Board appoints its first female security guard.
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THE health board which covers Rhondda Cynon Taff and Merthyr Tydfil has appointed a woman to a security job for the first time.
Lyndsey Powell, 35, from Tonyrefail, works in the Royal Glamorgan Hospital in Llantrisant in a dual role as a porter and covering security.
Her work involves ensuring the safety and security of all outdoor and indoor areas by monitoring CCTV and patrolling the grounds.
She also reports security or safety hazards, secures the premises and enforces local policies about car parking and being a smoke free site.
One of the most important parts of Lyndsey's role is her rapid response to security emergencies within the hospital, and her role takes on greater importance at night by providing a feeling of safety for staff, patients and visitors.
Single mum Lyndsey said: "I was first attracted to the role of porter because I like doing a variety of things.
"You have to be physically fit as the job involves lifting and a lot of walking."
Lyndsey joined the health board through the Welsh Government's LIFT Programme, which helps local people into training and employment.
It is aimed at those who have spent more than six months out of work or training.
Lyndsey joined the programme at her local community centre, after which she took on a work experience placement in the porters' department at the Royal Glamorgan.
Having now secured a permanent job at the health board, she said: "I would recommend the LIFT Programme as it helped me to get this job.
"I had a lot of support and regular communication throughout my placement."
Beverley Pritchard, Cwm Taf Health Board's pathways to employment project manager, added: "The LIFT project has definitely helped to remove some barriers to employment.
"Lyndsey has proved to be a massive asset to the health board.
"We will continue to work with the LIFT project and hopefully see more success stories like Lyndsey's."
Lyndsey Powell works at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital in Llantrisant