Month: March 2021

Social care leader slams council for “hypocrisy” over pay rates

A “hypocritical” county council pays its own staff £1,700 more a year than they are willing to shell out for carers doing the exactly the same work in privately-run care homes. Care Forum Wales (CFW), which represents nearly 500 independent providers, criticised Gwynedd County Council after the “derisory” fee levels announced by Gwynedd County Council […]

£5.2m housing scheme is a class act

Three ex-pupils have played key roles in a £5.2 million scheme to redevelop a former school into specialist housing – creating a major boost for the local economy in the process. The development by housing association Cartrefi Conwy is breathing new life into the site of Ysgol Maelgwn, in Llandudno Junction, which closed nearly four […]

Cricket club launch a junior coaching scheme to get kids back into cricket

A go-ahead local cricket club is on a mission to get kids in Wrexham playing the game again with an ambitious coaching and playing programme – paid for with cash seized from criminals. Brymbo Cricket Club, one of North Wales’s most successful sides and the place where current Glamorgan captain David Lloyd learned the game, […]

Hospice launches campaign to recruit young volunteers with cash seized from crooks

Cash seized from criminals is being put to good use in recruiting a new generation of young hospice volunteers. St David’s Hospice, which provides hospice care to adult patients across Conwy, Gwynedd and Anglesey, is hoping to attract a new wave of recruits to help run its growing list of outdoor fundraising events and endurance […]

We’re not out of the woods over Covid yet, warns social care leader

A social care leader has warned the public in Wales not to become complacent and to “remain vigilant” as the number of Covid deaths in care homes continue fall. Mario Kreft MBE, the chair of Care Forum Wales, said new, more contagious and potentially more dangerous mutant strains of the virus could still throw a […]

Boxing club packs a big punch with cash seized from criminals

A BOXING club which has produced a string of Welsh champions over 30 years will continue to pack a punch – thanks to cash confiscated from criminals. Clwyd Amateur Boxing Club in Rhyl was founded in 1989 by the late Johnny Ritchie, born John Richard Jones, who fought at both amateur and professional level and […]

Welsh economy minister welcomes ground-breaking new business park

A ground-breaking business park built entirely from shipping containers has been launched on Deeside. North Wales-based storage giant Lock Stock have already welcomed their first customers at the Interlinq site in Sandycroft. There are more than 50 storage units available on the 2.3-acre location with room for 250 as it fills up and plans for […]

Veterans on a mission to restore war graves thanks to cash from crooks

A group of determined veterans are on a mission to restore a dilapidated war cemetery in honour of 48 fallen First World War heroes with the help of cash confiscated from criminals. Former soldier Keith Jones, 63, teamed up with six other ex-servicemen to give restore the graveyard at St Peblig Church in Caernarfon that’s […]

Citroen C4 launch report by Steve Rogers

Taking the jump to electric is too big a step at the moment but I am warming to it after driving the new Citroen e-C4. But there are plenty ready to take the plunge if orders for the new family hatchback are anything to go by. Even before the car has gone on sale 50 […]

Arlen goes extra smile after surviving brush with death

A dedicated care home worker who survived a brush with death has won an award for going the extra “smile”. Arlen Lleses, a senior care practitioner at Pendine Park’s Bodlondeb care home in Wrexham, fell seriously ill with a kidney infection in 2017. Now enjoying what she describes as “a second life” after having her right […]