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Young Volunteers receive millennium volunteers recognition

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CEREDIGION YOUNG VOLUNTEERS is a program led by Ceredigion Youth Service, which offers support and opportunities for young people wishing to volunteer and gain experience within Youth Work settings. Two young volunteers have received millennium volunteers recognition.

Thomas Evans and Ashlie Day have recently achieved both their 50 and 100 hour millennium volunteers awards. Both have been active members of Aberaeron Youth Club, and have decided to progress and become young volunteers to support with the planning, delivery and evaluation of various workshops and projects within the Club.

Ashlie Day, Young Volunteer at Aberaeron Youth Club, said: “I love volunteering at Aberaeron Youth Club. It gives me a real sense of empowerment and accomplishment. I began attending the club as a young person and over the last year or so, Tom and I decided to take on some additional responsibilities and become young volunteers. I enjoy planning and delivering my own activities for younger members, including cookery and arts and crafts. Volunteering at my local Youth Club has provided me with opportunities to gain experience, learn new skills and develop my confidence.”

The Ceredigion Young Volunteers program enables young people aged 16-25 to actively participate in leading, planning and supporting topical sessions, workshops and the general running of youth clubs. To date, 11 young people have achieved their 50 hour awards, 6 have achieved their 100 hour awards and 2 have achieved their 200 hour awards with Ceredigion Youth Service.

Ceredigion Youth Service Principal Youth Officer, Gethin Jones said: “It is great to see young people so eager to actively lead and participate in various provision across the County. Thomas and Ashlie are both valued members of the Club and we’re very fortunate that they are prepared to give up their time to support younger members of the Club. Over the years, Thomas and Ashlie have shown commitment, initiative and leadership skills. We look forward to supporting them to reach their 200 hours mark!”

Councillor Catrin Miles, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Learning Services, said: “Volunteering gives so much to the children, the clubs and the community and we appreciate the time and commitment young people such as Thomas ac Ashlie give to help others. Of course, it provides invaluable experience for those who volunteer, by learning and developing a variety of valuable skills in an informal, fun situation.”

Ceredigion Youth Service is the designated Service for young people aged 11-25 in Ceredigion, dedicated to supporting young people’s personal, social and educational development through specialised support and open access provision. Provision includes School Based Youth Work, Outreach Youth Work and Youth Clubs.

For more information or to find out what opportunities are available to you, head over to their Facebook and Twitter pages at @GICeredigionYS or contact the team on youth@ceredigion.gov.uk.

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Former AM charged with child porn offences

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SIMON THOMAS, the former Plaid Cymru AM for Mid & West Wales has been charged with three offences of making indecent images of children.

Mr Thomas, aged 54, was charged with the offences earlier today (Sept 18) at Aberystwyth Police Station.

He has been bailed to appear at Aberystwyth Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, October 3.

At the time of his arrest, Mr Thomas was his Party’s spokesperson on Rural Affairs and Energy policy and had recently taken up a role which would have seen him perform a significant role in Plaid Cymru’s future campaigns.

His arrest in July was a shock both to his political allies and those in other parties in the Assembly.

Following his arrest, Mr Thomas resigned immediately as an Assembly Member and from Plaid Cymru. He was replaced as regional AM by Helen Mary Jones.

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Storm Helene could bring 70mph winds

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WINDS of up to 70mph could batter the county on Monday and Tuesday (Sept 17-18) with a yellow weather warning issued by the Met Office.

Storm Helene is set to arrive on Monday evening at around 6pm and last until Tuesday at around 8am.

Operational Meteorologist for the Met Office Martin Bowles said: “An issue is that trees are in full leaf and so are more likely to be blown over in strong winds than they would be in the middle of winter.

“That could be a problem.

“The storm will head straight up through the Irish Sea and across the North of England on Monday night, bringing some heavy rain and some strong winds.

“We have updated some areas to a yellow warning.”

Motorists are advised to allow extra time for their journeys and take extra care on the roads.

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Police confirm body found following Belgrave House fire

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POLICE have confirmed that remains of a male have been recovered during the search at Belgrave House Hotel, Aberystwyth.

The remains have not yet been identified.

The family of the missing Lithuanian man have been informed of this development.

H.M.Coroner has been updated and a Home Office post mortem has been arranged

The search of the scene continues.

Police are in consultation with the Crown Prosecution Service over this development.

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