Ruthin, St Asaph, Llandudno, Bangor and Tattenhall, near Chester. Kaye, from Deganwy, will […]

“Cautious” welcome for indoor care home visits

A social care leader has given a “cautious” welcome to news that indoor care home visits are being allowed again in Wales from August 29. But Mary Wimbury, the chief executive of Care Forum Wales which represents nearly 500 providers, stressed the need for the visits to be properly “risk assessed” so that they are […]