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Beat flu: Clean graffiti emerges as part of the campaign

Beat flu: Clean graffiti emerges as part of the campaign

ABERYSTWYTH residents are invited to keep their eyes peeled over the coming weeks as pavements become awash with ‘clean graffiti’ supporting the Wales-wide Beat Flu campaign.

The eye-catching messaging is part of the annual Beat Flu campaign, which aims to encourage eligible people to get their free flu vaccine in order to ‘Beat Flu’ this winter.

Adults aged 65 and over, people with long term health conditions and pregnant women are eligible for a free flu vaccine against this potentially dangerous disease.

Carers, volunteers providing planned emergency first aid and Community First Responders are also entitled to the vaccine, which is delivered to adults as a small injection in the arm, and eligible children get a needle-free nasal spray vaccine. Frontline health and social care workers should have the vaccine as part of their occupational health care, to protect themselves and those they care for.

Dr Richard Roberts, Head of the Vaccine Preventable Disease Programme in Public Health Wales, said: “We want to spread the message as far as possible that there is free protection available for those in risk groups. Flu can be really serious but getting vaccinated offers good protection, so make sure you don’t miss out. Get protected against flu this winter.”

The influenza vaccine programme for children has been extended this year and those between the ages of two and seven are all eligible. The vaccine for children from two years of age is a simple nasal spray, with children aged two and three receiving it at their GP practice, while those in reception class and school years one, two and three will receive the nasal spray at school.

Director of Public Health for Hywel Dda University Health Board, Teresa Owen, is encouraging all those who are eligible to have the flu jab: “We’re actively supporting the Beat Flu campaign to protect our local communities across Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire.

“It is very important to have the vaccine, so if you are aged 65 years or older, you are pregnant, or you have a health condition that puts you at risk of influenza complications such as diabetes, heart disease or chronic respiratory disease, please take up this offer of a free vaccination.”

Getting an annual flu vaccine is the best way to protect yourself against catching or spreading influenza, and it is hoped the ‘graffiti’ will encourage those who don’t know about the vaccine to find out more, and get protected.

Clean graffiti – in fact not ‘graffiti’ at all – is created using high pressure water washers and a stencil to ‘clean’ a message onto pavements by washing away the natural dirt that accumulates there. The messages fade away after a few weeks.

Anyone who spots the Beat Flu ‘graffiti’ around the town can join in the movement to beat flu by sharing a picture online by tweeting @beatflu #beatflu or @curwchffliw #curwchffliw, or sharing it on the Beat Flu or Curwch Ffliw Facebook page.

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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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