December 2020-January-February 2021

December 2020-January-February 2021

Covid-19 is not disrupting everything

As you know we are now fully operational at Lion Garage in Builth Wells although some of us are still working from home due to Covid-19 guidelines.

We are still able to collect and deliver prescriptions, shopping and pre-ordered take away food, courtesy of our wonderful volunteer drivers, and are also still taking people to medical appointments, either locally or further afield like Hereford, Cardiff and other places (wheelchair friendly vehicle available). At present, we are able to provide some of these services free of charge.

There are still disruptions due to Covid-19, to our shoppa shuttle buses, social outings and the LWCT Heart of Wales Coffee Clubs which are still on hold as is our Events Recycling arm due to no local events taking place at the moment.

The new shopping bus service is doing well, and if you would like to use this service or that of our volunteer drivers, or think we can help in any way, please make contact with us to register. Contact Laura Burns on 01982 552727 or use the contact form. If Laura is out of the office, please leave your name and number, and she will get back to you.

We are here to support every one of you if you think there is absolutely anyway we can help during this difficult time, this includes all age groups, businesses and the self-employed. Sincere thanks to all our lovely volunteers and supporters, we can and will get through this together.

Our website has full details of our transport services, and also a single page showing the up-to-date status of services.

Volunteer Drivers Needed

Now more than ever we need to recruit more volunteer drivers, so if you are at all interested please get in touch by calling Laura on 01982 552727 for a no obligation chat to find out more, or you can apply online via the Volunteering-Wales website.

You would need a clean driving licence which we would need to see, and if you are willing to use your own vehicle, we would need sight of your insurance cover. We would provide all PPE like masks, gloves, sanitiser for you and your passengers, and you could bring your vehicle to the Lion Garage each week when we could use the fogging machine, which only takes about 15 minutes, so you can feel confident that your vehicle is safe for family use too. We do have a couple of company cars that you may be able to use if you prefer not to use your own vehicle. If you use your own vehicle we pay 45p per mile, so you should not be out of pocket. Please have a think about it; we would love to welcome you on board.

Tribute to June Parkinson and Patricia Lambkin

Llanwrtyd Wells Town Council made a lovely gesture to two late Town Councillors. June and Patricia both sadly passed away during 2020. June was one of our Company Directors, both were Town Councillors, June had been Mayor of Llanwrtyd Wells on two occasions, and Patricia had been Deputy Mayor. The Dolwen: Recreation for All Committee and the Town Council named the new road and car park at the Dolwen Fields, in Llanwrtyd Wells, the Lambkin-Parkinson Way as a tribute to two people who gave much to the town and surrounding communities.

New Volunteer

This is Ray Silvester, our newest Volunteer Driver. Ray’s wife Paget is already driving for us, and we are fortunate to have acquired Ray’s services too. We are extremely fortunate to have such caring people working with us to help others less fortunate than themselves.

Red Kite Credit Union

As many of you will know, the station buildings have been a Service Point for Red Kite Credit Union, which we’ve previously operated at the Tuesday and Thursday LWCT Heart of Wales Coffee Clubs, however, as these are on hold for the foreseeable future due to Covid-19, and Sue Williams has now ceased to be a LWCT volunteer, the service point too is on hold.

That is not to say members cannot access the service, because although all local service points are closed, members are still able to deposit, withdraw or join the scheme via the Red Kite Credit Union website or by making contact via telephone on the following numbers, 01597 824000, 01982 570287, 07979 577395 or 07419 295420 or via their email address at info@redkitecreditunion.co.uk

Covid-19 Vaccinations

We are currently able to supply transport free of charge for anyone in our local area with an appointment at the GP Practice or Royal Welsh Showground for a Covid-19 Vaccination.

This service is for our own local community, however please contact us and if you are out of our catchment area we will try and point you in the right direction for other transport services.

To book a journey, or find out more, please contact us or phone us on 01982 552727. If there is no answer, please leave your name and contact number, and we will get back to you.

Welsh Language Action Plan

LWCT are looking to produce a Welsh Language Action Plan/Policy, and we are seeking a volunteer who is able to speak, read, and write in Welsh to assist us. We would need support for translating our current documents, but mainly it would be for anyone writing to us, or wishing to speak over the phone in the medium of Welsh.

Newsletters

Our monthly newsletters are jam packed with information, jokes, poems and stories. Also included are myths and legends and loads of interesting things. If you would like to receive a copy each month, please let me have your email address pat@lwct.org.uk . The current issue and an archive of the past newsletters is available on the website News pages.

Pat Dryden
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