South Gower Community Bus

Funding has been secured to allow the Community Bus to run into spring of 2023.  This is great news for the many loyal passengers.

Continuing to run on Tuesdays and Thursdays the timetable has been slightly amended.  With apologies to anyone inconvenienced by the change in times.

Increasing Pension Credit uptake – online summit meeting 8th Dec

It is estimated that up to 80,000 older people in Wales do not receive Pension Credit despite being eligible, meaning that over £200 million was left unclaimed in the Treasury last year rather than reaching those who needed it most.

Whilst this post is primarily to advertise an online summit meeting do consider whether you have an entitlement to Pension Credit.

Sgroliwch lawr ar gyfer y Saesneg / Please scroll down for English

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 Uwchgynhadledd Ar-lein: O’r Trysorlys i Dreorci

Cynyddu’r nifer sy’n hawlio Credyd Pensiwn yng Nghymru

 10-11.30am, dydd Iau 8 Rhagfyr

 Ymunwch â’r Comisiynydd mewn uwchgynhadledd ar-lein i edrych ar y camau y mae angen eu cymryd, a’r ffyrdd y gallwn weithio gyda’n gilydd, i sicrhau nad yw pobl hŷn yng Nghymru yn colli’r cyfle i gael Credyd Pensiwn, sy’n gallu rhoi hwb sylweddol i incwm pobl ac sy’n rhoi mynediad at hawliau pwysig eraill.

 Amcangyfrifir nad yw hyd at 80,000 o bobl hŷn yng Nghymru yn derbyn Credyd Pensiwn er eu bod yn gymwys. Mae hyn yn golygu bod dros £200 miliwn wedi aros yn y Trysorlys heb ei hawlio’r llynedd, yn hytrach na chyrraedd y rhai oedd ei angen fwyaf.

 Gydag 1 o bob 5 o bobl hŷn yng Nghymru nawr yn byw mewn tlodi, a chostau byw yn parhau i gynyddu, mae’n bwysicach nag erioed bod pobl hŷn yn cael yr holl gymorth ariannol y mae ganddynt hawl iddo.

 Bydd pobl hŷn, a chynrychiolwyr o sefydliadau allweddol – gan gynnwys Llywodraeth Cymru ac Age Cymru – yn ymuno â’r Comisiynydd i rannu eu gwybodaeth a’u harbenigedd am y ffyrdd mwyaf effeithiol y gallwn estyn allan at bobl hŷn mewn cymunedau ledled Cymru, i godi ymwybyddiaeth o Gredyd Pensiwn a chefnogi’r rheini sy’n gymwys i hawlio’r hyn y mae ganddynt hawl iddo, a sut y gallwn gymryd camau pellach i gynyddu’r nifer sy’n hawlio Credyd Pensiwn yng Nghymru. 

 Mae croeso i chi rannu’r gwahoddiad hwn gyda’ch rhwydweithiau ac unrhyw un o’ch cysylltiadau a allai fod â diddordeb mewn mynychu.

 Gobeithio y gallwch chi ymuno â ni ar gyfer y digwyddiad – i archebu eich lle, ewch i: https://tocyn.cymru/en/event/5bba2c6e-2d5b-4c2e-b100-a321bdab29a0

 Diolch yn fawr!

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 Online Summit: From the Treasury to Treorchy

Increasing Pension Credit Uptake in Wales

 10-11.30am, Thursday 8 December

 Join the Commissioner for an online summit to explore the action needed, and the ways we can work together, to ensure that older people in Wales do not miss out on Pension Credit, which can boost people’s incomes significantly and provides access to other important entitlements.

 It is estimated that up to 80,000 older people in Wales do not receive Pension Credit despite being eligible, meaning that over £200 million was left unclaimed in the Treasury last year rather than reaching those who needed it most.

 With 1 in 5 older people in Wales now living in poverty, and living costs continuing to spiral, it’s more important than ever that older people receive all the financial support they’re entitled to.

