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AM backs campaign to protect all-weather lifeboat service for Ceredigion

A local AM has backed calls for the RNLI to continue to provide all-weather lifeboat cover in Cardigan Bay.

Local campaigners are petitioning the RNLI to reverse their decision to replace their all-weather lifeboat in New Quay with a new lifeboat which cannot be launched during severe conditions.

Mid and West Wales Assembly Member Joyce Watson AM said:

“I support local campaigners who are concerned about the proposal to withdraw all-weather support between Barmouth and Swansea.

“The RNLI does a terrific job under difficult circumstances, but weather can change quickly in Cardigan Bay, and forward planning should account for the possibility that extreme weather situations may become more commonplace.

“I have asked the RNLI to confirm how long they would expect a rescue boat to come from Barmouth or Swansea under these circumstances.”

Mrs Watson has written to RNLI Chief Executive Paul Boissier to express the concern of constituents in Ceredigion about the proposed plan to replace New Quay’s all-weather Mersey-class lifeboat with the Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat.

The proposed new Atlantic 85 lifeboat cannot be launched in conditions that exceed force seven in the day, and force six at night.

In her letter she said:

“There are huge concerns locally about the potential impact these changes will have on anyone needing an all-weather boat in severe conditions if the changes are implemented.”

Her letter asks for:

  • A detailed breakdown of the research which influenced the decision
  • Details of predicted response times from Barmouth in force eight conditions
  • Contingency plans if there might be an additional situation requiring a lifeboat in the Barmouth area
  • Confirmation that the Swansea lifeboat would be used under those circumstances, and an estimate of the likely times the Swansea crew would take to reach Cardigan Bay

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Local AM helps DIY project nail final push for votes

Joyce Watson AM today helped a local DIY project nail their final push for public votes.

West Wales charity Fix And Shift Training has one week to gain as many votes as they can, to win the prestigious National Lottery Awards.

They are the only Welsh project competing to be crowned Best Voluntary/Charity Project in the National Lottery Awards. More than 1,300 projects entered, and Fix And Shift Training are now in the final six in their category. They are the only West Wales project in the annual search for the UK’s favourite Lottery-funded projects. Read more


AMs discuss Olympic champ’s ‘Vision for Wales’

Dame Kelly Holmes recently visited the National Assembly for Wales to tell politicians about her initiative to help young people get their lives back on track.

The Dame Kelly Holmes Trust trains world class athletes to become mentors to disadvantaged youngsters – care leavers, homeless people, young offenders, women at risk of sexual exploitation, those living within isolated communities and those facing challenges in finding employment or engaging in education.

Labour Mid and West Wales members Joyce Watson and Eluned Morgan discussed with the double Olympic gold medallist the charity’s ‘Vision for Wales’. The Trust aims to deliver transformational programmes in every Welsh local authority by 2020, reaching 10,800 young people.

Joyce Watson said:

“This is a really exciting project with huge potential. Sport has a fantastic ability to inspire and bring people together. That’s what the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust is all about: giving inspirational athletes the tools to empower young people to get their lives on track – to get healthy, achieve in education, enjoy career success and take part in meaningful activities.”

Eluned Morgan said:

“It was incredible to meet such a charismatic figure who inspired the nation and continues to inspire young people around the country, especially those young people facing disadvantage, through their participation in the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust’s transformational programmes.”

Since it was founded in 2008, the Trust has helped transform the lives of thousands of young people and supported more than 400 world class athletes to lead worthwhile lives beyond sport.

Last year, two thirds of young people who took part in the Trust’s Get on Track programme were in education, employment or training within only five months; and 77% felt more connected to their local community.

Speaking at the Senedd, Dame Kelly said:

“Despite a range of successful initiatives in Wales over recent years, there still exists a number of young people who are currently facing disadvantage and require innovative solutions to enable them to lead a positive life.

“It’s more important than ever before that young people are equipped with the attitudes and behaviours needed to realise their potential and have a real impact within their local communities.

“We believe that every young person in Wales – regardless of their past or current circumstances – has the potential to have a positive future. It can take just one special individual to help them realise the confidence and determination needed to succeed and the resilience to go again if barriers or challenges arise.

“It’s vital that we harness the attitudes, behaviours and experiences of all the immensely talented elite sportspeople in Wales. If they’re supported correctly they’ll go on to deliver a lasting legacy to young people and communities across the country.”

To learn more about the impact of the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust, click here. Or visit: https://www.damekellyholmestrust.org/

Joyce Watson AM Welsh Labour AM for Mid & West Wales
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