SOLVA CARE CHARITY – Charity number: 1172873 –
Lena Dixon, Co-ordinator : 07805717556
Lesley Robertson-Steel, Participation & Integration Partnership Assistant: 07722091664
News: Solva Care is now a registered charity and its new title is Solva Care Charity.
We held a Community Event in the Memorial Hall on 27 November, with stalls from, and talks by, various organisations and community groups such as the Fire Brigade, National Parks, Paul Sartori and many others. Lesley Robertson-Steel talked about Direct Payments for Social Care. The purpose was to collect useful information under one roof.Despite the weather, which was awful, we were happy with the attendance and may repeat the event at a future date.
Direct Payments for Social Care – If you are receiving Social Care or you are thinking of applying for Care, it is important that you have information on the Direct Payment option. Direct Payments may allow you more choice and better care. If you would like to know more, please contact Lena or Lesley (see above).
Developing Solva Community Care-Potential for Care Co-operative. Solva Care Charity would be interested in hearing from carers who are available to work as self employed home workers as part of the Direct Payments process in Solva and the local area.
Food bank in Letterston – If you know of someone in our area who is struggling financially and is finding it difficult to feed their family, please pass on the following information. There is a Food bank at Letterston Church Hall, which can help. It is open from 11am-2pm on Thursdays.
Vouchers can be obtained from any organisation that helps people – Social Services, Doctors’ surgeries, School head teachers, etc. If you would like to donate food, there is a collection point at St Davids Cathedral where your gifts would be welcomed.
Local trades people – We are often asked about how to find reliable local people: gardeners, cleaners, window cleaners, builders, odd job men/women. If you work in the area and would be happy to be put on our list, please contact Lena (see above contact details).
A Better Place – The Older People’s Commissioner for Wales is currently determining the work she will undertake over the next 3 years to improve the lives of older people. She wants the options and experiences of as many older people as possible to help her work. You can respond on line at: or pick up a paper copy from the Hall or call Lena.
Tuesday Outings: 12 Feb, 26 Feb, 12 and 26 March have been allocated to Solva Care for visits to the VC Gallery, Haverfordwest. Solva Care is looking for Art lovers or shoppers who would like to join us. The sessions provided by VC Gallery are free and a Bus y Bobl will be leaving from the Mosaic Steps at 10 am and from Haverfordwest, return journey, at 12.30 pm, on the above dates. Our first visit was extremely successful, enjoyable and productive and we are looking forward to the next. Join us – volunteers, clients or anyone who would like to go shopping. For information contact: Sandra 01437 721450 or Lena 07805717556

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Solva Care

New post – Following the success of our application for funding from the EU LEADER Programme, which funds new initiatives, we have been able to create a part time post of 16 hours a week, fixed term, for two years. Following interviews of applicants, Lesley Robertson-Steel was appointed. The post will include working on a preventative health care programme, supporting people who may consider the use of Direct payments as a means of getting
care more suited to their need and to liaise with carers – both domiciliary and private.
Friday Club will resume on 14 September and continue until 14 December. The 5 October session
will be at 7 pm in the evening session featuring Ann Hughes ‘Singing for Fun’ choirs to raise funds for Cystic Fibrosis and Solva Care. There will also be readings of poetry from Solva Care members.
Our activities next term will include music: Country and Western & Ukulele along with craft, reminiscing, gentle movement, a beetle drive etc. On 9 November MamGu’s will be demonstrating and helping us make our own Welsh cakes. We have a special Christmas session on 14 December with St Lucia film as well as the Cathedral Hand Bells. You are welcome to come along for fun, companionship, and entertainment!
We are applying for funding from the Big Lottery and it would be helpful to have expressions of
support from members of the community. We have already done two surveys approaching local groups and societies for a response. If anyone would like to take part as an individual, giving an honest opinion – warts and all – about what they think of Solva Care, what we do, what else we could do and how we might improve, we would be glad to hear from you. Please email us or write to Solva Care, c/o Bruce Payne, Mount Farm, Solva SA62 6XL by 14 September.

