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Charity offers exam help to local youngsters

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KNOWN for its invaluable services to the young people of Cardigan, Area 43 has recently had its drop-in centre re-vamped in time to offer support and advice for school and college pupils with their exam results this summer.

The charity, which celebrated its 20th anniversary last year, will also launch two new websites this week: area43.co.uk will provide information on what Area 43 has to offer, and silver43.com will promote its own range of quality jewellery which has been created by young people who access the drop-in centre.

The whole building has been updated by local craftsmen ensuring that Area 43 is a vibrant, modern looking drop-in centre for those who need advice and support in whatever aspects of their lives. The website was also updated by a local company – Andy Mayer of Coast Web Solutions, Aberporth.

“I enjoy coming to Area 43 because I enjoy being creative. I like doing painting and I have enjoyed making jewellery, while being in a supportive environment. The staff always have a listening ear for any problems I may have and they advise me and help me to make the right decisions on how to go forward,” said one of the centre users.

Area 43 will this season concentrate on its jewellery venture. Established six years ago, Silver43 sees a collection made by young people who are the hardest to reach in the community and has provided fresh creative and marketing opportunities during that time.

The social enterprise donates all its profits to the Area 43 Charity, and has over the years, allowed the young people to gain a business knowledge, setting them up for future opportunities.

Another young person said: “We spent a month learning how to make the jewellery that is all sterling silver and semi-precious stones. We played around with several designs before moving forward to the next process of actually making the jewellery.”

Carol Ashling, a Youth Support Worker at Area 43 explained: “The young people were inspired by the nature in the area and they decided to base the range on the seashore, mountains, rivers and forests.”

Carol added: “Our aim has always been to be able to offer quality training and real jobs to young people for whom genuine opportunities are incredibly rare. This enterprise has enabled them to earn respect, move away from welfare benefits and encourage them to lead healthier lifestyles.”

Sally Jones, Area 43’s CEO added: “Our philosophy is to assist young people in developing self esteem and a positive approach to their lives and their place in society. We provide a space where they can relate to their peer group and to adult role models who encourage them to participate in learning experiences and decision-making processes. Developing this jewellery range, is just one scheme that is flowering at Area 43.

“We believe that the successful business not only benefits the young people who have made the jewellery, but all the young people who access the services that Area 43 offers both now, and in the future.”

Go online to view the stunning jewellery offered in the silver43.com range and visit area43.co.uk to find out more about what the Centre does for young people in this area.

If you’re aged 16 -25, whether you are getting exam results this summer or not, Area 43 are always happy to welcome new faces, call in and see them. If you would like to find out more about this organisation or the Silver 43 range of jewellery, the staff are always happy to talk about their work and can be contacted on 01239 614566 Monday to Friday.

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Parents saving on average £350 on childcare per month

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Parents in Ceredigion have saved an average of £350 a month on childcare costs after the introduction of the Childcare Offer in September 2018.

Parents and guardians of three and four-year-old children living in Ceredigion can be eligible for the offer if they work the equivalent of 16 hours per week. This includes self-employed parents and seasonal workers.

The Cabinet member responsible for Learning Services, Councillor Catrin Miles said, “It’s great to see that the Childcare Offer is having such an impact across Ceredigion in the first few months. The savings will only increase as more parents register for the scheme. This will have a real positive effect on the lives of many parents. I urge anyone who thinks they are eligible to find out.”

Ceredigion County Council manages the scheme in the county, and will manage the scheme in neighbouring counties as the scheme is rolled out in 2019. The Welsh Government fund the Childcare Offer.

Parents and guardians who want to see if they are eligible can visit the Childcare Offer page on the Council’s website: www.ceredigion.gov.uk/ChildcareOffer.

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Police manhunt now extending beyond Dyfed-Powys region

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POLICE looking for a man who attacked a police officer on Saturday afternoon have evidence to suggest he has now left the Dyfed-Powys force area.

The investigation team is now working with other forces as the operation to find him continues.

The man has been wanted by Dyfed-Powys Police since Saturday, when he attacked a police officer who stopped the car he was travelling in. The officer stopped the car based on information that he was connected with criminal activity in other areas.

Extensive searches have been carried out in Ceredigion, using the armed response unit, dog unit and NPAS helicopter, and officers now have evidence to suggest he is in another area.

A second man who was arrested following the incident has now been charged.

Wayne Dobson, aged 29, has been charged with assault causing actual bodily harm, criminal damage, aggravated vehicle taking and vehicle damage, and two counts of taking a vehicle without the owner’s consent.

Chief Superintendent Peter Roderick said: “This has, and continues to be, a long and intense investigation, which now involves colleagues from other forces as efforts are focussed on locations outside Dyfed-Powys.

“We understand that there has been a high level of concern in our communities since Saturday afternoon, and we would like to thank the public for their patience as operations have been carried out across Ceredigion.

“Due to the nature of the enquiry, and information we have been working from, the level of detail about the wanted man that we have been able to release has been limited, but we have endeavoured to keep our communities updated as best we can.”

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CCTV to return to Aberystwyth

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ABERYSTWYTH is set to have it’s CCTV returned to the town.

The CCTV was scrapped in the town five years ago following a cost-cutting move by Ceredigion council.

Work is due to start this month with 10 state-of-the-art cameras, Dyfed Powys Police and Crime Commissioner Dafydd Llywelyn have confirmed. The system was removed in 2014, despite strong opposition.

Rising crime rates and falling conviction rates, has seen a call for the reinstatement of the system ever since its removal.

Ceredig Davies, Aberystwyth Councillor has said: “Switching off the town’s CCTV cameras was a retrograde step, and as the councillor in whose ward all the cameras are located I looked forward to them being reinstated.

“I have had numerous conversations with the Police and Crime Commissioner, Dafydd Llywelyn, on the matter and on behalf of residents and visitors to the town I applaud him on keeping his election pledge.”

When Dafydd Llewelyn took over from Christopher Salmon as Police and Crime Commissioner, he mad a key campaign pledge to return the CCTV to the town. Speaking on the reinstatement he said he was “very pleased” to stick to his promise.

He added “Aberystwyth is a busy town within the Dyfed Powys Police force area where CCTV is required to safeguard communities and assist in investigations.

“Crime mapping analysis has identified 10 locations for cameras for the town that I am delighted that work is to begin there very soon.

“A project of this nature is very intricate and complex. The CCTV project team is working team is working hard to keep the project moving along as swiftly as possible.

“Work starting in Aberystwyth marks the halfway point of the project.”

The removal of the old CCTV system is said to have saved Ceredigion council £150,000 a year.

The new CCTV system set to start in Aberystwyth is part of a larger project, which will see 120 cameras in 17 towns across the region by completion.

The images will be fed directly to a monitoring room at Dyfed Powys Police headquarters Llangunnor, Carmarthenshire where they will be monitored by dedicated staff.

Marie McAvoy, project manager said: “I am grateful to the team I work with for their continued determination to ensure this project is delivered for the benefit of the communities we serve.

“I am also grateful to Ceredigion County Council and North and Mid Wales Trunk Road Agency for their assistance and support in ensuring that this reinvestment in CCTV in Aberystwyth is delivered.”

Mark Collins, Chief Constable said: “I’m confident the system will prove to be an invaluable asset in preventing crime and responding to emerging incidents swiftly before they escalate.

“Evidence from the CCTV cameras will also no doubt prove an important investigative tool for officers.”

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