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Syrian family to be welcomed to safety in Cardigan

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CROSEO TEIFI, a refugee charity, is preparing to welcome a family from Syria to safety in Cardigan.

The preparatory work has taken a year of intense effort, the volunteers have said. Now, with all the permissions in place, the money raised, and a home waiting, the family will be with them within weeks.

Croeso Teifi is one of a number of towns in Wales who are trail blazing a new way to take care of refugee families: ‘Community Sponsorship’.

The requirements are demanding: large sums must be raised; a charity formed; translators, teachers and houses found – all by volunteers working together as a team.

A translator, himself a refugee, was invited to stay in Cardigan. He has settled in ahead of the family’s arrival, attending Coleg Ceredigion and working as a volunteer translator in the neighbouring town of Narberth who are already hosting an extended family.

Welsh towns are leading the UK in the work of Community Sponsorship. In recognition of their pioneering work they have received a national prize from Citizens UK. Croeso Teifi’s project director, Vicky Moller, received the UK prize on behalf of the Croeso teams in Wales at a ceremony in London this month.

Two hundred representatives of schools, synagogues, churches, mosques and non-religious civic institutions attended the award ceremony. The government of Canada also received a prize, as well as Teresa May (who was not there in person) received a third prize as she introduced Community Sponsorship to the UK.

Children of the first Community Sponsored refugee family handed out the awards. Vicky listed the Croeso towns throughout Wales who are queuing up to receive families under the scheme.

She said: “These are not the richest towns in the UK, often the opposite, but they are among the most generous. Speaking personally this prize belongs to the refugees who provide my inspiration and motivation in terrible circumstances. They are hanging onto hope by a thread while providing advice, translation and warm appreciation of our work in Wales.”

Croeso Teifi is now seeking accommodation for a second family. They recognise the shortage of rental homes for local people and so they hope to find a second house, which like the first, was not previously on the rental market.

Everyone who has supported the project or who would be interested in doing so, is invited to a Christmas celebratory event on December 16 Cardigan. Contact info@croesoteifi.org or 07791 809810 for more information.

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New Quay RNLI lifeboat crew trains with lifeguards

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NEW QUAY lifeboat station hosted a special training evening with the lifeboat crew and Ceredigion’s RNLI lifeguards last week.

Pete Yates, one of New Quay RNLI’s inshore lifeboat helms, worked closely with Ceredigion lifeguard supervisor, Tirion Dowsett, to plan scenarios for the teams to practice working together in casualty care situations.

A large scale scenario included four casualties to be dealt with by the inshore lifeboat crew and two lifeguard teams on a nearby beach, whilst a third lifeguard team and lifeboat crew members dealt with a separate scenario at the lifeboat station.

Pete said: “It was a great evening of training. We had 9 lifeguards and 13 lifeboat crew in attendance.

“The main scenario included casualties suffering from hypothermia and propeller injuries. A second scenario involved a mechanic suffering head injuries in the forepeak of the all-weather lifeboat and requiring extraction on a stretcher.

“On completion of these scenarios we all gathered back at the station where one of our senior crew members sprung a great act at being a diabetic having a hypo, and being suitably angry and aggressive.”

Roger Couch, New Quay RNLI’s Lifeboat Operations Manager, added: “It was great for our lifeboat crew members to work with the lifeguards as it builds a deeper understanding of each other’s roles and encourages teamwork between us. This is of great benefit when dealing with real life casualty care situations.”

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Coastguard rescues dog stuck on cliffs

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LAST TUESDAY (Aug 27), New Quay RNLI’s inshore D-class lifeboat, Audrey LJ, was tasked by Milford Haven Coastguard to assist the Coastguard with a dog stuck on the cliffs near New Quay.

The volunteer crew launched the inshore lifeboat at 1.50pm with four crew members on board and made their way south down the coast.

Brett Stones, New Quay RNLI’s helm said: “We located the dog on the cliffs by Castell Bach, near Cwmtydu. We stood by while the Coastguard team caught the animal. The dog was unharmed and safe with the Coastguard so we were stood down.

“However, while returning to station we were then tasked to a small vessel with engine failure. We towed the stricken boat with three people on board back to New Quay. We rehoused the inshore lifeboat and it was ready for service by 2.40pm.”

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New maintenance Lorries cut carbon emissions

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The Ground Maintenance Team has purchased three new lorries to support ground maintenance services in Ceredigion.

The new lorries will move Ceredigion County Council’s Ground Maintenance Service’s equipment to and from the grounds that they look after. The lorries will also take cut grass away for composting. This provides the most efficient way of maintaining the areas that the team is responsible for.

Councillor Dafydd Edwards is the Cabinet member responsible for Highways and Environmental Services together with Housing. He said: “The new vehicles replace ones which had provided excellent service for almost 20 years. They are fitted with Euro 6 engines which are considerably more efficient and better for the environment.”

The Grounds Maintenance Team is also incrementally introducing electric-powered mowers, blowers, hedge cutters and strimmers into its fleet. This equipment is better for the environment, is easier to use and causes less noise and vibration.

The new lorries support Ceredigion County Council’s commitment to be a net-zero carbon council by 2030.

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