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Ceredigion Youth Service delivers surf project

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OVER the summer, the Ceredigion Youth Service – working in partnership with Walkin’ on Water Surf School – coordinated and delivered an eight-week targeted Surf Project.

The project aimed to work with young people aged between 11-16 to develop their self-confidence and reduce their anxiety whilst providing surfing opportunities in a safe, fun and relaxed environment with experienced instructors.

Six participants from Ysgol Uwchradd Aberteifi were selected to take part in the project. Each participant noted an increase in their self-esteem and self-confidence levels as a result of the project, some of them described the project as, “an amazing opportunity!” and “being in the sea makes me feel happy”.

The project was offered free of charge to young people and was fully funded by BBC Children in Need. All equipment was provided by Walkin’ on Water Surf School and transport for participants was provided by Ceredigion Youth Service.

Gavin Witte, Youth and Community Worker said, “The surf project was the first of its kind for Ceredigion Youth Service, in partnership with Walkin’ on Water Surf School and it was a great success. I’m pleased with how the project went, and it was fantastic to see young people’s confidence, self-esteem and other interpersonal skills develop through being in the water and learning the basics of surfing. We’re very grateful to Walkin’ on Water Surf School and BBC Children in Need for providing us with the opportunity to host this project. We hope to be able to deliver similar projects for young people across the county in the near future.”

Councillor Catrin Miles, Cabinet Member responsible for Learning Services, Lifelong Learning and Leisure said, “Well done to all the young people that took part in this opportunity to brave the waters and learn to surf together on the Ceredigion Coast. It’s great to hear that Ceredigion Youth Service teamed up other with partner organisations to coordinate positive experiences like this whilst benefiting from the great outdoor experience our county has to offer.”

Youth Clubs around the county have now recommenced for the autumn term, to find out more about what Ceredigion Youth Service has to offer, visit their website, www.giceredigionys.co.uk and social media pages @GICeredigionYS or get in touch on 01545572352 or youth@ceredigion.gov.uk.

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Free parking in Ceredigion

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Car parking will be free in all Ceredigion County Council operated Pay and Display car parks on the three Saturdays before Christmas this year.

Parking charges at council operated Pay and Display car parks will be waived on December 7, 14 and 21 2019.

Rhodri Llwyd is Ceredigion County Council’s Corporate Lead Officer responsible for Highways and Environmental Services. He said. “Small businesses will be competing against online businesses for trade this Christmas. We want to do what we can to support Ceredigion businesses at this important time of year. We hope this step encourages more of us to shop locally this Christmas and enjoy what fantastic Ceredigion businesses have to offer.”

This decision contributes towards one of the council’s corporate priorities of boosting the economy.

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Ysgol Bro Pedr raise funds for life saving machine

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PUPILS at Ysgol Bro Pedr have raised enough money to buy a defibrillator machine for the school.

The idea came after 15 Year 11 pupils achieved their Level 3 Emergency First Aid Qualification with Ceredigion Youth Service. Pupils felt that it was incredibly important that they and others at the school had the skills, knowledge and equipment to use in an emergency.

Mrs Caryl Jones and pupils raised an outstanding £1,150 through organising a bake sale at the school on 28 March 2019. The school extends their thanks to Lampeter businesses ‘Oh My Cod’ and ‘Y Becws’ for their kind contribution towards the sale.

Guto Crompton, School Based Youth Worker said: “Although first aid is not a mandatory part of the school curriculum in Wales, young people at Ysgol Bro Pedr felt that it should be something that all pupils knew about. This would help them to know what to do in an emergency, whether that be in the school or out in the community. Pupils worked hard to achieve their First Aid qualification which covered aspect such as CPR, casualty management and the use of a defibrillator.”

The defibrillator machine will be placed in the school reception.

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It’s not too late: Ceredigion residents still have time to register to vote

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“CEREDIGION residents still have time to register to vote in the General Election on 12 December,” said the council’s Chief Executive and Acting Returning Officer, Eifion Evans.

Residents still have time to register to vote and to arrange postal or proxy votes if they want to do so. The deadline to register to vote is midnight on November 26. The deadline to register for a postal vote is 5pm on November 26 and the deadline to register for a proxy vote is 5pm on December 4.

Mr Evans continued, “Some residents may want to register for postal vote or a proxy vote. This could help people avoid possible wintry conditions of a December election, or young people who have moved out of county to study but still want to vote in Ceredigion.”

Residents can register to vote by using this link: https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote or by calling the council’s Electoral Services Team on 01545 570 881.

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