Paul Davies – E-Mail Newsletter – Febuary 2018
Paul Davies – E-Gylchlythyr – Chwefror 2018
Welcome to my February 2018 E-Newsletter.
This month I’ve been very fortunate to be joined at the Assembly by several groups and local constituents. Earlier in the month, I co-hosted an event with Simon Thomas on behalf of the DPJ Foundation, which supports men with mental health issues living in rural communities by breaking down the stigma attached to mental health and offering talking therapies and outreach counselling to those who need that support. Following the event, I also took part in a Welsh Conservative debate on mental health and emphasized the need to better promote awareness amongst our communities in rural areas and ensure that mental health service provision is made available as close to home as possible.
I’m delighted to publish the second consultation to my Autism (Wales) Bill. It’s been great to receive so much feedback to the initial consultation last year and I truly hope that I’ve been able to incorporate as many points as possible into the drafting of this Bill. The consultation invites interested parties to have their say on the Bill in its current form and I hope as many people as possible respond to this consultation and help me create a bespoke piece of legislation for those living with autism in Wales that will meet these objectives. The consultation can be accessed by clicking on the following link:
I also attended an excellent event at the Senedd to raise awareness of the ‘Show the Love’ campaign, which was kindly arranged by the Wales Environment Link and the RSPB. Each ‘Species Champion’ Assembly Member received a Valentine’s Day present of a hand-made badge from RSPB craft groups across Wales and I was delighted to receive my Atlantic Puffin badge. The ‘Species Champion’ initiative is an important one, which reminds us to continue to do all that we can to support at-risk species in Wales and I will continue to raise the profile of the Atlantic Puffin whenever the opportunity presents itself.
Here in Pembrokeshire, I had the pleasure of meeting local community physiotherapists to watch their new “Rehab Matters” campaign video, which highlights the importance of proper rehabilitation for adults in the community once they leave hospital. Sadly, many people are facing inadequate support services to continue their recovery at home and so it’s crucial that we raise awareness of this important campaign. You can watch the film here – http://www.csp.org.uk/press-
I also visited Caerhys Farm, near St David’s recently to see first-hand an example of community-supported agriculture. Caerhys Organic Community Agriculture managed by the local community and as such the risks and responsibilities are shared out amongst the growers. This has a positive impact on all involved and could be a very good way of protecting the sustainability of Welsh farming for the future. It’s great to see these sorts of ventures happening in Pembrokeshire.
This month, I’ve also had the pleasure of being visited by the children of Cleddau Reach Primary School in Llangwm, as part of their tour of the Assembly. The children had an excellent day and it was great to see them so engaged with the Assembly. As well as being visited by local schoolchildren, I’ve also had the pleasure of being shadowed by an autism activist. Mr Aled Thomas, from the Vale of Glamorgan spent some time in my Cardiff office learning about work and helping me preparing for business in the Chamber.
I hope that you find the information included in this e-newsletter interesting and useful. As ever, please do not hesitate to contact me if you would like to discuss any issues raised in it.
Please do visit my website www.pauldaviesam.co.uk which is updated several times a week for the latest information.