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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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New Quay RNLI crew members pass out as ILB helms

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NEW QUAY RNLI crew members Huw Williams and Dylan Price recently passed out as inshore lifeboat helms.

They were put through their paces by an RNLI Assessor on Monday (Aug 13) with a written exam ashore and a practical assessment afloat on the D class inshore lifeboat.

Roger Couch, Lifeboat Operation Manager of New Quay RNLI said: “As well as responding to emergencies our volunteer crew members spend a lot of time training in order to maintain their knowledge and skills.

“Both crew members have worked very hard over the past 12 months to complete all the training units needed and have now passed the final stage.

“Our lifeboats are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, all year round and having seven qualified helms for our inshore lifeboat provides us with additional flexibility.”

Huw Williams added:“Dylan and I would like to thank all the crew here at New Quay lifeboat station for their help over the last 12 months. We could not have done it without their support.”

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Schools succeed in A-Level results

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A-LEVEL examination results published yesterday(16 August) by the WJEC indicate that high standards are being achieved in Ceredigion schools.

Councillor Catrin Miles, Cabinet member with responsibility for Learning Services said: “Our sincere congratulations are extended to Ceredigion sixth form students who, once again have excelled in their A Levels. Thank you to all school staff, Governors and parents who have supported our young people to fulfil their potential.

“Their successes are a testament to our pupils’ efforts and hard work, in addition to the quality of education provided by teachers in Ceredigion. We are proud of the well-deserved achievements of our young people and wish them well in the future.”

Nearly 27% of Ceredigion entries achieved A* – A grades and 77% of entries achieved A*- C grades. A pass rate of 98% was achieved by Ceredigion students.

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Grade A* – A 26.8% 26.3%
Grade A* – B 56.7% n/a
Grade A* – C 77.1% n/a
Grade A* – E 97.8% 97.4%

Compared with last year, 6% more of Ceredigion entries achieved A*-A grades. The number of entries that have achieved A*-A, and A*-E in Ceredigion is higher than the Welsh average.

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Man assaulted nurses while being restrained

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A PRE-SENTENCE report will be prepared on a Ceredigion man who assaulted two nurses and destroyed an extractor fan.

Lewis Hill, aged 24, of Brynhoffnant, appeared before Haverfordwest Magistrates Court on Tuesday (Aug 14) to plead guilty to the three charges.

Prosecuting, Mr Vaughan Pritchard-Jones told the Court: “At 11pm in the evening on January 30, the defendant was on the roof of Bronglais Hospital threatening to jump off. Police and medical personnel attended and were able to talk him down.

“He was taken to the Cwm Seren ward in St Davids Park, Carmarthen, where they arrived at 1:03am the following morning. During the course of being assessed he became aggressive and had to be restrained by staff. He kicked out at the first nurse and was then put on the floor.

“Whilst on the floor he was throwing his head back and forth and the staff nurse, who was concerned for him, tried to hold his head but he continued to throw his head and because of the force he was using he trapped her finger onto the floor.

“The charge did originally read as common assault but the nurse went to get her finger x-rayed which revealed the fracture.

“After that incident he got free and he started damaging an extractor fan which he completely destroyed.
“I am not sure why the case has taken so long to come here but at the time of the offence he was on a suspended prison sentence, the period for which has now elapsed.”

Defending, Mrs Katie Hanson added: “He is extremely sorry for his actions on that night. He was on the roof of Bronglais Hospital trying to commit suicide. There are serious mental health issues but he accepts he was struggling on the floor but he did not intentionally hurt anyone and he apologises for his actions.”

Magistrates ordered that a pre-sentence report be prepared and Hill was released on unconditional bail and must return to court on Wednesday, August 29 for sentencing.

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