MEMBERS of an Aberystwyth Parish gathered together over the weekend for a social event while having a huge selection of delicious dishes to dine with.
‘The Taste of the Parish’ event, held at St. Padarn’s Catholic Primary school last Saturday (Sept 16), brought many parishioners of the Catholic parish of Aberystwyth together for an evening of laughter and an opportunity to get know one another over tasty home-cooked food.
Parishioners were invited to attend the delightful event with their favourite home-cooked cuisine, with those willing to participate having the chance to win a special prize for the ‘Best Dish’.
The wide selection of homemade local and international dishes included pizza, sandwiches, chicken curry, cheesecake, and sweet treats to satisfy everyone.
Kevin McMulkin, one of the organisers and a member of the parish, told The Herald: “Gina Callanan and I had the idea of hosting a ‘bring and share’ style event in St Padarns School Hall with the aim of bringing people together and strengthening our parish community.
“We thought it would be something fun and a good chance for people to reunite with each other since so many of our congregation have been away on holiday during the summer months.
“We also thought it would be a good opportunity to get to know more people within our congregation.
“I think there is a tendency in the parish and indeed in all walks of life for people to stay in their own friendship groups and not meet new people unless an opportunity arises. So we thought why don’t we create that opportunity?”
He added: “We also decided we wanted to go further, instead of it being just a ‘bring and share’ event it could be an opportunity for parishioners to bring and share their favourite dishes and it might give them a chance to share recipes, ideas and hopefully to create friendships and strengthen others.
“We are extremely lucky to have such an ethnically diverse parish in Aberystwyth, one that reflects the diverse nature of the Catholic Church throughout the world. We thought we could tap into this too and have a wide range of local and international dishes for people to sink their teeth into!
“So we advertised in the parish newsletter and by word of mouth, although I have to be honest I didn’t think anyone would be there.
“Events such as these are difficult to gauge, will people want to come? Will they have other plans and not be able to attend? You really have to hope for the best. From the way the event went all our preparation seemed to have pulled off.
“A good number of people attended, around forty (which is great for the time of day and considering how changeable the weather has been lately) and we were blessed with a wide range of dishes with delicious cheesecake, quiche-lorraine, homemade pizza and various other nibbles.
“We also had a homemade curry dish from one of our Indian parishioners that really hit the spot and some other dishes that will feature in an upcoming parish cookbook. At the same time as we were feasting some people decided to add to the atmosphere by playing traditional Irish music; it became as much the organisers event as those that attended, which is really what you want!”
Kevin concluded by telling The Herald: “Originally we had planned for the event to be a contest where parishioners could battle it out to see who had the best dish; but after things got going we felt that this wasn’t needed and that people were already having fun sharing food and enjoying each others company.
“I have to say the evening went really well and was genuinely enjoyable. I felt we made good use of the opportunity to combine our parishes’ varied culture and varied food, to create something memorable.
“We are even hoping to hold it more regularly, perhaps even bi-monthly if parishioners are interested and invite not only those within the congregation but people from the local area”.
Directory of services launched by Ceredigion’s Carers Unit as part of Carers Rights Day
WHETHER you are a new carer or have been caring for someone for a while, it’s important that you understand your rights and you’re able to access the support that is available to you as soon as you need it. Wherever you are in your caring journey.
It is more important than ever that Carers look after their own health and wellbeing as well as the people they care for. This year for Carers Rights Day, Ceredigion Carers Unit and our partners wanted to ensure Carers have the information and the knowledge that they need at their fingertips, so they can feel confident asking for what they need.
Ceredigion Carers Unit and partners have brought together a Bumper Edition of the Winter Carers Magazine. It’s a ‘Carers Rights Day Directory of services’ bursting with useful information and advice on your rights, including, where to get help and support in West Wales.
There is also a free Carers programme of talks & short training sessions online (also with access by telephone). This programme runs right through until end of March 2021.
Being a carer can take its toll on your wellbeing. Following a recent Carers UK survey, 78% of Carers in Wales said that they have been unable to take any, or a sufficient, breaks from their caring role since the outbreak of COVID-19. As a result of this, surveyed Carers also reported that their health and wellbeing had been affected, with 66% reporting that their mental health had worsened due to the pandemic.
Councillor Catherine Hughes, Carers Champion for Ceredigion County Council, said: “The magazine and the programme of talks & short courses appeals to a huge variety of unpaid Carers. There is something in there for parent Carers, dementia Carers, young Carers, those caring for someone affected by mental health or substance misuse issues and everything in between. And relevant to those caring for people of all ages. If you know of anyone with caring responsibilities who would benefit from this magazine or the free advice sessions, please pass it on.”