 Older people, and representatives from key organisations – including Welsh Government and Age Cymru – will be joining the Commissioner to share their insight and expertise about the most effective ways we can reach out to older people in communities throughout Wales, to raise awareness about Pension Credit and support those who are eligible to claim what they’re entitled to, and how we can take forward further action to increase Pension Credit uptake in Wales. 

 Please feel free to share this invite with your networks and any of your contacts who may be interested in attending.

 We hope you can join us for the event – to book your place, visit: https://tocyn.cymru/en/event/5bba2c6e-2d5b-4c2e-b100-a321bdab29a0

 Many thanks!

 Richard Jones

Pennaeth Cyfathrebu // Head of Communications

Comisiynydd Pobl Hŷn Cymru // Older People’s Commissioner for Wales

 Adeiladau Cambrian // Cambrian Buildings
Sgwâr Mount Stuart // Mount Stuart Square
Caerdydd // Cardiff

CF10 5FL

 Rydym yn croesawu derbyn gohebiaeth yn Gymraeg. Byddwn yn ateb gohebiaeth a dderbynnir yn Gymraeg yn Gymraeg ac ni fydd gohebu yn Gymraeg yn arwain at oedi // We welcome receiving correspondence in Welsh, we will respond to correspondence in Welsh and corresponding in Welsh will not lead to delay

 Ffôn // Tel: 07515 288271

Rydym yn croesawu galwadau yn Gymraeg // We welcome calls in Welsh

 https://comisiynyddph.cymru // https://olderpeople.wales/

 Dilynwch ni ar Twitter @comisiwnphcymru // Follow us on Twitter @talkolderpeople

 Ewch i’n tudalen Facebook // Visit our Facebook page: https://bit.ly/2lX6QLq

Courier Fraud Awareness

Dyfed Powys Police have started to see a rise in ‘Courier Fraud’.

  • Courier Fraud is not the fake DPD or Royal Mail text type scam.
  • Courier Fraud involves a criminal pretending to be a police officer and phoning you.
  • Courier Fraud results in a criminal collecting money or bank cards from you personally.

These frauds are predominantly aimed at those using landlines and those that will not question if the person at the other end really is who they say they are.

The current version of the fraud works by the criminal phoning the victim stating that they are a police officer and that they have someone under arrest for fraudulent use of their credit or debit card.

The criminal may state that the person in custody is a relative of the victim, and that the victim is under caution and cannot tell anyone else about the call.

The criminal will then go on to get the victim to either withdraw money for some spurious reason or gain details of their credit/debit card.

The reason it is called Courier Fraud is because the result is the criminal tells the victim that a courier will be collecting the money or card and PIN.

The courier will be the criminal – who will pretend to be a courier or the ‘police officer’ that spoke to the victim.

They will reassure the victim that the money will be held in safe keeping and be returned or refunded.

The reason for collecting the money will normally be that the bank has rogue staff that are putting counterfeit money in the withdrawals that people request.

I have attached a PDF which can be printed A3, A4 or A5 so can be used as a leaflet or poster, it is Welsh one side and English on the other.

2022-11a DPP Courier Fraud Leaflet C and E

Remember

  • The police will never phone you and ask you to convey details of your debit or credit card
  • The police will not caution you over the phone and ask you to collect money
  • The police will not contact you to tell you your debit or credit card has been cloned
  • The police, or your bank, will never ask you to withdraw money or transfer it to a different account
  • The police will never ask you to reveal your full banking password or PIN
  • Phone a family member or friend to make sure the line has cleared and then phone 101 to report to police
  • Report it online: https://www.dyfed-powys.police.uk/en/contact-us/report-an-incident/ or call 101

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Mae Heddlu Dyfed-Powys wedi dechrau gweld cynnydd o ran ‘Twyll Cludwr’.

