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NGS Open Day - Saturday 25 August 2018

Ponthafren Newtown will again be opening its Garden as part of ‘National Garden Scheme, Garden Open for Charity Scheme’ on Saturday 25 August 2018 10am - 4pm.

We have built a covered seating area on each level so its possible to sit and enjoy the wildlife and the wonders of the garden. There is a complete walk around the river bank area, which is fenced off from river bank so safe for all ages but without spoiling the view. We have so many different plants, flowers and shrubs in our gardens. Without giving too much away there are items that we have used through recycling that do get a laugh from people, but those you will have to pop along and see for yourself. We would like to invite you to come and join us to enjoy our garden as much as we do. We were chosen to be filmed in 'Glorious Gardens From Above', alongside Powis Castle and The Derwen Garden Centre, Guilsfield: we were so proud to be a part of this. We have passed numerous courses, some accredited. The skills we have and have learnt we now use to pass on to others.

So come along and enjoy our garden!

Big Rough Sleep Out 2018

Members of Ponthafren's Big Rough Sleep Out team have raised more than £500 and helped to raise awareness of homeless people in the area, larger towns and abroad

Homelessness and rough sleeping don't just affect big cities. We also have these problems here today in Powys. They can come about through changes in personal circumstances or on a massive scale through a disaster.

Newtown Rotary Club had organised the event and Ponthafren trustees, volunteers and staff members spent the night sleeping in a cardboard box to raise awareness of homelessness at home and abroad.

The event was supported by NPTC Group who allowed the use of their Newtown College campus as the venue.

Whilst this was a challenge event, it was not intended to replicate the experiences of people who are homeless. One night could never come anywhere near to their suffering.

If you would still like to sponsor Ponthafren's team after the event please visit: www.everyclick.com/ponthafrensleepout

Give as you shop with Amazon Smile

You can now support Ponthafren Association when you shop online with Amazon.

It costs you nothing, but means a huge amount to us.

So please click on the below link and choose us as your chosen charity. We will then recieve a donation every time you shop.

 

Tiggs head shave

Tracey 'Tiggs' Jones will be doing a sponsored headshave on Monday 9th April 2018 in aid of Ponthafren Association. Tiggs has said:

"I am 40 years old, and I have suffered from depression since my very early teens. Recently, I found a local Mental Health Charity Organisation called Ponthafren, and it has changed my life in so many more ways than helping me manage my depression.

Ponthafren has invested their time, effort and massive range of skills, to rebuild me, support me, encourage me, and also have fully trained me to become a volunteer at their organisation, giving me purpose, direction and self worth again, which I never thought I would have.

I am doing a headshave on April the 9th 2018, at Ponthafren, Newtown, not only to give something back, but also to raise awareness of Mental Health needs within every day society. Thank you so much for your support, it means the world!"

We are forever amazed at the amazing ways people think of to give back to Ponthafren. So please sponsor her generously.

Click here to sponsor Tiggs on her gofundme page

Ponthafren issues influenza warning

The annual influenza (flu) immunisation programme in Wales is now underway in time for winter – and those eligible for a flu vaccine are being urged by leading charities including Ponthafren Association to get their flu vaccination as soon as possible.

Last year, fewer than half (46.9%) of people in clinical risk groups got protected against influenza, a virus, which can and does kill every year. People particularly ‘at risk’ of influenza and its complications, such as those who are 65 and over, are given the vaccine at no cost as part of NHS care. However last year only 66.7% of this group got protected.

People who are 65 and over are urged to protect themselves as early as possible and get their vaccine before influenza starts circulating in Wales. Julia Gorman, at Ponthafren Association, explains why the influenza vaccination is vital for people with name of risk group:

“Influenza is a serious illness caused by a virus that affects the lungs and airways. Symptoms generally come on suddenly, and can include fever, chills, headache, cough, muscle aches and fatigue. For those who are 65 and over, influenza can be deadly.

“The best way to protect against catching flu is by having the flu vaccine each year. Make sure you don’t put yourself at risk by missing this potentially life-saving opportunity. Influenza cannot be treated with antibiotics, so make sure you get your flu vaccine for your own best protection.

“The vaccination also helps prevent the spread of the virus, so getting vaccinated helps keep you and also those around safe. It’s a win-win.”

Every year influenza circulates, but each year thousands of people who are at risk of serious complications because of age, pregnancy or a health condition fail to protect themselves.

Health officials warn that even if you had the vaccine last year, it is very important to get it again this year. Immunity wanes and the influenza virus changes every year so you should have it again now for best protection this winter.

Please speak to your GP surgery or community pharmacist to arrange to have your influenza vaccination soon. You can also find out more by visiting www.beatflu.org or www.curwchffliw.org, or finding @beatflu or @curwchffliw.

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