Catherine Moyle, Carers Support and Development Officer, Ceredigion County Council, Carers Unit said: “A warm welcome is extended to all unpaid Carers in the county and those that you care for. These are challenging times. Reaching out for support when you need it is a form of self-care and it boosts your resilience. It takes a strong person to carry on caring – it takes a stronger, more resilient person to reach out to others.”
The programme of online sessions and the magazine are available on Ceredigion County Council’s website here: http://www.ceredigion.gov.uk/resident/social-care-wellbeing/support-for-carers/carers-rights-day-2020/ and on their Facebook pages @CeredigionCC under events.
If you would prefer to request a printed copy of the magazine or would like any further information, please get in touch with the Ceredigion Carers Unit on 01970 633564 or e-mail email@example.com.
Development of Ceredigion’s first Wellbeing Hub approved
THE PROPOSAL to develop a Wellbeing Centre in Lampeter was approved at a Cabinet meeting on 01 December 2020.
As part of its commitment to form an Adult Wellbeing Program, Ceredigion County Council intends to establish Wellbeing Hubs in North, Mid and South Ceredigion as well as pop-up provision in other locations in the County. Each Wellbeing Hub (area) will host a ‘Wellbeing Centre’ – a facility that enhances its core offer of Leisure provision with areas for meeting, consultation and treatment to contribute to improving the physical, mental and social well-being of the County’s residents.
Councillor Catherine Hughes said, “It is clear that residents’ support needs are changing and the Wellbeing Centre should be able to offer assistance and provide services to ensure that they respond to need and offer support to a wide range of support for people of all ages. It’s great to see this positive first step for the residents of mid Ceredigion.”
The Wellbeing Centre development concept will be presented to the Corporate Project Management Board and Development Group to ensure that it follows the agreed protocols for a project of this status. Ceredigion County Council intends to develop further Wellbeing Centres in the North and South of the County. The learning through the creation of the first Centre in Lampeter will influence the other Centres and implement the program in the future.
The Wellbeing Hub in Lampeter is being developed with the help of a grant from the Welsh Government.
In approving the application, this allows the Welfare Services to progress the project work on the development of the Wellbeing Centre in Lampeter.
Lampeter to have its say on £10,000 funding for community groups
Community groups in Lampeter will soon have the chance to apply for funds from a pot of £10,000
committed by Dyfed-Powys Police Police and Crime Commissioner Dafydd Llywelyn.
The commissioner has called on groups to take advantage of funding for projects that aim to
improve safety in the area.
Mr Llywelyn has committed £140,000 for Neighbourhood Policing Teams to spend within the
communities they serve. Each team will receive £10,000, with communities themselves voting on
how the money is allocated.
Lampeter is next on the list of events – and the NPT is calling on partner organisations and people
who live or work in the town to join forces and form a community planning group to make key
Mr Llywelyn said: “I have committed to fund this new and innovative approach to community
funding as I think it’s vital that local residents have a say in how money is spent in their local area.
“They are best placed to work with the police, and indeed other partner agencies, to identify where
the money is needed and what would most benefit the local communities.
“Communities should be influencing the decisions.
“I urge the various community groups in Lampeter to consider the funding that I have made
available, and to contact the Lampeter NPT to discuss ideas, so the whole community can work
together to improve community safety.”
The planning group will attend several meetings – either socially distanced or online – over the next
few months to agree on key decisions and planning. Details will then be released on how groups can
apply for the funding, and an event will take place, giving people a chance to vote on which projects
Superintendent Ifan Charles, force lead on participatory budgeting, said: “Participatory budgeting is
a way of giving communities a greater say in how their community evolves.
“Problem solving to find long term solutions to solve the issues that cause communities the greatest
harm, is at the core of our new neighbourhood policing model.
“Through informed community engagement and problem solving, the new neighbourhood structure
should reduce the long-term harm for our communities and with that, demand on our response
officers, but this will only work if our communities and partners are equally engaged.
“Participatory budgeting has worked really well elsewhere and I’m really excited to lead the
introduction of this innovative approach here.”
If you live, work or play in Lampeter and would like to be involved, or if you have any questions,
please register an interest at LampeterPB@dyfed-powys.pnn.police.uk
Follow the NPT on Twitter at @LampeterPolice for further updates. #LampeterPB
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