  • Nid y twyll negeseuon testun Post Brenhinol neu DPD ffug yw Twyll Cludwr.
  • Mae Twyll Cludwr yn ymwneud â throseddwr yn eich ffonio ac yn esgus mai swyddog heddlu ydyw.
  • Mae Twyll Cludwr yn arwain at droseddwr yn casglu arian neu gardiau banc gennych chi’n bersonol.

Mae’r math hwn o dwyll wedi’i anelu’n bennaf at y rhai sy’n defnyddio llinellau tir a’r rhai na fydd yn cwestiynu pa un ai a yw’r unigolyn ar ben arall y ffôn yn dweud y gwir am bwy ydyw.

Yn fersiwn diweddaraf y twyll, mae’r troseddwr yn galw’r dioddefydd gan ddweud mai swyddog heddlu ydyw a bod rhywun wedi’i arestio am ddefnyddio ei gerdyn credyd neu ddebyd.

Efallai bydd y troseddwr yn dweud bod yr unigolyn yn y ddalfa’n perthyn i’r dioddefydd, a bod y dioddefydd dan rybudd a ddim yn cael dweud wrth unrhyw un arall am yr alwad.

Yna, bydd y troseddwr yn cael y dioddefydd i dynnu arian allan am ryw reswm ffug, neu’n cael manylion ei gerdyn credyd neu ddebyd.

Gelwir hyn yn Dwyll Cludwr oherwydd y canlyniad yw bod y troseddwr yn dweud wrth y dioddefydd y bydd cludwr yn casglu’r arian neu’r cerdyn a’r rhif PIN.

Y cludwr fydd y troseddwr – bydd yn esgus bod yn gludwr neu’r ‘swyddog heddlu’ a siaradodd â’r dioddefydd.

Bydd yn sicrhau’r dioddefydd y bydd yr arian yn cael ei gadw’n ddiogel ac yn cael ei ddychwelyd neu ei ad-dalu.

Fel arfer, y rheswm a roddir dros gasglu’r arian yw bod staff banc twyllodrus yn rhoi arian ffug i gwsmeriaid sy’n tynnu arian allan.

Rwyf wedi atodi dogfen PDF y gellir ei hargraffu ar bapur maint A3, A4 neu A5 fel bod modd ei defnyddio fel taflen neu boster. Mae’r ddogfen yn Gymraeg ar un ochr a Saesneg ar yr ochr arall.

Cofiwch

  • Ni fydd yr heddlu’n eich ffonio ac yn gofyn ichi am fanylion eich cerdyn debyd neu gredyd
  • Ni fydd yr heddlu’n eich rhybuddio dros y ffôn nac yn gofyn ichi gasglu arian
  • Ni fydd yr heddlu’n cysylltu â chi i ddweud wrthych fod eich cerdyn debyd neu gredyd wedi’i glonio
  • Ni i fydd yr heddlu, na’ch banc, byth yn gofyn ichi dynnu arian neu ei drosglwyddo i gyfrif gwahanol
  • Ni fydd yr heddlu byth yn gofyn ichi ddatgelu eich cyfrinair bancio llawn na’ch rhif PIN
  • Galwch aelod o’r teulu neu ffrind er mwyn gwneud yn siŵr fod y llinell wedi’i chlirio, yna galwch 101 i adrodd am y digwyddiad wrth yr heddlu
  • Cyflwynwch adroddiad ar-lein: https://www.dyfed-powys.police.uk/cy-GB/riportio/riportio/neu galwch 101

Rising Energy Costs – Priority service register

The priority service register is a free support service which makes sure extra help is available to people in vulnerable situations.  Energy Suppliers and Network Operators will both keep a Priority Services Register. If you think you should be added to either you need to contact your energy supplier or network operator.

