Author: Lyndsey Maiden

EU Settlement Scheme application deadline (30-June)

We are contacting you on behalf of the charity Settled, to make you aware about the 30 June deadline for applications to the EU Settlement Scheme.  This email provides information about the scheme. 

We would appreciate if you could forward this email to your councillors as they may well know people who may be affected.  You may also wish to post some of the information provided on your community Facebook page if you have one.

The EU Settlement Scheme which was set up under the terms of the UK’s Withdrawal Agreement with the EU, applies to citizens of the EU and EFTA who came to the UK before the end of the Brexit Transition period at the end of December 2020.  Similar arrangements apply for UK citizens who are living and working in continental Europe.  

The EU and EFTA residents in the UK who are affected by this need to apply if they wish to retain their rights to live, work and study in the UK.  Some people are not aware that this applies to them, including even some elderly veterans of World War II who came to the UK long before the UK joined the EU.  In addition, the children of some more recent arrivals, who have obtained rights to live and work in the UK, need to have individual applications made on their behalf in order to ensure that they will be able to access healthcare and education in the future.

 A short video (3-4 minutes long) providing an overview of the EU Settlement Scheme and some of the issues involved is available on YouTube using the links provided below:

Digital copies of posters providing information about the scheme can be downloaded by clicking on the images below or the links provided below them.  These can be printed out for display on community noticeboards.

Llanwrda WeFibre Project Introduction

This email has come in from WeFibre – we urgently need a few more people to sign up to get onto the trial. This will provide future proofed internet access for the community in the future.

What is currently on offer from other providers is a pittance in comparison and as we all work from home more and potentially school from home more we are going to need what WeFibre offer.

This email has recently come in and is encouraging us to sign up a further 41 houses

Welcome to your community project!

Community Project Name: Llanwrda
Community Project Code: SW26

We committed to put everyone who has expressed interest into a community project area and this email is an introduction to your project area, and what you can do to take your project area forward.📌

Geographic Area

We’ve created your project footprint based upon the following factors:

Addressable market or rather how many properties are within the project area. Over 96% of projects are made up of more than 300 properties with some as high as 1000 properties.

Distance from intended cabinet location. In each project we have a limit of 17km on the total distance from the intended cabinet location to your property. The distances are based upon following roads and not calculated on straight lines.

Location of Openreach Exchange. We will be tapping into exchanges in order to connect you upstream to the internet and so have based each project on it’s access to an exchange.
✋ Current interest

To date we have received the following level of interest from your project community: 🗳️ 59 signups

The threshold we need to meet for your project is 100 signups and so we need your help with spreading the word to your neighbours and wider community in order to help us achieve this target.
🦸 How you can help speed things up

Each project we undertake is always community driven and so we always require at least 3 WeFibre heroes.

A WeFibre hero can help in many ways:

📢 The community champion
Are you the man or woman about town? Do you find yourself not being able to walk 100 metres before bumping into someone you know? You could be just the person we’re looking for! Each project requires at least one community champion, the purpose of the community champion is simple – We need as many people to reserve a voucher as possible in order to make your project viable so we need a community champion to spread the word about WeFibre.

🛫 The enabler
Every build needs a starting point, a place where all the fibre goes back to and the magic happens. For each network build, we need a small area (approx 120cm x 50cm) to install an outdoor cabinet, a bit like the green ones you see on the streets. It’s very unobtrusive, but will require some temporary power whilst we get the cabinet hooked up to the mains and we will need access to it once in a while. If you have a bit of unused land that could be suitable, you could enable this whole project. We will follow up with a separate email on the approximate area where we need the cabinet to be located.

🏡 The host
We’re rolling this out in areas all over the country and so storing equipment and materials out our central base in Manchester doesn’t always make logistical sense. We therefore require a bit of land (ideally 2,000 sq ft or more) to call home for a few weeks. We’re not pescious how it looks and we’re very tidy tenants and always clear up after ourselves. We would need to place a shipping container on this land temporarily so as to secure materials and plant whilst we roll out services in your community.


A little thank you for your help

Anyone who steps up to be a WeFibre hero (cape optional) will receive free internet for 3 years as a thank you for your support. To qualify for free internet as a community champion you will need to have referred at least 20 people to WeFibre.

Do I need to do anything?

This whole project is only made possible by accessing grant funding in the shape of Rural Gigabit Vouchers, a scheme run by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport. If you have already applied for a grant on the WeFibre website, then that’s it for now, you can sit back, put on the kettle ☕ and let us do all the hard work involved in bringing the goodness of WeFibre to your door.

If you haven’t yet applied for your voucher simply head over to wefibre.com/grants and complete our short form to lock in your grant funding today!

Facebook phishing scam – Dyfed Police update

 If you receive a Facebook Message asking “is that you”? Do not click on the link Do not enter your Facebook User ID and Password! 

 How to protect yourself against phishers 

 Use unique and complex passwords for all of your online accounts. Password managers help you generate strong passwords and notify you when you reuse old passwords. 

 Use multi-factor authentication (MFA) where possible. 

 Beware of any messages sent to you, even from your Facebook contacts. Phishing attacks will usually employ some type of social engineering to lure you into clicking malicious links or downloading infected files. 

 Watch out for any suspicious activity on your Facebook or other online accounts.