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‘Bronze’ Quality Mark for Youth Work in Wales

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Lowri Evans, Gwenllian Evans, Gethin Jones, Gavin Witte, Rebecca Champ, Nia Jones, Rhun Garner, Iwan Evans, Guto Crompton.

CEREDIGION YOUTH SERVICE has been awarded the prestigious Bronze Quality Mark for Youth Work in Wales.

The Welsh Government launched the Quality Mark for Youth Work in Wales in October 2015 to provide a robust, independent, external assessment of the quality and performance of organisations that deliver youth work in Wales. The final report identified that Ceredigion Youth Service offered high quality youth work covering 16 core areas, including performance management, quality of youth work practice, young people’s learning and legal requirements.

The report identified that Ceredigion Youth Service is a central and key partner to the delivery of Council services for young people. They felt that the workforce understands their role and have very good knowledge of the needs of the young people in the communities. A key strength identified in the report was that the Youth Workers are very effective at building relationships with young people which are based on trust and they are there to support and promote the young people’s learning and development. Young people develop their confidence and social skills through a good range of opportunities taking place in school based work, outreach provision and in youth clubs.

The Team of assessors also reported that Ceredigion Youth Service demonstrates a strong emphasis on partnership working with voluntary and statutory services to extend provision for young people and ensure national and local priorities can be delivered through both targeted and open access working. Regular information sharing and joint planning with other statutory agencies is ensuring young people are well supported to access specialist support and that Ceredigion Youth Service can provide good support when the young people ‘step down’ from working with specialist agencies.

Lowri Evans, Ceredigion County Council’s Youth Service Co-ordinator, said: “To have been awarded with the Bronze Quality Mark for Youth Work in Wales is a tremendous achievement for the Service.

“It’s a great mark of recognition for the commitment and hard work of the team, in supporting young people’s personal, social and educational development, encouraging all young people to reach their full potential. This Award confirms that Ceredigion Youth Service continues to deliver an outstanding quality provision to over 5,000 of the County’s young people every year.”

The Award were presented to the Ceredigion Youth Service at The National Youth Excellence Awards in Cardiff on 23 June.

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Free parking in Ceredigion

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Car parking will be free in all Ceredigion County Council operated Pay and Display car parks on the three Saturdays before Christmas this year.

Parking charges at council operated Pay and Display car parks will be waived on December 7, 14 and 21 2019.

Rhodri Llwyd is Ceredigion County Council’s Corporate Lead Officer responsible for Highways and Environmental Services. He said. “Small businesses will be competing against online businesses for trade this Christmas. We want to do what we can to support Ceredigion businesses at this important time of year. We hope this step encourages more of us to shop locally this Christmas and enjoy what fantastic Ceredigion businesses have to offer.”

This decision contributes towards one of the council’s corporate priorities of boosting the economy.

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Ysgol Bro Pedr raise funds for life saving machine

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PUPILS at Ysgol Bro Pedr have raised enough money to buy a defibrillator machine for the school.

The idea came after 15 Year 11 pupils achieved their Level 3 Emergency First Aid Qualification with Ceredigion Youth Service. Pupils felt that it was incredibly important that they and others at the school had the skills, knowledge and equipment to use in an emergency.

Mrs Caryl Jones and pupils raised an outstanding £1,150 through organising a bake sale at the school on 28 March 2019. The school extends their thanks to Lampeter businesses ‘Oh My Cod’ and ‘Y Becws’ for their kind contribution towards the sale.

Guto Crompton, School Based Youth Worker said: “Although first aid is not a mandatory part of the school curriculum in Wales, young people at Ysgol Bro Pedr felt that it should be something that all pupils knew about. This would help them to know what to do in an emergency, whether that be in the school or out in the community. Pupils worked hard to achieve their First Aid qualification which covered aspect such as CPR, casualty management and the use of a defibrillator.”

The defibrillator machine will be placed in the school reception.

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It’s not too late: Ceredigion residents still have time to register to vote

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“CEREDIGION residents still have time to register to vote in the General Election on 12 December,” said the council’s Chief Executive and Acting Returning Officer, Eifion Evans.

Residents still have time to register to vote and to arrange postal or proxy votes if they want to do so. The deadline to register to vote is midnight on November 26. The deadline to register for a postal vote is 5pm on November 26 and the deadline to register for a proxy vote is 5pm on December 4.

Mr Evans continued, “Some residents may want to register for postal vote or a proxy vote. This could help people avoid possible wintry conditions of a December election, or young people who have moved out of county to study but still want to vote in Ceredigion.”

Residents can register to vote by using this link: https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote or by calling the council’s Electoral Services Team on 01545 570 881.

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