February 2018

27 February 2018

Paul Davies Visits Caerhys Farm

L-R: Carwyn Miles, Gerald Miles (both COCA), Paul Davies AM.Local Assembly Member Paul Davies recently visited Caerhys Farm in St David’s to hear about the Farm’s Organic Community Agriculture Scheme and to learn more about how the scheme works in practice. The volunteers work together to grow seasonal produce and then that produce is distributed amongst its members. Sharers pay a monthly membership, and once a week visit the Farm or the nearest pick-up point to collect their share of the produce.

Mr Davies said, “Community Supported Agriculture is certainly on the rise across the UK and so I was delighted to visit Caerhys Farm to learn more about the Farm’s Organic Community Agriculture Scheme. It’s very much a partnership in which the responsibilities, risks and rewards of farming are shared and there a number of benefits to farming this way, as it connects the farm with the local community and also has a positive impact on the wellbeing of those involved. Indeed, this style of farming could be good for the sustainability of farming as an industry in the future and it’s great to see this activity taking place here in Pembrokeshire.”

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Paul Davies Welcomed Local Pupils to the Senedd

Paul is pictured with staff and children from Cleddau Reach Primary School at the Senedd.Local Assembly Member Paul Davies welcomed pupils from Llangwm to the National Assembly for Wales recently and taken questions from them about all aspects of public life and politics. Mr Davies talked to the children about his work as an Assembly Member and some of the local issues facing people in Pembrokeshire.

Mr Davies said: “It was a real pleasure to welcome the pupils and staff from Cleddau Reach Primary School to the Senedd and give them an opportunity to learn more about the Assembly and how it affects their lives. The children asked a range of questions about my professional and personal life and it was great to see them interested and engaging in politics. It’s a great experience and I’d strongly encourage schools across Pembrokeshire to visit the Assembly and learn more about the Senedd and my role as your local Assembly Member.”

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22 February 2018

For the Love of the Atlantic Puffin, We must act on Climate Change

Paul is pictured at the Show the Love campaign event.Local Assembly Member Paul Davies, the Species Champion for the Atlantic Puffin, supported the Show the Love campaign at the Senedd this Valentine’s Day (Wednesday 14th February), an event organised by Wales Environment Link and Stop Climate Chaos Cymru. ‘Craftivists’ from RSPB Cymru made a bespoke green heart badge for Mr Davies with a personalised message, asking them to keep protecting the Atlantic Puffin.

Environmental charities have promoted Show the Love for the last few years to raise awareness of climate change and highlight that everyone loves something that is threatened by it. Action needs to be taken to protect what we love, before it’s too late. In the Assembly, over 30 AMs act as Species Champions for at-risk species in Wales. Wales Environment Link (WEL) members partner AMs up with species in their constituencies that are considered, under the Environment Act, to be of key significance to sustain and improve biodiversity in Wales.

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21 February 2018

Departing NFU President leaves “big boots to fill”

Tributes have been paid to the outgoing NFU President, Meurig Raymond, who this week chaired his last NFU Conference in the role.

Meurig is set to step down after 4 years in the role, with the farmers’ union electing a successor to the top post today.

Shadow Agriculture Secretary – Paul Davies – said he had been a “tireless voice for farmers” and warned his successor that there were “big boots to fill”.

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19 February 2018

Work Experience Placement Offered by Local AM

Paul is pictured with Aled Thomas, an autism activist, who was given the opportunity to work alongside Paul at his Assembly office.Local Assembly Member Paul Davies was delighted to recently offer a work placement to Aled Thomas, an autism activist. Mr Thomas, who lives with autism himself, was given the opportunity to work alongside Paul at his Assembly office in Cardiff Bay. During his placement, Aled had the opportunity to see first-hand the work that Paul does at the National Assembly for Wales and contributed to preparing Paul’s plenary work.

Mr Davies said, “I’m delighted that Aled has enjoyed his time shadowing me in my role as an Assembly Member. I hope that the placement was able to give him a taste of the work that I do and I’m very thankful for all his hard work over the past few weeks. It’s always great to see people actively engaging with local and national politics and I look forward to welcoming more work experience placements in the future.”

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#RehabMatters Campaign Endorsed by Local AM

L-R: Jeroen Bruins, Reneé Groenevelt, local AM Paul Davies, Kate Roch.Local Assembly Member Paul Davies recently met with community physiotherapists to discuss the #RehabMatters campaign which aims to improve access to rehabilitation services across the UK. Mr Davies discussed the campaign and the provision of services in Pembrokeshire and then watched the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy’s campaign video.

Mr Davies said, “It was a real pleasure to meet with Jeroen, Reneé and Kate to discuss their work and discuss ways in which we can promote community rehabilitation services. It’s so crucial that patients leaving hospital have access to the right services as quickly as possible and so we need to make sure that community physiotherapists have the resources and support that they need. The RehabMatters film is a powerful one and as a result, I will be doing all that I can to raise awareness of this important campaign, to ensure that patients have access to the services and support that they need following hospital stays.”

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15 February 2018

Action Needed To Tackle Online Sale of Pets

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies has raised the issue of the online sale of pets, following concerns that the number of sales has risen significantly in recent years. Mr Davies called on the Welsh Government to prioritise the matter and address the scale of unlicensed activity taking place online.

Mr Davies said: “The online trade of pets has been a longstanding issue as the invisibility of the trading system means that sellers do not always ensure the highest possible standards. There is simply no accountability and no way of ascertaining whether these animals are healthy, have had the appropriate veterinary checks and are even old enough to be taken away from their mothers. The Welsh Government must look at this activity and develop a strategy to address online trading and selling of pets, so that all parties can be confident that the welfare of animals is protected.”

You can access Paul’s speech (from paragraph 32) here - http://record.assembly.wales/Plenary/4907

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Mental Health in Rural Communities Raised by Local AM

Mental health in the agricultural industry was the focus of a speech given by local Assembly Member Paul Davies in the Assembly Chamber recently. Mr Davies spoke during a Welsh Conservatives debate on mental health at the Senedd and highlighted some of the successful initiatives across the world that could be adopted in Wales.

Mr Davies said: “It’s really important to address mental health in the agricultural industry as farming can be a particularly stressful occupation with many stress factors that are taken out of farmers’ hands – such as price volatility in the markets, or the emotional impact of bovine tb on their livestock for example. Therefore, we must ensure that service provision and support are available to our farmers on their doorstep.”

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14 February 2018

AMs host Pembrokeshire mental health charity at the Senedd

Paul is pictured with Simon Thomas AM and Emma Picton-Jones of the DPJ Foundation.At the National Assembly’s Pierhead Building in Cardiff Bay, Simon Thomas AM and Paul Davies AM hosted a presentation by Emma Picton-Jones of the DPJ Foundation.

The seminar explored the unique challenges that are experienced surrounding mental health by people living in rural areas.

In July 2016, Emma’s husband Daniel took his own life after suffering from mental health issues. Emma then decided to set up the DPJ Foundation, which aims to break the stigma of mental health and support young men in rural communities.

Founder of the charity Emma Picton-Jones said: “I think the event went really well. We had fantastic feedback. Everybody was really positive. A lot of people involved in the agricultural community have offered their support going forward. They recognise mental health is an issue that we have to do something about and that is vital as we move forward.”

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