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Plans for new Integrated Care Centre in Aberaeron

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PLANS to turn a former office block in Aberaeron into a brand new Integrated Care Centre with health and social care services have been sent to Welsh Government officials for consideration.

Hywel Dda University Health Board has submitted a Business Justification Case (BJC) to Welsh Government for the refurbishment of Minaeron in order to provide integrated and sustainable services to Aberaeron and the surrounding area.

Aberaeron Hospital requires around £1.4m to be spent on it to make it fit for patient care. A recent appraisal concluded that it is not fit for purpose and not conducive to the provision of modern day health care provision.

Minaeron is a two-storey building originally built in the 1970s, which the Health Board acquired in April 2017 with the support of Welsh Government funding. It offers significant improvements both in terms of physical access and service provision, with the planned inclusion of Tanyfron GP Practice leading to a truly integrated centre leading to significant improvements in patient pathways.

The development of the Aberaeron Integrated Care Centre will house a number of services including:

  • GP Practice
  • Clinical Services and support staff from Aberaeron Hospital;
  • Community Nursing services
  • Third Sector
  • Office staff currently based at Felinfach property;
  • Existing staff currently based at Minaeron –Ceredigion county management team;
  • Public Health staff from Tregaron (subject to consultation);
  • Local Authority Social Services and Porth Gofal Mental Health staff;
  • Additional staff from Bronglais or other HB facilities who were relocated when the Aberaeron Hospital upper floor was vacated.

Peter Skitt, County Director for Ceredigion, said: “We’re pleased to announce that we have submitted the Business Justification Case for the refurbishment of Minaeron to Welsh Government as the next stage of our journey towards developing an Integrated Care Centre for Aberaeron.

“A while ago we identified that the model of community services developed for Ceredigion reinforced the need for services to remain based in Aberaeron. We have explored a number of alternative solutions within the Aberaeron locality, however they have been deemed to be non-viable.

This BJC describes the case for change, the process followed to explore alternative solutions, and outlines plans to implement the preferred option.

“This project will provide opportunities for service development, multidisciplinary  and co-operative working across boundaries of care, to enable  improvements in patient care and assist in addressing future challenges.

“We will be holding a drop-in event in March for the public to come along and see our plans and to get a better idea about how this exciting new project will be of benefit to them when it comes to fruition.”

County Councillor Catherine Hughes, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Social Services, added: “This is a great example of how we can work together with our partners to ensure better outcomes for the residents of Aberaeron, and Ceredigion as a whole.”

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Ceredigion Youth Service Awards Night Success

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Ysgol Henry Richard pupils receiving certificates.

ON Tuesday, 9 April, over 220 young people and their families, from across Ceredigion joined Ceredigion Youth Service to celebrate their annual Awards Night. The evening was an opportunity to celebrate and recognise the achievements and successes of all young people who have engaged with Ceredigion Youth Service during the past year.

Young people attended from each Secondary School in Ceredigion, Coleg Ceredigion, Ceredigion Training, young people working with the outreach service, and all the young people who attend youth clubs, youth projects and holiday provisions. There has been a wide variety of projects, activities and events held again this year, with up to 5,000 young people in attendance. These have been successful due to the commitment and enthusiasm shown by the young people from all over Ceredigion.

The special awards presented during the evening included awards for Young Volunteer of the Year, Outstanding Contribution awards, Campaign of the Year, Special Achievements and Community Engagement awards. In addition to the special award categories, numerous local certificates were celebrated and distributed to young people achieving national accreditations or to those who have participated in various clubs and projects.

Beca Fflur Williams, Chair of Ceredigion Youth Council leading the evening.

Catrin Miles, Cabinet member for Learning Services opened the evening. The evening was then hosted by Beca Fflur Williams, Chair of Ceredigion Youth Council. Guest speakers included Ashlie Day, Chloe Toose and Thomas Evans, Ceredigion Youth Service Young Volunteers. The awards were presented by Ellen ap Gwynn, Leader of Ceredigion County Council, Eifion Evans, Chief Executive of Ceredigion County Council and Hag Harris, Chairman of Ceredigion County Council. Clips were shown on the screen including a message from MP Ben Lake. The night was closed by Chelsea Jones and Louise Bryan, members of Penparcau Youth Club.

