A woman from Ponyberem has joined the BBC Wales presenting team and is currently covering the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

Tina Evans faces numerous challenges due to long-term health conditions and disabilities, and requires a lot of support in relation to mobility and everyday care, as she is a wheelchair user.

In preparation for starting her new job, Tina sought the services of Carmarthenshire County Council’s Communities for Work Plus programme to help overcome multiple barriers such as access to work and communicating with social services.

Tina said: “I accessed the Communities for Work Plus hub in Carmarthen with the hope to speed things up. This was the best decision I made. After speaking with their team, I felt a big weight had been lifted off my shoulders as I, now, wasn't sorting things alone.

“I would especially like to thank Desiree from the team. She supported me through telephone calls with access to work and social services and liaised with them to make sure we met the deadlines required. There were a few barriers to overcome along the way, but with Desiree's support and determination, we hurdled over them.

“I can now look forward with excitement for this opportunity, knowing that I have the support I need.”


Desiree De Mouilpied, Community Employment Officer/Disability Specialist said: “It’s been a privilege to assist Tina with her journey to accessing work.

“Her character and determination, to pursue her dreams and overcome complex barriers into employment, have been inspiring. We all wish her the best of luck in her new job.”

Cllr Gareth John, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Leisure, Culture and Tourism said: “I would urge people in our county, who are looking to get into work, to take advantage of the support that Carmarthenshire County Council can give to you.

“Our employment support teams can help you identify training opportunities, provide you with a personal mentor, work with you to develop a job action plan, help you to build your confidence and help with writing a CV and completing job applications.

“We want to support more people, like Tina, to overcome barriers to get into work.”

For further information, visit https://www.carmarthenshire.gov.wales/home/council-services/jobs-careers/help-to-find-a-job/ or email c4wplus@carmarthenshire.gov.uk or phone 01554 784847.