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Legendary referee asks for your stories

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Nigel Owens: Asking you to ​share your stories

THE WORLD-FAMOUS referee and TV presenter Nigel Owens is calling on people to grab the opportunity to tell their favourite stories to the whole nation in a series of short films for S4C​.​

The short films will be a huge part of a colourful season of programmes entitled Chwedlau (Legends) on S4C during November which will include a magical variety of programmes to coincide with the Welsh Government’s ‘Year of Legends 2017’​.​

Nigel Owens sa​id: “Everyone has an interesting story, something remarkable that has happened in their family or in their community and we want you to share them with us to include them in Chwedloni.

​”​I know of several local stories and legends in our village and the rugby world is full of stories and legends, those that are appropriate to share with the general public of course! This is a very exciting project and I hope you come forward in your droves with your stories to show how imaginative we are as a nation.”

If you have a good story you’d like to share, please get in touch with production company​,​ Orchard​,​ at helo@chwedloni.cymru on e-mail or by telephone, 02920 100 888.

Amanda Rees, Director of Creative Content, S4C is very excited about the project​:​ “Everyone has at least one great story; one favourite tale that they tell their friends over lunch or over a pint in the pub… It could be a story that makes you laugh or makes you cry, something that surprises you, spellbinds you or even scares the daylights out of you! The idea is to celebrate and compile the best of these fireside stories under the Chwedloni banner on S4C.

“In addition to creating a special website where you will be able to see and listen to the 50 best stories online, they will also be shown between peak-hour programmes on S4C throughout November.”

The ‘Chwedloni’ project is a collaboration between Visit Wales, S4C and production company Orchard.

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Staff experience what dementia may feel like

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During Autumn 2019 Ceredigion County Council staff and elected members were given the opportunity to take part in a Virtual Dementia Tour (VDT). By using specialist equipment and creating a simulated environment, the experience gave an insight into what dementia might feel like.

Donna Pritchard, Corporate Lead Officer Porth Ceredigion and Deputy Statutory Director for Social Services said: “This has been a very thought-provoking experience. It’s allowed participants to physically and emotionally feel what it would be like to live with Dementia and to acknowledge the challenges to overcome that sensory loss brings.”

Dementia is a syndrome (a group of related symptoms) associated with an ongoing decline of brain functioning. This may include problems with memory loss, thinking speed, mental sharpness and quickness, language, understanding judgement, mood, movement and difficulties carrying out daily activities.

Donna continued: “The Virtual Dementia Tour identifies ways to improve communication for people living with dementia and ways that care and support staff can change their practice to improve their lives and help them achieve positive outcomes. All our staff at residential homes have been trained to ensure that people with dementia are supported in an inclusive environment.”

Staff yn cael profiad o’r hyn y gall dementia deimlo fel

Yn ystod yr Hydref 2019 rhoddwyd cyfle i staff ac aelodau etholedig Cyngor Sir Ceredigion gymryd rhan mewn ‘Virtual Dementia Tour‘ (VDT). Drwy ddefnyddio offer arbenigol a chreu amgylchedd ffug, roedd y profiad yn rhoi cipolwg ar yr hyn y gallai dementia ei deimlo.

Dywedodd Donna Pritchard, Swyddog Arweiniol Corfforaethol Porth Ceredigion a Dirprwy Gyfarwyddwr Statudol Gwasanaethau Cymdeithasol: “Mae hwn wedi bod yn brofiad sy’n ysgogi’r meddwl. Mae’n caniatáu i gyfranogwyr deimlo sut beth fyddai fyw gyda dementia, yn gorfforol ac yn emosiynol, a chydnabod yr heriau i oresgyn y golled synhwyraidd honno.”

Mae dementia yn syndrom (grŵp o symptomau cysylltiedig) sy’n gysylltiedig â dirywiad parhaus o ran gweithrediad yr ymennydd. Gall hyn gynnwys problemau o ran colli cof, cyflymder meddwl, miniogrwydd meddwl a chyflymdra, iaith, deall dyfarniad, hwyliau, symud ac anawsterau’n cyflawni gweithgareddau dyddiol.

Parhaodd Donna: “Mae’r ‘Virtual Dementia Tour’ yn nodi ffyrdd o wella’r cyfathrebu ar gyfer pobl sy’n byw gyda dementia a ffyrdd y gall staff gofal a chymorth newid eu hymarfer i wella eu bywydau a’u helpu i gyflawni canlyniadau cadarnhaol. Mae pob un o’n staff mewn cartrefi preswyl wedi cael eu hyfforddi i sicrhau bod pobl â dementia yn cael eu cefnogi mewn amgylchedd cynhwysol.”

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Quadruple success for Ceredigion in Estyn Excellence Awards

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FOUR Ceredigion organisations were successful in the Estyn Excellence Awards in October.

Aberporth Bilingual Playgroup and Cylch Meithrin Talgarreg made up half of the nurseries that were recognised for excellence.

Ysgol Dyffryn Cledlyn and Ysgol Mynach were two of 29 primary schools recognised on the night.

Councillor Catrin Miles is the Cabinet member responsible for Learning Services. She said: “We are extremely proud of the recognition by Estyn of the excellence achieved at these schools and settings. I offer my sincere congratulations to all staff, pupils, governors and parents.”

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New Children’s Book based on local fisherman

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CHILDREN’S AUTHOR Natalie L Davies has written a story based on local man, Mickey Beechey, of Llangrannog.

The book is available on Amazon.

Natalie said: “I’ve written a series of children’s books with the central character, the lovely ‘Mickey the Fisherman’. The first book is called ‘Pollution’, and is a bright colourful and fun book with a valuable message.”

The book is available to buy on Amazon in both paperback and kindle, and can be found at: mybook.to/mickeythefisherman.

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