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Could you do the Nicest Job in Britain?

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Nicest man in Britain?: Last year’s winner, Luke Cameron

Nicest man in Britain?: Last year’s winner, Luke Cameron

GOOD SAMARITANS across the county could be in with the chance of getting paid to help many charities as the Nicest Job in Britain (NJIB) campaign re-launches for its second year.

The Nicest Job in Britain is a charity campaign led by NicestJobs.com – an employer brand showcase platform for the charity sector – and sponsored by online auction platform Givergy.

The Job will see one lucky winner travel the country and help 40 charities over the course of a year; working both on the ground as a volunteer and in their head offices on charity campaigns.

The second year of the campaign kicks off with a global hunt to find the successor to 27-year-old kindness campaigner Luke Cameron from Cheltenham, who was dubbed the ‘Nicest Man in Britain’ by the Daily Mail. Luke was NJIB’s first ever National Philanthropy Manager and is now leading the search for his replacement.

The successful applicant will take up the role of National Philanthropy Manager for NicestJobs.com and will be paid a salary of £30,000. But the real benefit of the role is having the opportunity to travel the country to help 40 different charities; from animal rescue to children’s hospices.

In order to apply, participants should record a 60-second video showcasing why they’re the best person for the job, then visit www.nicestjobinbritain. co.uk to submit their application before September 16.

The 40 chosen charities who will benefit from the scheme are: RSPCA; St Joseph’s Hospice; Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity; Changing Faces; Children’s Liver Disease Foundation; Shooting Star Hospice; Creating Better Futures; Music In Hospitals; Meningitis Research Foundation; Mind; Helen Rollason Cancer Charity; Henshaws; The Churn Project; Rays of Sunshine; Sport 4 Life; The Brain Charity; CHICKS; Jubilee Sailing Trust; St Mark’s Hospital Foundation; Faith in Water; Teenage Cancer Trust; Samaritans; Toybox; Little Princess Trust; Julia House; Winston’s Wish; Theodora Children’s Charity; Friendship at Home; Step up to Serve; Maria Cristina Foundation; Vinspired; Off the Record Bristol; FPA – Sexual Health; Visyon; Daisy Chain Project; County Air Ambulance Appeal; PAFRAS; Glos Pride; Lauren Currie Twilight Foundation and Mary Stevens Hospice.

The primary sponsor of this year’s campaign is Givergy – an award-winning company which offers a range of cutting-edge technology platforms to help charities raise more at fundraising events and online. The company helped raise over £25 million for more than 1,200 incredible charitable causes in 2015 alone.

Last year’s winner, Luke Cameron, who completed his 45 charity visits in 2015 has now turned his attention to finding his successor for the Nicest Job in Britain. He says: “Being the National Philanthropy Manager changed my life – being able to visit and work with so many amazing charities across the space of the year was more than I could have ever imagined.”

Jon Douglas, Founder of Givergy, said: “We’re so proud to be sponsoring the Nicest Job in Britain and it’s been fantastic to work with Luke on this incredible project. We’re looking forward to watching the video entries from hopefuls across the world keen for the chance to take over his role – I’m sure there will be lots of inspiring applications.”

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Christmas gift fair returns

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Last year at the Food Fair: The annual Christmas celebrations return this year

NEXT Friday (Oct 20), the annual craft and gifts extravaganza will return to Aberystwyth Arts Centre to get the locals in the mood for Christmas.

The Winter Craft & Gift Fair is sure to get visitors feeling festive in the run up to Christmas with over 80 stalls selling a wonderful array of crafts and gifts, many produced by local makers from Ceredigion and mid Wales.

This year will feature many regular stalls, as well as some who will be selling at the fair for the first time, so prepare to discover the unusual and unexpected at this year’s fair with it’s new layout and products for 2017.

The fair will be open from 10am to 8pm, Monday to Saturday and 12 to 5.30pm on Sundays all the way up until December 23.

On Saturday​,​ ​November ​​25, ​the Arts Centre’s Christmas Food Fair will take over the Great Hall for the day. There will be the very best of Welsh produce with cheese, meats, fish, wine, cider, pastries, puddings, jams and much, much more from many local producers. The Food Fair is the perfect place to stock up on a few gastronomic goodies in the run up to Christmas. There will also be live musical entertainment to get you in the Christmassy mood! The fair will be on 10am-4pm and entry is free!

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‘​I​t’s ok to say’

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FUW raise awareness: Urging people to 'say' on World Mental Health Day​

​ON WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY, farmers across Wales are being reminded that ‘it’s ok to say’ and the Farmers’ Union of Wales is urging them not to hide problems from themselves, their families and friends and to talk about their personal feelings.

The FUW made a commitment at the Royal Welsh Agricultural Show in July to continue raising awareness of mental health problems in rural communities and is therefore renewing the call for those who might be suffering from mental health problems to seek help.

“The focus of this year’s World Mental Health day is on mental health in the workplace and farms are just that. In our places of work we’ve faced some pretty low-points in the last few years. Bovine TB, price volatility and uncertainty about our future post-Brexit, this all puts a strain on our resolve and will have many feeling stressed and under immense pressure,” said Union President Glyn Roberts​.​

“But we must break the stigma attached to mental health, so if you’re feeling vulnerable, please open-up and speak to someone. That doesn’t just mean today, but always. Farmers and farming families need to continue talking openly about what they are experiencing and the FUW strongly encourages anyone who is worried about their own mental health or a loved-one, to seek help from the Farming Community Network, Tir Dewi, The DPJ Foundation, Mind Cymru or Call Helpline Wales,” added Glyn Roberts.

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Scholarship scheme funds student’s Masters

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One of the chosen few: Stella Foster (Pic. Mark Woodward)

A TALYBONT native is one of just 28 people in the UK to be awarded a scholarship granted by energy company ScottishPower.

Stella Foster, 32, gratefully received the grant from the Scottish Power Foundation for the 2017/18 academic year.

Having just completed an undergraduate degree in Chemistry at the University of York, Stella will begin her Masters in Environmental Sciences this week at the University of East Anglia. Environmental science degrees integrate biology, physical science and information sciences to examine environmental systems (air, water, etc.) and how they interact.

The sought-after scholarship covers full enrolment costs as well as a living allowance. On top of this, the scholars will receive unique opportunities including meeting leading industry professionals.

“Travelling around the world and living in China before I started my undergraduate studies made me aware of the astounding change of pace in urbanisation; the two-hour bus ride from where I lived to Shanghai, there wasn’t a moment where you couldn’t see a construction site,” Stella said.

“This fast and dramatic development creates issues with the environment, and I’m really excited to learn about the creative and fascinating solutions out there, and hopefully come up with some of my own,” she added.

Since it was launched in 2010, the ScottishPower Foundation scholarships programme has provided £1.5m in grants towards training the next generation in their chosen field.

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