Supporting staff and patients at Barry Hospital
Barry Hospital is a vital resource and I am glad improvements are being made to outpatient services. The Health Board plans for Barry Hospital to be a Health and Wellbeing Hub for the Vale of Glamorgan. This will involve working even more closely with the people who use the services at Barry Hospital, the volunteers, the health and social care professionals, and local people. Improvements being made to the hospital include: improvements to the reception area; improved seating in the patient waiting areas; and the installation of artwork, including local school and community art groups. This is in addition to the refurbishment of the Mary Lennox Room.
I am however very concerned about proposals to close the Sam Davies Ward. The ward is in the community, supported by the local third sector, community groups, soroptimists, volunteers and carers. It is easy to visit for carers and relatives and close to GP services. This month I have met with staff and patients at the hospital and will continue to make the case for retaining the Sam Davies Ward.
Welsh Government News
Violence Against Women, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence: Progress Report
I was pleased to announce that the Welsh Governments third annual report, as required by the Violence Against Women, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence (Wales) Act 2015, has been laid in the Assembly.
The report, which covered the period 1st April 2018 to 31st March 2019, describes progress made towards achieving the purpose of the Act and the objectives set out in the Act’s accompanying national strategy.
The report lays out the significan progress during 2018-2019, such as the launch of the This is not Love:This is Control campaign, the development of perpetrator standards for Wales and the guidance for commissioning of VAWDASV Services has been laid before the Assembly.
The report can be accessed at: https://gov.wales/violence-against-women-domestic-abuse-and-sexual-violence-progress-report-2018-2019
Marking Refugee Week in the Senedd
In June we marked Refugee Week, an annual festival of events to celebrate the valuable contributions made by people seeking sanctuary in the UK. These celebrations bring together people from all backgrounds to create better understanding between communities and promote integration.
The theme for Refugee Week 2019 was ‘You, Me, and Those Who Came Before’. We were encouraged to explore the lives of refugees and the people who have welcomed them throughout history. This was a fitting theme forour nation, as Wales has enjoyed a long history of welcoming refugees and we continue to benefit from their skills and entrepreneurial spirit.
We have only had a few short months since we published our Nation of Sanctuary Plan, but we are making food progress towards our objective in partnership with the Local Authorities, Local Health Boards, Public Health Wales, Wales Strategic Migration Partnership, Welsh Local Government Association, Welsh Refugee Coalition and other key stakeholders to improve the lives of people seeking sanctuary in Wales.
Vale Women Collaborate on Children’s Book
It was great to join pupils of Rhws Primary School with author Alison Powell to enjoy her reading her new book, supported by local employer TARMAC which will make a major contribution to the promotion of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) to young girls in schools.
This all-women collaboration is an amazing initiative and has resulted in a brilliant book. I was so pleased to be invited to the launch and hear the story with the pupils from Rhws Primary. We need more stories about girls and women breaking boundaries and celebrating their achievements.
Celebrating World Environment Day
was pleased to mark World Environment Day in the Senedd this month, and to take the opportunity to talk about the beautiful environment we have in the Vale of Glamorgan. I am so grateful to be the Species Champion for our native High Brown Fritilary Butterfly. The Alun Valley near Ewenny is what is thought to be the last home for these butterflies in Wales!