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Llandysul Family Centre celebrate success

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Smiles all around: The Right Reverend The Lord Bishop of St Davids; Catrin Evans and Sue Fletcher, Plant Dewi.

Smiles all around: The Right Reverend The Lord Bishop of St Davids; Catrin Evans and Sue Fletcher, Plant Dewi.

TO CELEBRATE the success of Ceredigion County Council’s Flying Start and Plant Dewi’s work with Llandysul Family Centre, an open day was held on Thursday (Jan 8). The Right Reverend The Lord Bishop of St Davids officially opened the event where there was an opportunity to see the building and talk to the staff and supporters of the family centre.

Llandysul Family Centre has been going from strength to strength over the past few months and the service will continue to thrive as Plant Dewi have been successful in securing nearly £195,000 from the Big Lottery People and Places Fund to keep the centre open for another three years, with opening hours set to increase in 2015.

This will mean that the families of Llandysul and the surrounding area will have continued access to much needed family support services for a number of years. The range of support available to families will be developed by offering more parenting programmes, as well as for parents of teenagers, hold regular baby massage sessions, breast feeding support and enhance the already popular lunch club.

Rhian Rees, Flying Start Manger said: “We are proud to work in partnership with Plant Dewi and are delighted at their success in securing funding for the next 3 years. “We are particularly pleased for the families of Llandysul who will be able to enjoy the high quality of support offered by the Centre.” Flying Start is a Welsh Government programme which aims to provide more support and opportunities for families with children under the age of 4 living in the most deprived areas in Wales. Ceredigion County Council’s Flying Start and Families First programmes commission Plant Dewi to support the development of the Family Centre network across the . County.

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New Children’s Book based on local fisherman

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CHILDREN’S AUTHOR Natalie L Davies has written a story based on local man, Mickey Beechey, of Llangrannog.

The book is available on Amazon.

Natalie said: “I’ve written a series of children’s books with the central character, the lovely ‘Mickey the Fisherman’. The first book is called ‘Pollution’, and is a bright colourful and fun book with a valuable message.”

The book is available to buy on Amazon in both paperback and kindle, and can be found at: mybook.to/mickeythefisherman.

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Council supports the Learning Disabilities ‘My Charter’

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CABINET members and senior officers in Ceredigion have signed ‘My Charter’. In doing so, Ceredigion County Council have become the first council to sign up to the charter. My Charter was written by people who have learning disabilities in West Wales.

The charter says that people who have learning disabilities want to have more chances in life, more choice and to be listened to. It also says that people who have learning disabilities want to be treated as adults, to be given dignity and respect and that their information is kept private.

Councillor Alun Williams is the Cabinet member responsible for Adult Services. He said: “People with learning disabilities have the same aspirations, hopes and feelings as everyone else. They deserve the same services and to be treated equally in a way that’s appropriate to their needs. I’m delighted that Ceredigion has become the first council to sign the charter, and I’m looking forward to seeing how this can positively influence the way our population of people with learning disabilities are treated in the future.”

The charter was developed by people who have learning disabilities from across Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire.

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Ceredigion Leisure Centres Summer holiday programme

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A BUSY TIMETABLE of inclusive summer holiday activities for children has been organised across all Ceredigion County Council-run leisure centres in the county.

From football to bouncy castle sessions, from cycling skills to archery, there’s a wide variety of activities to choose from over the course of the summer.

There will also be day camps and multi-skills activity days available at some of the leisure centres, for children to attend for the whole day. There’s even a day trip to the beach with Teifi Leisure Centre!

A range of learning to swim programmes are available at Lampeter Swimming Pool and Plascrug Leisure Centre across the summer holidays. A week of swimming lessons will be delivered solely through the medium of Welsh in Plascrug Leisure Centre starting on 5 August.

Councillor Catrin Miles is the council’s Cabinet member with responsibility for Leisure Services. She said: “Ceredigion Actif is once again providing a busy timetable of fun activities during the summer. It’s a healthy and worthwhile way for children to spend their time during the summer.”

Booking for sessions is essential and staff at leisure centres reserve the right to cancel any session if attendance is too low.

For further information on the summer holiday activities planned, visit the Ceredigion Actif website.

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