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Solva Care news

Tuesday 3 July – Trip to Daisybus Gardens near Llandeloy.
Thirteen Solva residents (including four volunteers) made a second visit to Daisybus. The gardens had matured immensely since our last visit and after a tour of them all (Grandma’s, Seaside, the Maze etc.), and saying
hello to the donkeys, we had tea and cake under the welcome shade of the trees. A very enjoyable afternoon!
Tuesday 10 July – Trip to Whitesands with the VC Gallery
Seven of us went by bus to Whitesands courtesy of the VC Gallery in Haverfordwest. Pete gave an interesting talk on the geology and history of the area, and Barry drove us to the Oriel y Parc gallery and enlightened us
on many of the exhibits, in particular, the Graham Sutherland paintings.
The last Friday Club before the summer break was on 27 July and the club will start again on Friday 14 September. We would like to thank all volunteers and others who have given their time and talent – the Craft Group, The Ukulele Pirates, Tony’s Country & Western, St Davids Cathedral Bells and everyone else who has supported us.
Sue and Mollie were invited to present on Solva Care at the Bevan Commission’s International Conference in Newport on 4 July. There was a lot of interest in what we are doing in Solva. The key question discussed was – “How
can what Solva is doing be replicated elsewhere?”
Solva Care Big Lottery application – Local community support
Solva Care will make an application in October for a Big Lottery People and Places grant.
The submission requires detailed information and clear evidence to demonstrate how Solva Care is people-led and how the community has been integral in informing and shaping what we do.
Throughout August Trustees will attend coffee mornings, and from 4 September, Friday Club and Luncheon club, inviting those who come along to comment on Solva Care, what the charity should be focused on and how we can do it better. We welcome your thoughts and comments, new ideas and suggestions. Please pop in to any of these community events and talk to us. You can also send your views via the Solva Care website. We look forward to seeing or hearing from you.

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Solva Care Charity Job Opportunity – Web Administrator

Salary: £7.50/hr.
Part-time employment, up to 8 hours per month (3 month probation period will apply)
The Administrator will work with Trustees in developing, maintaining and updating the current website content.
A good level of WordPress, Photoshop and Microsoft Office is the very minimum requirement. Some experience with Google Analytics and HTML is also needed.
The position requires a combination of technical knowledge and skill in both written and graphic communication.
Familiarisation with the current web site will be available.
Please apply with your CV and / or a letter supporting your application. Successful candidates will be invited to a face to face interview with Trustees.
Please contact the Solva Care Treasurer for more details and a Job Description:
Bruce Payne
Mobile: 07890 987259
Closing Date for applications: Monday 9th October 2017

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Solva Care

Forthcoming Events
Memory Café Dates up to September 2016: Wednesday 7 September
All held in The Discovery Room at Oriel y Parc, St Davids 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm.
Up-coming dates for Solva Senior Activities are: Fridays 23 Sep, 14 & 28 Oct, 11 & 25 Nov and 9 Dec at Solva Memorial Hall from 2-4 pm.
These replace activities arranged by the Alzheimer’s Society and are open to any of our senior residents who would like to come and listen to music, move about and have a nice time.
Research and Evaluation
We achieved a whopping 81% response rate for the community survey! Many thanks to all who completed the questionnaires which are now being analysed by our Swansea University collaborators, who will continue the research project to see if Solva Care is achieving what it set out to do. This independent view on progress will help with our quest for further funding. In the autumn Dr Bridie Evans and her team of researchers will be concentrating on the experience of volunteers and those who use Solva Care. They will be administering another questionnaire and running some discussion groups. We hope that you will take part if you are approached. For more information please contact Sue Denman 07817 410782 or Lena Dixon 07805 717556.
Stay Safe Stay Connected
The project to prevent our community from falling for scams has been formally launched. You may have seen our leaflet to raise awareness of the clever tactics criminals use to get their hands on your money. The leaflet was distributed at the Edge Festival, Community Cinema and the Church fete. We will be delivering them to households too. For further information please contact Sue Denman 07817 410782 or Lena Dixon 07805 717556.

