Update 16 July 2021

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Local Authorities come together to boost number of foster carers in Wales

Foster Wales

Local Authorities come together to boost number of foster carers in Wales as over a third (39%) of Welsh adults claim they have considered fostering.

Local Authority fostering services in Wales have today joined forces to become ‘Foster Wales’; teams across the nation combine their efforts and expertise to significantly increase the number and diversity of Local Authority foster carers.

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new regs july 2021

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Shotton Covid-19 Support Hub

Flintshire County Council, along with partners, is opening a Covid Support Hub in Shotton.

The Hub is opening its doors for the first time on Monday 19 July from 9am-12.30pm at Rivertown United Reformed Church, Chester Road West, Shotton, CH5 1BX and is open to all residents of Flintshire. 

The hub will be open every Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9am-12.30pm.

You can call in to pick up your free lateral flow test and there will be a number of agencies and organisations on hand to offer advice and support on: 

• Mental health issues

• Your finances 

• Household fuel and heating

• Food advice 

• Help with getting online

We aim to open similar hubs in other areas of Flintshire in the future.

Also in Shotton tomorrow (Saturday 17 July):

mobile vax 2

Click poster for more information on mobile vaccinations

Castell Alun High School

on the roof

Flintshire County Councillors and senior officers recently toured the new block at Castell Alun High School to see how it was shaping up.  

The Council, from its capital programme, is investing almost £5m in Castell Alun High School for a new three storey Art and Design Technology block that will include specialist classrooms along with general teaching spaces, offices and toilets. The project also includes the demolition of the current technology block to create additional parking and a replacement of the roof over the existing music department.

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Consultation on improvements to A494 Aston Hill footpath

cycle consultation

Following a successful bid to the Welsh Government for funding to improve the Aston Hill footpath, Flintshire County Council is inviting residents to have their say on the proposed improvements, which are intended to benefit both pedestrians and cyclists.

The scheme is part of a wider integrated transport proposal within the local area and the proposals will include footway widening, shared pedestrian-cycle facilities, new crossing points, lighting improvements, fencing and improved signage.

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No parking charges in towns until end September

The Council suspended all Pay and Display car parking charges from 25 March 2020 and the suspension of town centre car parking charges will continue to be in place until 30 September 2021.

Flintshire’s Cabinet Member for Streetscene, Councillor Glyn Banks, said:

“We have further extended the suspension of town centre car parking charges to support the cross Council work to reopen our town centres and encourage shoppers and visitors to return and support local businesses. This approach will provide free parking as town centres continue to welcome back shoppers and it will support an upturn in shopper footfall.”

Well-being support for young people

IYP youth service

Flintshire’s Youth Service has recently carried out a joint consultation with Wrexham Youth Service to gauge the effects of Covid-19 on young people’s lives.  

Young people across both Council areas have expressed concerns about their mental health, education, employment, and income. 

The pandemic has negatively affected social relationships for some young people with their friends and families. Young people feel the pandemic has affected their mental health greatly and they felt that they did not know where to go for help and advice during lockdowns. 


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Bus travel in North Wales is about to become a lot easier

From Saturday (July 17) one ticket will be valid on buses all across North Wales. 

Once passengers have bought their 1bws ticket from the bus driver on their first journey of the day, the ticket will then be valid for travel on busses across North Wales.

An adult ticket will cost £5.70, a child (or young person with a My Travel Pass) will pay £3.70 and holders of English and Scottish concessionary bus passes will also pay £3.70. 

A family ticket is available for just £12.

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Childcare Offer helping local childcare providers

childcare offer

Flintshire Early Years has approved 105 applications from childcare providers, helping them to improve the facilities they offer or to lower the age of provision to include 3 and 4 year olds. 

The Council was awarded £500,000 of Welsh Government funding from the grant scheme and an additional £122,000 for COVID-19 related Capital works. 

Of the 105 applications approved from 2018 – 2021, 23 were COVID-19 related. 

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Reminder! Employment opportunities at local hotel

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Are you looking for work in the hospitality sector and need some help and advice?  

Then sign up for a “meet and greet”  event at the Village St David’s Hotel in Ewloe on Tuesday 20 July where Communities For Work Flintshire, Jobcentre Plus and Careers Wales will be there to support you in finding your next role in the hospitality sector.

It is essential that you book your place in advance.  Slots are available between the following times:

10 – 11am

11:30am – 12:30pm

1 – 2pm 

General Manager of the Village St David’s Hotel, Donn Timmons, said: 

“Village Hotel Club is dedicated to the development of our team from on the job training through to our Rising Stars programme which gives our Management Team the skills to progress to Hotel and General Management. Hospitality is such an exciting industry where we look to develop all of our team to reach their full potential.”

Whether it’s because of Covid-19 or some other reason, many in the hospitality industry are experiencing a shortage of staff in various roles.  So, if you are ready to work in an interesting and varied sector of the economy, book a place and talk to the team on 20 July.

To book your place, please email: 

sharon-jones@flintshire.gov.uk or nia.parry@flintshire.gov.uk.