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Lifestyle advocates celebrated at awards ceremony

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Lifestyle Advocates: Enables enthusiastic individuals to become skilled advocates for health and well-being

Lifestyle Advocates: Enables enthusiastic individuals to become skilled advocates for health and well-being

A CELEBRATORY event to mark the success of a project aimed at improving population health by promoting health and well-being in primary care settings has been held in Carmarthen.

Hywel Dda University Health Board’s Public Health team marked the success of the ‘Lifestyle Advocates: Promoting Health in Practice’ project with a special ceremony at St Peter’s Civic Hall, Notts Square.

The Lifestyle Advocates project is a development programme, carried out in conjunction between public health and primary care, and aims to enable enthusiastic individuals to become skilled advocates for healthier lives and promote well-being and prevention in their settings.

Over 30 primary care staff have taken part in this new, innovative programme; gaining confidence in how to raise and discuss health promoting life changes and linking with local support groups and services. They have reported changing their own health behaviour as well as supporting patients to live healthier lives.

The Cluster areas that were involved last year were Amman Gwendraeth, North Ceredigion, South Pembrokeshire, North Pembrokeshire and Llanelli.

During the event, the advocates were presented with their certificates to recognise their participation in the programme.

Teresa Owen, Director of Public Health at Hywel Dda University Health Board, congratulated her team on the success of the programme by saying: “If we are to reduce inequalities in our communities, then we must act through Primary Care where so much of our service contact with vulnerable and hard pressed individuals takes place.

“Increasing the programme to include community pharmacy, dental and community services will enhance the integration of support closer to home.”

Ian Scale, Consultant in Public Health, who spoke at the event, said: “Closer working between GP Practices and other primary and community services gives us a new opportunity to promote good health as well as providing services for sickness and disease.

“All members of the Practice teams can play a part in supporting individuals and communities to find ways of living well, engaging with local activities and in voluntary groups and getting the right support to make positive changes to their lifestyle.”

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Cered organises a fun evening for Llandysul Cubs with ‘Britain’s got Talent’ star

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CERED: Menter Iaith Ceredigion hosted a fantastic evening for Llandysul Cubs where the comedian Noel James from ‘Britiain’s got Talent’ came to entertain them.

Rhodri Francis, Cered Development Officer said, “We are very keen to work with organisations like the Cubs in order to hold a series of Welsh language events for their members. The evening with Noel James at Llandysul Cubs was fantastic – everyone enjoyed themselves! We wish to organise more events there in the future. We would like to thank Llandysul Cub leaders for giving us the opportunity to work with them so that their members can have the opportunity to socialise and enjoy activities through the medium of Welsh”.

Alix Bryant,Cub Leader 1st Llandysul Scout Group said, “On behalf of Llandysul Cub Scouts I would like to say a huge thank you to Cered for organising a very entertaining evening for the Cubs. It was great for the children to be entertained bilingually by Noel James, he did an amazing job. I think the children especially enjoyed the impressions!”

“This session has inspired the children to complete their entertainers badge so maybe we will have a few budding Welsh comedians in our group. Thank you again and we look forward to working with Cered in the future”.

For more information about Cered: Menter Iaith Ceredigion events and activities, visit their website, cered.cymru or their Facebook page, @ceredmenteriaith, or get in touch by calling 01545 572 358.

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Time given to develop Parc Natur Penglais

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New steps: At Parc Natur Penglais

VOLUNTEERS, including students, have given around 500 hours of their time to develop Parc Natur Penglais.

Along with support from Ceredigion County Council, the Group have built around 100 steps in 5 different places which has made the park a great place to walk, play and enjoy around a number of safe paths.

Councillor Mark Strong said: “Knowing that we have the support of the local community makes such a difference to peoples’ enthusiasm and having the grant from Aberystwyth Town Council, Cambrian News and Tesco made it possible. Volunteers can make a relatively small sum of money go long way.”

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​RSPCA aim for Christmas number one​

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'Stars' by Lucy Ellie​: Help it get to number one

M​USIC fans across Wales can help the RSPCA secure the Christmas number one slot, and provide vital support for animals in need across the country.

The animal welfare charity has thrown its hat into the ring to claim the festive chart accolade – as up-and-coming singer Lucy Ellie covers Simply Red’s hit song ​’​Stars​’​ in aid of the RSPCA.

‘Stars’ is the soundtrack to the charity’s ‘Kindness at Christmas’ video, which has already gone viral with over ​two million views online across a variety of platforms.

The tear-jerking video tells the story of Woody the Christmas toy pup who who is thrown out with the rubbish before being rescued and taken in for care by the RSPCA.

Proceeds from the single are being donated to the RSPCA to help in their work rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming thousands of animals every year.

RSPCA Cymru is again bracing itself for a busy festive period. In December 2016 and January 2017 alone, in Wales, 5,932 incidents were reported to the RSPCA – with 141 of these on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

Lucy Ellie Cooper, who works at the charity, said: “This was a lovely opportunity for me to combine my two loves – animals and music.

“Outside of my job at the RSPCA I am a country music singer and songwriter, so when the chance came up to record such a fantastic and well-known song for the charity’s Christmas video, I jumped at it. I really hope people will take Woody’s story into their hearts and support the RSPCA this winter.”

You can help the RSPCA rescue, rehabilitate and re-home animals in desperate need of care, and support the charity’s ‘kindness’ campaign online

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