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Solva Care

The Solva Care project, the first of its kind in the UK, has secured funding to run a two year pilot

scheme from the Sustainable Development Fund (SDF) administered by Pembrokeshire Coast

National Park Authority (PCNPA). The SDF supports projects that provide social, environmental,

economic and cultural benefits, to improve the quality of life for communities in the National Park.

Over the pilot period, at no cost to users, local community voluntary services will be available to

older people in Solva and the surrounding area. The pilot will also establish the best ways of

working at a local level to deliver a full programme of care for those in need in our community.

The idea of Solva Care received much support in the survey undertaken in 2013. The Welsh

Government acknowledges this unique initiative could have wide reaching benefits and is

supportive of it.

Solva Community Council will co-invest in the Project, which is led by Community Councillor

Mollie Roach, who said “Funding support from PCNPA is great news – everyone involved has

worked so hard to get to this stage. We are now on the road to setting up a care project that

meets the needs of our community.” Mollie added “The Solva Project, which will be non-profit

making, provides a template that other local communities could adopt for the delivery of local care

with additional health benefits and well being to the users, and savings to the public purse.”

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Project Coordinator. Solva Community Council will now recruit a Project Coordinator who will be

responsible for the setting up, and running of the scheme on a day to day basis. This exciting new

post will be vital to the success of the pilot project. If you want to be part of improving the care that

is provided and make a difference to older people’s lives in Solva, the Solva Care Committee

would like to hear from you.

Closing date for applications is 31st March 2015.

How to Apply:

Please contact Bruce Payne, Clerk to Solva Community Council at

or telephone 07890 987259 for a job description, application and an informal discussion about the


Community volunteers

Community volunteers will be the backbone of the pilot phase delivering a range of voluntary

services to help older people who may need it for any reason; practical or social. Voluntary

services do not include personal care or lifting. The role of volunteers may include:

  • Offering conversation and company, making hot drinks
  • Support to serve meals from Meals on Wheels & help with feeding
  • Cleaning
  • Gardening
  • Dog walking
  • Ironing
  • Hairdressing arrangements
  • Podiatrist arrangements
  • Helping with filling out forms
  • Providing information about essential services and social activities in

the Solva area such as:

  • Working at the Luncheon Club in Solva Memorial Hall, which is a venue for a range of

activities and events, that bring people together in varied and active ways.

  • Helping with shopping, pharmacy collections, hospital and GP appointments, etc.

The support services listed are not exhaustive. We will consider anything to improve your quality

of life.

Some older people within our community do find it difficult to get where they want to go,

particularly if they are without a car or find using the bus service a challenge. Transport is vital to

helping older people stay independent at home – and Solva Care will be there to help.

Volunteers will make a real difference to their lives. Volunteering roles will be designed to help community volunteers use the skills and knowledge they have, and to develop new ones. Knowledge or experience of caring is useful, but certainly not essential. A caring personality and the ability to listen and communicate well are of most value.

Solva Care will reimburse travel expenses such as fuel at 45p per mile

and any parking incurred during the course of volunteer duties.

What Next? …… Please volunteer, your Community Needs You!

 If you are interested and would like find out more about volunteering please contact Bruce Payne

for a Volunteer Application Form

Sign-up for free Local community voluntary services

If you would like to register with Solva Care to receive free local community voluntary services or

know of someone in our community who would benefit please contact Mollie Roach or any Solva

Care committee member.

Solva Care Committee:

Mollie Roach (Project Leader)

Bruce Payne (Secretary)

Sue Denman

Fran Barker

Carol Ann Jones 01437 721374


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