Welcome to Abertillery & Llanhilleth Community Council

ABERTILLERY AND LLANHILLETH COMMUNITY COUNCIL is your local elected Council, representing people of the local area at the grass roots level, from Swffryd in the south, through Llanhilleth, Brynithel, Aberbeeg, Six Bells, Abertillery and Cwmtillery, to Bournville in the north. We help run local events, including the Christmas concert, St David's Day concert and Remembrance events, we are involved in Aberfest and Winterfest (where we fund the children's activity zone), we celebrate local people's achievements at Council meetings, provide Christmas lights and defibrillators throughout the area, pay for additional detached youth workers and a local youth food project, to help engage young people better and reduce anti-social behaviour, run Council meetings, serve on local school governing bodies and other organisations, provide grants to local organisations and groups, organise the annual Party in the Park, organise other events such as a Fun Run to be held in 2020, look after War Memorials and lease allotments, represent local people's views to organisations such as Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council and Heddlu Gwent Police and work in partnership with many local groups and organisations, to significantly and continuously improve community well-being now and for future generations. 

The council is registered with the Information Commissioners Office, Registration Ref: ZA228345

Beware Scammers

 

Residents at risk of being scammed over COVID-19 vaccine.

Dyfed Powys Police Economic Crime Team has become aware that criminals have been sending texts and emails attempting to lure people to apply for the COVID-19 vaccine.

DC Gareth Jordan, from the Cyber Crime Unit, said: “The text is made to look like it comes from the NHS and states ‘we have identified that you are eligible to apply for your vaccine’ and advises you to follow a link to get more information and ‘apply’.”

“If you follow the link, you are taken to a convincing looking, but fake NHS website that asks for your personal details.

“After entering your details, it then requests bank/card details to ‘check your identity’.”

“But as with all scams, if you look a little closer, you will see it is not real. In this instance, note the URL is not www.nhs.uk/

“As multiple vaccines are now being approved for use in the UK, these types of fraud attempts will continue as criminals look to take advantage of the vaccine roll out.

It’s not only texts, beware of cold calls and emails regarding the vaccine as scammers are also asking people to pay for it over the phone. Remember – the vaccine is free of charge and there is no way to jump the queue by paying for a ‘priority slot’.

“If you receive one of these calls, hang up and block the number.

“If you have received an email, which you are not quite sure about, forward it to the Suspicious Email Reporting Service (SERS) at report@phishing.gov.uk

“Suspicious text messages should be forwarded to 7726. This free-of-charge short code enables your provider to investigate the origin of the text and take action, if found to be malicious.”

Always:
Stop:
Take a moment to think before parting with your money or information - it could keep you safe.
Challenge:
Could it be fake? It’s ok to reject, refuse or ignore any requests. Only criminals will try to rush or panic you.
Protect: Contact your bank immediately if you think you’ve fallen victim to a scam and report it to the Police.
Remember – The NHS, The police, or your bank, will never ask you to withdraw money or transfer it to a different account. They will also never ask you to reveal your full banking password or PIN.

Do not click on links or attachments in unexpected or suspicious texts or emails.
Confirm requests are genuine by using a known number or email address to contact organisations directly.

Always check the URL of a website.

Scammers are trying to trick people regarding the Covid-19 Vaccine

The NHS don’t need your bank details and won’t ask for them in an email or text.

Gwiriwch URL gwefan bob tro.

Mae sgamwyr yn ceisio twyllo pobl ynghylch y Brechlyn Covid-19.

Does dim angen eich manylion banc ar y GIG a fyddan nhw ddim yn gofyn amdanynt mewn ebost neu neges destun.

Regards,

Gareth

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DC357 Gareth Jordan
Swyddog Seiberamddiffyn / Cyber Protect Officer

Tim Troseddau Seiber / Cyber Crime Team

Heddlu Dyfed-Powys / Dyfed-Powys Police

Pencadlys Heddlu Dyfed-Powys, Blwch Post 99, Llangynnwr, Caerfyrddin, SA31 2PF

Police Headquarters, Po Box 99, Llangunnor, Carmarthen, SA31 2PF

Always report suspicious emails to: report@phishing.gov.uk

COVID 19

The Community Council Offices at Mitre Street, Abertillery are going to be closed until further notice because of the current national situation and the government advice for people to work from home where possible.

