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Being ‘semi-retired’, I’m now in the fortunate position of being able to devote much of my time to the role of High Sheriff and, consequently, able to focus on the many charities and good work that is carried out within the County.
The official charity of the High Sheriff of West Glamorgan is www.crimebeatwestglam.org.uk.  In addition to this I have selected as my personal charity the “Mumbles RNLI” (living in Mumbles and enjoying the sea, this is something of an ‘insurance policy’ for me!).

My Chaplain, Reverend Cannon Keith Evans, is also the Chaplain of Mumbles RNLI.

Apart from these two organisations, there will be many more charities that I wish to support.  From the outset of my year I want to particularly focus on St John’s Trust Wales and The Prince’s Trust.  I’m hoping that at the end of this year I may have identified a few more ‘good causes’ that I want to continue working with.

Below I have provided more information on the four charities mentioned above.  Over the next 12 months I shall add further links to charities that I become involved with.

CRIMEBEAT (Reg.Charity No: 1068583)

Crimebeat,the official charity of the West Glamorgan High Sheriff, focusses on young peoplewithin the County (up to the age of 25) with the aim of combatting crime and anti-social behaviour; whilst promoting good citizenship.
Crimebeat is supported by South Wales Police and partnership agencies to help young people develop projects to make their community a safer place to live.

The aims of Crimebeat are captured in the following mnemonic.

Cut local crime

Reduce the number of young peoplegetting into trouble

Improve school attendance

Motivate good citizenship

Encourage interest in voluntary work

Benefit the local Community

Enhance the quality of life

Actively support victims of crime

Tackle local issues

Projects that Crimebeat fund include:

•      Improving opportunities and facilities for young people in their local communities

•      Providing local solutions to local problems

•      Dealing with issues such as alcohol, drug, or solvent abuse

•      Dealing with racial attacks or bullying

•      Resolving problems within a particular establishment such as school, youth club, etc.

•      Any other similar activities that meet the objectives

Funds of up to £500 (£750 in exceptional cases) can be provided for:

•     Equipment

•     Rent

•     Overheads

•     Transport costs

•     Sessional worker hours

•     Training

•     Clothing

•     Other expenses that satisfy the objectives

Applications for funding are encouraged at any time during the year and, providing they meet the criteria, awards will be made after consideration by a selection panel chaired by the High Sheriff.

Applications can be downloaded, together with guidance notes and criteria, through the Crimebeat website:  http://www.crimebeatwestglam.org.uk/crimebeat

Completed application forms should be returned to the appropriatecoordinator below:

Neath Port Talbot
Sian Morris             
Tel:  01639 889161     
Email:  s.morris@npt.gov.uk

Paul Evans
Tel:  01792 513950
Email:  paul.evans3@swansea.gov.uk

MUMBLES RNLI (Reg. Charity No: 209603)    

Mumbles Lifeboat Station and Crew

My personal charity for this year is the “Mumbles RNLI” (living in Mumbles and enjoying the sea, this is something of an ‘insurance policy’ for me!).  My Chaplain, Reverend Cannon Keith Evans is also the Chaplain of Mumbles RNLI.  
Lifeboat crews at The Mumbles have been saving lives at sea for over 180 years and have been presented with 33 awards for gallantry.The station has also witnessed tragedy with 18 lifeboat volunteers losing their lives while endeavouring to save others.

Mumbles Lifeboat Station is usually the busiest in Wales.  It operates both an all-weather boat (Tamar class) which can reach speeds in excess of 25 knots; and a highly manoeuvrableinshore boat (D class) that can get closer to cliffs and the shore.

As a charity, the RNLI depend on your support to help meet the cost of saving lives at sea. The brave volunteer lifesavers give their time for free, but they need training, well-maintained equipment, lifeboats and shore facilities.

ST. JOHN CYMRU – WALES (Reg. Charity No: 250523)

Established in 1918 St John Cymru – Wales provided the first ambulance service for the people of Wales.  This year is its centenary and with the support of over 4000 volunteers St. John continues to deliver frontline services in the heart of welsh communities, provide first aid cover at events and vital support to our emergency services, helping to keep people safe and every year caring for over 9000 people.
The foundations of St. John is almost as old as the Shrievalty itself, dating back nearly a 1000 years.  The need for St. John’s services today is as great as it was then.
St. John Cymru – Wales Strategic Vision for 2020 is to have a first aider in every street in Wales and with your help this is very achievable!

THE PRINCE’S TRUST CYMRU (Reg. Charity No: 1079675)

The Prince’s Trust is a youth charity that helps disadvantaged young people to get their lives on track. It supports 11 to 30 year-olds who are unemployed and those struggling at school and at risk of exclusion.Many of the young people that the Trust supports are in, or leaving, care, facing issues such as homelessness or mental health issues, or have been in trouble with the law.
Independently valued, the Prince’s Trust has returned £1.4billion to society through its help for disadvantaged young people over the last 10 years alone.  Its free programmes give young people the practical and financial support they need to stabilise their lives. The Trust helps them develop key skills while boosting their confidence and motivation so they can continue to dream big.
The Vision of The Prince’s Trust is quite simply “Every young person should have the chance to succeed”. To achieve this, you can support the Trust in a variety of ways.

•    Raising funds to support the work undertaken by the Trust
•    Getting your business involved in The Trust
•    Volunteering your time and skills

For more information regarding the Prince’s Trust and how you might be able help, please visit their website.


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