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Brighter Future for Veterans and their Families

Veterans and their families across North Wales are set to benefit from additional support from local authorities following the award of over £230,000 from the Ministry of Defence.
The award will fund the employment of two Armed Forces Liaison Officers (AFLO) dedicated to strengthening the delivery of the Armed Forces Community Covenant across the region by ensuring the fair and respectful treatment of serving personnel, veterans and their families.
The officers’ remit will include reviewing existing policies and procedures in areas including Human Resources, Social Care, Education and Housing. Officers will also ensure the needs of the Armed Forces Community are considered in new strategic plans and service changes linked to, for example, the Well-being of Future Generations Act, and the Social Services and Well-being Act. The officers will seek to establish the size and complement of the region’s Armed Forces Community, and to establish clear lines of communication so that information can flow to and from community members more effectively.
There will be a focus on training for front line staff too, allowing them to better understand and support the needs of the Armed Forces Community.
Dr Mohammed Mehmet, Denbighshire County Council’s Chief Executive, said: “This is excellent news and I pass on my thanks to the officers responsible for securing this award. Armed forces personnel, veterans and their families can be assured that in North Wales we are committed to ensuring they will not be disadvantaged by the service they have given to their country."
The award will be administered by Wrexham Council on behalf of the six local authorities in North Wales.

Take the Lead in Denbighshire Countryside

A campaign urging dog owners to keep their pets on leads in the Denbighshire countryside has been launched .
The Take the Lead campaign, being managed by Denbighshire Countryside Services and the Clwydian Range and Dee Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, in support of a regional initiative by North Wales Police to help reduce incidents of sheep worrying.
The Police’s Rural Crime Unit has already launched Operation Flock to reduce the number of incidents across the region and aims to educate and raise awareness of the issue and encourage dog owners to think and act responsibly when they visit the countryside.
It is illegal to allow dogs to worry sheep when they are off the lead. The consequences could include a fine and potentially a destruction order if the matter is taken before the courts. The campaign will include new signage being installed, / flyers distributed and a video created, with the simple message for dog owners to keep their dogs on leads in open countryside.
Social media will also be used to send out messages to residents and visitors to the region. Denbighshire Countryside Service, working in partnership with the Clwydian Range and Dee Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Committee will work with North Wales Police over the coming months to raise awareness of this issue.