The Community Council can still be contacted be either email: clerk.alcc@gmail.com or on 07743 631066 or 07395 949582

 
During the coming days and weeks it important that people have access to reliable and official information. We all hear the national news but that has local impacts, and that is where the questions are going to arise from. 
The best source of information will be the Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council website and the update page. It is being updated on a regular  basis. 
https://www.blaenau-gwent.gov.uk/en/resident/emergencies-crime-prevention/coronavirus-covid-19-latest-information/ 
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Just to remind you all that the Citizens Advice Bureau are continuing to operate a free telephone service for the people of Gwent. So if you or anyone you know are worrying about paying bills, budgeting or accessing financial support during the COVID-19 crisis, an adviser can provide advice, information and support

 

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If you’re finding staying at home difficult and would like confidential advice and support, here’s a list of NHS approved helplines that we hope you’ll find useful

 https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/mental-health-helplines/?fbclid=IwAR02DALpsJZ_gGNT2BNYYJyoJdwriscyfk7qaVbNz4STKNveupG7RGny5fY

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Test. Trace. Protect.

To keep Wales safe. NHS Wales’ Test, Trace, Protect Service is now live in Gwent. . If you get symptoms of Coronavirus: Loss of taste or smell, a continuous cough or fever (high temperature) You must

1. Self-isolate for 7 days and your household must isolate for 14 days.

2. Book a test on the first day of your symptoms. You can apply for a test online: www.gov.wales/applycoronavirus-test Or call 119 for free between 7am and 11pm. People with hearing or speech difficulties can call 18001 119

Are you a critical worker? If you have symptoms, booking a test will allow you to know when it’s safe to return to work. Speak to your manager or book a test using the details above Find out who is a critical worker at: www.gov.wales/coronaviruscritical-key-workers-test-eligibility Tests take place at drive through testing centres or can be posted to your home. 

For the latest information visit: www.gov.wales/ coronavirus Coronavirus (COVID-19) If your test is negative, no further action is needed and you and your household can stop isolating, providing there are no new symptoms of coronavirus. If you test positive you will be contacted by a contact tracer from the NHS Wales Test, Trace, Protect Service. • You will be asked to share the details of people you have been in close contact with up to 2 days before your symptoms started. • You will be asked for their names, dates of birth, addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses, if you have this information. The contact tracer will give you advice on what to do next. • A contact tracer will then get in touch with your close contacts. They will be told they have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus, but your identity will not be revealed unless you have given your permission. • They will be given support and advised to self-isolate for 14 days from their last contact with you, and offered a test if they have symptoms. Contact tracers do not monitor where you’ve been or what you’ve been doing. You will not be reported when giving information about your contacts and your movements. We only use the information to stop the spread of the virus. Your data will be treated as confidential and will not be shared with anybody else unless you give your permission. Coronavirus (COVID-19) ! Be aware of scam callers If in any doubt, hang up.

Do not : X - Make any form of payment or purchase a product. (Coronavirus tests are FREE) X - Give any bank account details. X - Give any passwords or PINs, or set up any over the phone. X - Download any software to your computer or tablet. X - Dial a premium rate number to speak to anyone.

Contact from the Test, Trace, Protect Service will only be from official channels. Texts will be sent from: +447775 106684 Calls will be made from: 02921 961133 Emails will be sent from: tracing@wales.nhs.uk / olrhain@wales.nhs.uk

Why is contact tracing being carried out? Contact tracing allows us to find out quickly who has COVID-19 and who is at risk of having caught it so they can self-isolate and prevent spreading it to other people. This will reduce the spread of the virus in the community, and has an important role in helping us restart day-to-day activities. How the data you provide will be kept safe All of the information you provide from testing to contact tracing will be handled securely by trained staff in the same way as other health data. Your data will be treated as strictly confidential and will not be shared with anybody else. Coronavirus (COVID-19) Keeping Safe Testing and contact tracing are only one way of preventing the spread of the virus. It is vital that we all continue to: Always stay at least 2 metres apart from people you don’t live with. This also applies in the workplace: breaks, meetings and travel to and from work. Catch coughs or sneeze into tissues, dispose of them and clean your hands as soon as possible Wash your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, or use hand sanitiser Do not touch your face unless you have thoroughly cleaned your hands Regularly disinfect surfaces and objects at home and work. The most effective way to protect yourself and others from Coronavirus is to follow these steps. However, Welsh Government advise people in Wales to wear three-layer face coverings in situations where social distancing is not possible or more difficult. This only applies to people with no symptoms of coronavirus. Anyone who does have symptoms should not go out, even if they are wearing a face covering. For the latest information visit: www.gov.wales/ coronavirus 

 

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