You are eligible if you:

  • have reached your state pension age
  • are disabled or have a long-term medical condition
  • are recovering from an injury
  • have a hearing or sight condition
  • have a mental health condition
  • are pregnant or have young children
  • have extra communication needs (such as if you don’t speak or read English well)
  • need to use medical equipment that requires a power supply
  • have poor or no sense of smell
  • would struggle to answer the door or get help in an emergency.

You might still be able to register for other reasons if your situation isn’t listed. For example, if you need short-term support after a stay in hospital.

For more information click on the following link.

Get help from your supplier – Priority Services Register | Ofgem

Payments to assist in cost of living crisis

Sharing information from Councillor Lynda James’ communications to the community on three areas that might assist with the cost of living crisis.
a) entitlement to more benefits;
b) help with the costs of childcare;
c) general help and advice on cost of living and the support that is available.

More information on each of these follows.

Those potentially missing out include people who are working and their wages don’t cover their living and housing costs, as well as older people who aren’t aware they can claim means-tested benefits in addition to their state pension.

Others missing out could include people with long-term health problems that affect their ability to physically or mentally manage daily tasks or get out of the house.

People are asked to call Advicelink Cymru on their free 0808 250 5700 helpline to check, or head to gov.wales/claim-whats-yours

Swansea Council is also urging working parents to check if they could qualify for funding that can help pay towards fees including childminders, pre-schools, nurseries, nannies, playschemes, before and after school clubs and, holiday clubs.

The UK Government’s Tax-Free Childcare scheme supports working families, including the self-employed, with childcare costs.

If a working parent or carer is earning at least the National Minimum Wage for 16 hours a week on average and under £100,000 per annum, they may be eligible to get £500 every three months per child towards their childcare costs.

If their child has a disability they may be eligible for £1,000 every three months up to £4,000 a year per child.

To check eligibility and to find out how to register for the scheme visit www.childcarechoices.gov.uk

You can also visit www.swansea.gov.uk/costoflivinghelp for information on all cost of living help, advice, funding and support that’s available.

New Dementia Support Service Launched

Created in partnership with five key organisations across Swansea and Neath Port Talbot this service has been designed to support those who have been diagnosed with dementia, their loved ones and carers.  This catch-all service will provide person-centred support and information to help live well with dementia.

The Dementia Support Service will provide free advice and guidance, respite care, specialist dementia training for carers, and practical help around the home – including housing adaptations.
If you’re interested in learning more, or need dementia-specific support, call 01792 277778 or email [email protected]
Find out more at https://dementiasupportservice.org.uk

Specifically within Swansea, the Dementia Hub Swansea
Open 11am – 3pm at Quadrant Shopping Centre, Swansea
Volunteers will be available for any information you need on dementia and the services available in Swansea.
If you are unable to get to the Hub in Swansea, but still need support, call the Hub on 01792 304519. (Please leave an answerphone message outside of opening hours.)
For more details please contact [email protected] or call the Hub on 01792 304519
https://www.dementiafriendlyswansea.org/

Royal British Legion’s new grant scheme for veterans and their families

The following has been shared by the Welsh Government.

The Royal British Legion, the UK’s largest charity dedicated to supporting the Armed Forces community, has launched a new grant scheme for veterans and their families who are struggling to pay their energy bills. The initiative will provide non-repayable emergency grants of up to £2,400 a year (£200 a month), and is available across the UK in connection with the Royal British Legion’s new grant scheme for veterans and their families, for your information.  Further information may be found by following the link below.

Royal British Legion to give veterans and their families grants of up to £2,400 to help pay bills – check if you’re eligible and how to apply (moneysavingexpert.com)

The Ramblers – pledge your support for our paths

From the Ramblers organisation……  “Walking and connecting with nature is essential for our health and wellbeing, but for too long there has been a lack of investment in the national asset that is our Public Rights of Way network…. We are calling on the Welsh Government to improve access to our path network”.

For further information, and to pledge your support follow one of the two links here.

www.ramblers.org.uk/ourpathsourfuture

www.ramblers.org.uk/einllwybraueindyfodol

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