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 

 
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.

Please find below an update on COVID-19 test facilities in Aneurin Bevan University Health Board’s area, covering Caerphilly, Newport, Blaenau Gwent, Monmouthshire and Torfaen.


We would be grateful if you could share this information with your networks.
If you have symptoms of COVID-19, please book yourself in for a quick, safe test. Phone 119 or visit https://gov.wales/getting-tested-coronavirus-covid-19
People with hearing or speech difficulties can call 18001119.
Remember, you must self-isolate at home after a COVID-19 test.
Travelling to a COVID-19 test counts as essential travel.
Some of the test centres are mobile and move around boroughs, others are in temporary locations. Here’s the up to date schedule below:
Newport Temporary COVID-19 Test Facilities
  • Tredegar House Car Park - NP10 8YW (Drive Through Only) 9am-4pm
  • Rodney Parade Newport NP19 0UU – 9am– 6pm
  • Pillgwenlly, Former Kwiksave Car Park 173 Commercial Road, NP20 2RD
  • 8am - 8pm - 7 days a week
  • Duffryn Arms Car Park, Duffryn Drive, Duffryn, NP10 8TE
  • Opening Thursday 28 January - 8am-8pm - 7 days a week
Newport Mobile Test Facilities (26/1/2021 – 1/2/2021 9am – 4pm)
  • Lliswerry - Sports Village, Swimming pool and Tennis Centre Car Park - NP19 4RA
  • Rogerstone - Rivermead Community Centre, Fuscia Way, Rogerstone, NP10 9LZ
Caerphilly Temporary COVID-19 Test Facility
  • Rhymney, Caerphilly - Former Aldi Carpark, Old Brewery Lane - NP22 5EZ.
  • 8am - 8pm - 7 days a week
Caerphilly COVID-19 Mobile Test Facilities - (26/1/2021 – 1/2/2021 9am – 4pm)
  • 26/1/2021 - 28/1/2021 - Blackwood - Former CCBC Site - Pontllanfraith house - NP12 2YW
  • 29/1/2021 - 30/1/2021 Bargoed Library Car Park CF81 8QR –
  • Please not enter the library
  • 31/1/2021 - 1/2/2021 - Caerphilly Leisure Centre CF83 3SW
Torfaen COVID-19 Mobile Test Facilities (27/1/2021 – 2/2/2021 9am – 4pm)
  • Pontypool Old Mill Carpark - Trosnant Street, NP4 8AT
  • Greenmeadow Community Farm - Greenforge Way, Cwmbran NP44 5AJ
Blaenau Gwent Temporary COVID-19 Test Facility (9am – 4pm)
  • Former Marine Colliery, Cwm, Ebbw Vale, NP23 7TL (Drive Through Only)
Important Information
Booking required for these test facilities.
• The test is done in 5 minutes
• Please wear a face covering on the way to and from your test
• Please do not use public transport
• Do not visit any shops or other places on the way to or from your test
• If you have symptoms of Coronavirus, you and your whole household must self-isolate at home until you receive your test results.
• There are stringent measures in place to protect both you and our staff at the testing sites.
You can also have a test posted to your home. Apply online at www.gov.wales or phone 119.
For more information on testing centres in the ABUHB area, please visit: https://abuhb.nhs.wales/coronavirus/testing-centres/

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