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Local charity wins funding from Lloyds

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Charity cashes in: Lloyds Bank make £3,000 donation to Bucketful of Hope

Charity cashes in: Lloyds Bank make £3,000 donation to Bucketful of Hope

FOLLOWING fierce competition from many charities in Pembrokeshire, Adam’s Bucketful of Hope Charity Support Centre was nominated for the top funding of £3000 from Lloyds Bank to be used to the benefit of cancer patients using its Dew Street Care Centre. The Charity was founded by leukaemia victim, Adam Evans- Thomas, eleven years ago. Its main aim was to raise funds for a new state of the Art Cancer Care Day Unit for Withybush Hospital.

The charity honoured Adam’s wish that both hospitals that cared for him should benefit from the charity’s fundraising. So in 2009, a high dependency room on the new Transplant Unit in University Hospital, the Heath, Cardiff, called ‘The Pembrokeshire Room’, was paid for. Whilst waiting for news of a new unit for Withybush – two Directors of the Charity died from their cancers. It was then decided to move from pure fundraising to supporting patients who were waiting for the promised unit to materialise. And this was when the three storied project took off in Dew Street Haverfordwest.

The charity offers an Aladdin’s cave of activities, all funded by the charity shop fronting the building. Three therapists offer pain relief and relaxation massages, two beauticians offer pampering sessions, while a podiatrist travels from Aberystwyth to take care of Patient’s feet and posture. The charity has several counsellors, as well as music and art activities.

The highlight of the week is Wednesday’s Coffee Morning where you have to be quick to grab your soap box and have your say on the week’s news. The charity has a hidden warm and inviting Coffee Shop turning out menus to feed volunteers and customers alike. This group of lively patients (some are volunteers in the venue) have been given the best and most uplifting Christmas present they could possibly wish for – they have been invited by the local health board to form a “Focus Group” to give help and advice on the new Cancer Care Day Unit and to the refurbishment of the new Ward 10.

Mrs Bernadine Rees visited the cancer warriors on one of their Coffee Mornings along with Mr Paul Hawkins and Mrs Sue Lewis to confirm that both projects are now starting and should be completed in a time frame of 73 weeks. This caused great excitement as for months volunteers have been worried about travelling away from Pembrokeshire in ‘nauseous and in some cases extremely painful situations’.

Chris Evans-Thomas told The Herald: “The relief that the news of their cancer services are going to be ‘the best in the West” and supported by haematology, oncology and palliative consultants is better than any tonic. I thought that this level of excitement only happened with children on Christmas Day! “All in Adam’s Bucketful of Hope Care Centre would like to thank Lloyds Bank for their generous donation which will be used (among other projects) to add a new hair dressing and wig cleaning facility to their pampering services.” For more information as to what the Charity venue offers please contact: 01437 779400 or call in and pick up a leaflet (with a cup of coffee and chat) any time Monday to Saturday 10.30am – 4.30pm.

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Update for Multi-purpose Community Centres following First Minister announcement

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TODAY, First Minister Mark Drakeford announced that multi-purpose community centres including community centres, village halls, church halls and other community facilities can reopen from 03 May. This decision has been brought forward from 17 May.

Welsh Government announced changes during today’s briefing, and the guidance for multi-purpose community venues is being updated to ensure compliance with developments in regulations, including greater emphasis on ventilation. Welsh Government continue to advise authorities that the regulations on social gathering will still prevent a number of activities from taking place at community venues, and only organised activities for up to 15 people will be permitted.

The panel strongly advise you to make every effort to carry out your activity digitally or make contact by phone. If not, consider whether it is possible to hold your activity outdoors, in-line with Welsh Government guidance. Holding your activity indoors should be considered as a last resort. If this is the only option and it’s essential that you meet then please keep the session brief and involve as few people as possible, with all necessary procedures and protocols in place.

Those responsible for community activities should remember to;

  • maintain a social distance of 2 meters.
  • wear a face covering in indoor public spaces.
  • regularly wash your hands for 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer provided.   

A multi-agency panel has been set up to advise and support around the safe and proportionate reopening of facilities in-line with national guidance. The panel has been created under Ceredigion’s Public Services Board Sub Group; Understanding our Communities. Leading on the development of the group is Ceredigion Association of Voluntary Organisations (CAVO) and Ceredigion County Council in partnership with Heddlu Dyfed Powys Police and Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service. The panel includes representation from Health & Safety, Environmental Health and Community Safety.

