NEW QUAY RNLI has met more than 200 children in the past month to promote sea safety advice.
With the summer school holidays commencing and thousands of families flocking to the shores to enjoy the summer sun and water sports, New Quay RNLI Lifeboat Station has been spreading the sea safety message.
In just one month New Quay RNLI has shown over 200 children from six schools and two Scout and Girl Guide groups around the lifeboat station and informed them of the RNLI’s essential safety advice. Not only have schools from Ceredigion been visiting but schools from Carmarthenshire and further afield have also been to see New Quay’s all-weather lifeboat.
Gareth Rhys Jones, Head teacher of Ysgol Llanllwni in Carmarthenshire said: “The children and staff of Ysgol Llanllwni had a fantastic day at New Quay whilst visiting the RNLI boathouse. The children had the opportunity to talk to the RNLI staff regarding offshore and onshore safety and also had an opportunity to see the all-weather lifeboat and the smaller inshore lifeboat.
“The visit was extremely beneficial to the school and it has inspired the pupils to create art and written work based on the theme of the seaside. I would like to thank the staff of the RNLI for their time and for their enthusiasm during the visit. We look forward to visiting again in the future.”
To round off the busy summer school term New Quay RNLI attended Ysgol Ceinewydd’s Emergency Services’ morning at New Quay Fire Station. They joined the Coastguard, Fire Service, Dyfed Powys Police, Wales Air Ambulance and the RNLI Lifeguards.
Pete Yates, New Quay RNLI Inshore Lifeboat Helm and parent of two New Quay School pupils said: “It was a good opportunity for the children to see the lifeboat, learn about sea safety, and see how the different emergency services work together. Hopefully some will join the crew in future.”
Watersports and coastal activities are at their height during the summer months and New Quay’s RNLI team have been echoing the RNLI’s ‘Float to Live’ campaign, urging anyone who finds themselves in trouble in cold water to stay calm and float.
Roger Couch, New Quay RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager said: “Over half of the people who lost their lives on the coast of Wales last year had not intended to go into the water. This year the charity is calling on the public to practice the ‘float’ survival skill – a simple skill that could mean the difference between life and death – and to share this lifesaving knowledge with others.
“If you get into trouble in cold water, the RNLI’s advice is to float on your back for a short time to regain control of your breathing. And if you see someone else in danger in the water at the coast, fight your instinct to go in and try to rescue them yourself, instead call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard.
“Every year New Quay RNLI engages with hundreds of school children, families and local groups to promote sea safety and demonstrate the lifesaving capabilities of the all-weather and inshore lifeboats we have stationed here in New Quay.
“We also carry out regular exercises with all the rowing clubs in Ceredigion and also coming up we have a joint exercise with the local RNLI lifeguards.”
New Quay RNLI Lifeboat Station will be open to the public every day over the summer holidays and there will be regular exercise launches to watch.
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RNLI in Wales urges people to stay safe as Storm Brendan hits
The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) is urging people to stay safe near the Welsh coast as severe weather could make our seas and coastlines particularly dangerous.
Lifesaving charity, the RNLI, is encouraging people to exercise extreme caution if visiting the shoreline, especially along exposed cliffs, seafronts and piers.
The expected strong winds and severe gales pose a severe safety risk to those visiting the coast.
Named Storm Brendan by Met Eireann, it swept eastwards across Ireland before making its way through the rest of the UK this morning with yellow wind warning in place for most of the Welsh coast.
Chris Cousens, RNLI Regional Water Safety Lead for Wales said:
‘This rough weather could make visiting parts of the Welsh coastline treacherous and bring very dangerous sea conditions.
‘Sadly, around 150 people lose their lives on British and Irish coasts each year and over half of these people didn’t plan on ever entering the water. Slips, trips and falls can be a major factor in these kinds of incidents.’
If you see someone else in danger in the water, call 999 and ask for the Coastguard. If you have something that floats that they can hold on to, throw it to them. Don’t go in the water yourself – too many people drown trying to save others.
The charity, which provides a search and rescue service around the UK and Ireland, is facing its own Perfect Storm as demand for its services has increased but it is facing a shortfall in funds. This past year, the RNLI has been busier than ever, and stormy conditions can mean additional call outs for the already extremely busy volunteer crews. Whatever the weather, RNLI volunteers will still be on call to rescue those at difficulty at sea.
The RNLI’s major new fundraising appeal, The Perfect Storm, which aims to help the charity get back to living within its means, is running throughout November and December. To find out more or to donate visit RNLI.org/ThePerfect Storm.
Are you missing out on a Council Tax reduction?
IF YOU’RE struggling to pay your Council Tax bill, then help could be available for you through the Welsh Government’s flagship Council Tax Reduction Scheme (CTRS).
The scheme, which will continue to support vulnerable households in 2020-21, currently benefits one in five of all households in Wales. In the last year almost 280,000 low-income households have received help from the scheme, with 220,000 paying no council tax at all. Many more receive other discounts or exemptions.
You may be entitled to pay less council tax if:
• you believe you live on a low income
• you live alone, or with people/children who do not pay council tax
• you are a student
• you are disabled
• you are severely mentally impaired
Understanding why there are still vulnerable households not benefitting from the help they are entitled to is a priority for the Welsh Government. Last year we commissioned research to understand the circumstances of households in Wales and the effects of the UK Government’s Universal Credit on the CTRS.
The interim report out today shows that for many households, the move to Universal Credit can have a significant impact on council tax reduction awards. Whilst many households currently receiving a 100% reduction will continue to do so, for others, the move to Universal Credit is shown to have an adverse impact, particularly for employed households, self-employed households, and working households in receipt of a Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payment.
Full findings of the interim report are available on the Welsh Government website. These findings will now be considered in more detail to inform the next stages of the research and policy development in this area.
Encouraging people to make sure they are not missing out on help they could be entitled to, Finance Minister Rebecca Evans said:
“Ensuring every household in Wales receives the council tax support they are entitled to is an important part of our commitment to making council tax fairer.
“Our scheme is already helping hundreds of thousands of households across Wales, but we know that there are still many missing out on the discounts, reductions and exemptions they are entitled to. I encourage everyone to check the Welsh Government website to find out if they could be paying less.”
Success for Dyfed-Powys Police in targeting drugs suppliers in Ceredigion
A drugs supplier in the Ceredigion area has been sentenced to 2 years and 2 months in prison.
Kylie Mason, 34, from Aberaeron, was arrested on the 28th October 2019, and later charged with 2 offences of possession with intent to supply a controlled drug and two offences of supply a controlled drug of Class A. She pleaded guilty at court and received a total sentence of two years and two months in prison on the 8th January.
Detective Sergeant Steven Jones said: “This is an excellent result for the Aberaeron community, who had raised concerns about this individual supplying drugs in the area. I hope this will serve as a warning to others who wish to bring drugs into the Ceredigion area that it will not be tolerated. This result will go a long way towards keeping our communities safe. If anyone is worried about drugs in their community I would urge them to contact police as we will take the appropriate action.”
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