Elen James, Corporate Lead Officer for Lifelong Learning and Culture said, “Both Ceredigion Youth Service and the Council are extremely proud that over 400 young people have achieved awards through the Youth Service during the past year. Youth Service provision is hugely valuable to young people’s development as they transition into adulthood. Our youth clubs, outreach provision, work within schools and holiday programs offer a variety of opportunities for young people to be a part of something that supports and interests them.”

“The number of young people achieving awards, accreditation and certificates this year is a reflection of our young people’s commitment and enthusiasm across the county and it was a pleasure to welcome so many young people and their families to celebrate with us in Theatr Felinfach. Congratulations to you all!”

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

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Students help to replace bridges at Parc y Llyn

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Replacement bridge at Parc y Llyn, with some of the students from the Countryside Management Course, Aberystwyth University,

STUDENTS of the Countryside Management Course at Aberystwyth University have been constructing two new bridges to replace the old structures at a popular riverside walk in Aberystwyth, near Morrisons.

Timber for the bridges, some of which was grown and milled on the University Farm, was made into kit form at the college workshop before being assembled on site to span two culverts alongside the river Rheidol.

Students gained experience in the whole bridge building process, from site assessment to the finished project, through the Practical Estates Skills Project. Also included in the project was, the construction of a kissing gate at Penglais woods using timber clefted from a chestnut tree at the Local Nature Reserve, and repair of some of the steps there.

This is the last year in which the Practical Estate Skills Project will be undertaken. This brings to an end a 20-year long partnership between the University and the County Council’s Coast & Countryside Section. Over the years, students have been given the opportunity to contribute to improving the footpaths, bridleways and public access in the various communities over that time.

Public Rights of Way Officer, Eifion Jones said, “Ceredigion County Council is very grateful for the work done and wishes to thank the students and course tutors for their contribution to the maintenance of the reserves.The two new foot bridges is a credit to them all, and will serve the community of Aberystwyth and the surrounding area for many years to come.”

Funding for the materials were financed by the Coast & Countryside section via the Welsh Assembly Environment and Sustainable Development Grant (ESD) and by Aberystwyth University. All work regarding the gate was financed by Aberystwyth University, including the felling of a sweet chestnut tree by a Tree Surgeon.

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Newcastle Emlyn: Luke Cuber-Hives burgled and set fire to Adpar heath shop

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A CARMARTHEN man has been jailed for the burglary and arson of the Riverside Health Shop in Adpar, Ceredigion last year.

Luke Cuber-Hives now of of Ty Croeso, Adpar, Newcastle Emlyn has been handed 54 months in custody.

Police have said: “An extensive enquiry received the support of the local community, who identified his involvement in further theft and fraud offences. Cuber-Hives appeared before
Swansea Crown Court yesterday, where he received a jail term totalling 54 months.”

Detective Inspector Richard Yelland, senior investigating officer into the enquiry, told The Ceredigion Herald: “This sentence sends a strong message that arson is a serious and dangerous act.

“Ceredigion has seen first-hand the devastating impact these mindless acts can have on victims, and the fear it spreads in the community. We saw in Aberystwyth that fire can quickly take hold and lives can be lost.

“In this case it appears, the fact that nobody was hurt was due to luck, rather than the judgement of Mr Cuber-Hives.

“I hope that anyone considering such behaviour will think twice before committing such offences with a long prison sentence waiting for those who get caught.”
The incident took place in the early hours of November 27, 2018

The 28-year-old was charged with stealing five charity collection boxes to a value unknown from Riverside Health Shop between November 26-27; committing fraud at Newcastle Emlyn by claiming he was collecting money for charity on November 26 and also stealing a set of ladders and marble worktop worth £350 from Riverside Café between November 19-20

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