The panel encourages anyone responsible for community facilities to seek advice to ensure that arrangements are safe and secure and that compliance is in-line with national guidance. Prior to re-opening any community facility those managing centres must ensure that they are ‘Covid-Free Zones’.

The panel will aim to host another briefing session on April 28 at 13:30 to support those in charge of community venues with the latest developments. If you would like to join the next briefing session, please register here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cyfleusterau-cymunedol-ceredigion-community-facilities-information-session-tickets-152071456821?aff=ebdssbonlinesearch or get in touch via the contact details below.

The multi-agency panel will continue to support and advise Community Groups and Organisations, and questions or information requests can be submitted to the group which meets on a weekly basis via CAVO on gen@cavo.org.uk or by phone on 01570 423232.

Together, we can keep Ceredigion safe.

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Ceredigion Museum’s digital storytelling celebrates LGBTQ+ history month

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February marks LGBTQ+ History month and Ceredigion Museum has been working with local organisation Aberration to unveil and record fascinating and untold stories of Aberystwyth.

These stories form part of the museum’s ‘It Happened in Aber’ project, which will allow people to listen to the untold stories that have shaped Aberystwyth.

This project was made possible thanks to the ’15-minute heritage’ funding, a partnership between The National Lottery Heritage Fund and Cadw, the Welsh Government’s historic environment service.

Carrie Canham, museum curator, said: “For too long the LGBTQ+ community has been marginalised, or even completely concealed, in history. Ceredigion Museum is keen to share the stories that have lurked in the shadows, to celebrate the diversity and rich LGBTQ+ heritage of Aberystwyth with pride.”

The LGBTQ+ stories researched and recorded with by Jane Hoy, of Aberration, include historic and modern-day characters from the town, including famous academics, poets, mariners, dancers and a spy!

“We are delighted to be working so closely with Ceredigion Museum contributing to ‘queering up’ the museum with lively local stories and events,” Jane.

Aberystwyth has certainly played its part in developing the LGBTQ+ community in West Wales and Sarah and Rosie, founders of Aberystwyth’s ‘Wrecked’ nightclub for women, have documented their fond memories of their venue in the town: “It became a fun and safe haven for lesbians who travelled there from all corners of the county”.

Ceredigion Museum staff and volunteers will be continuing to document stories linked to the LGBTQ+ community, as well as stories linked to specific locations in the town, until April.

From May onwards, The ‘It Happened in Aber’ stories will be available to enjoy in podcast format on the museum’s website as well as forming a digital walking tour of the town, allowing people to listen and enjoy the stories whilst walking around the locations in Aberystwyth.

Councillor Catherine Hughes said: “It’s fantastic that Ceredigion Museum is providing us with an opportunity to enjoy the history and the important contribution of the LGBTQ+ community in Aberystwyth. This is such an important project to document our local heritage. We look forward to listening to all the stories.”

If you can’t wait until the summer, join this years’ virtual Aberration – Between the Lines event on Friday, February 26 from 7pm, when the ladies of ‘Wrecked’ will be sharing some of their stories!

For further information or to share your untold story, contact Sarah Morton, Ceredigion Museum’s sustainability officer, at Sarah.Morton@ceredigion.gov.uk.

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Aberaeron takeaway closed for ignoring coronavirus restrictions

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A Premises Closure Notice has been issued to Paradise Pizza, Regent Street, Aberaeron due to repeated non-compliance with the Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (No.5) (Wales) Regulations 2020.

The business was issued with a premises improvement notice on 15th January 2021. It was required to take reasonable measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus, including the need to ensure that staff use personal protective equipment and face coverings. However, officers have since witnessed staff failing to wear face coverings on multiple occasions in contravention of their advice.

Monitoring inspections have shown that the majority of Ceredigion‘s retail premises are complying with the restrictions placed on them during the pandemic. Ceredigion County Council’s Public Protection team will continue to take action against businesses who fail to comply with the coronavirus restrictions. Whilst non-compliant businesses will usually receive advice and guidance, serious or persistent breaches will be dealt with by means of closure powers, fixed penalty notices or prosecution.

This takeaway must remain closed for 28 days, or until Public Protection officers are satisfied that the alleged non-compliance has been addressed.

Premises improvement and closure notices are required to be published by law.

The full closure notice can be found on Ceredigion County Council’s website, under Improvement and Closure Notices: http://www.ceredigion.gov.uk/resident/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-improvement-closure-and-direction-notices/

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