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New faces join Ceredigion Youth Council

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ON OCTOBER 26, a meeting was held at the Council Chamber in Penmorfa, Aberaeron, to welcome new members to Ceredigion County Council’s Youth Council; three years on from when it was first established.

The Youth Council consists of young people from every secondary school in the county, in addition to representatives from local young people’s forums including Ceredigion Youth Service, The Urdd, Young Farmers Club, Coleg Ceredigion and Ceredigion Actif.

Gwion Bowen, Ceredigion Youth Service Officer welcomed members and talked about the role of the Youth Council and the supporting role of the Council.

Also, during the meeting the new Hywel Dda Schools In-Reach project was presented, and a workshop on Ceredigion’s new Children and Young People’s Participation Strategy.

Thomas Evans, Ceredigion Youth Service Forum member and a member of this year’s Ceredigion Youth Council said, “I am really pleased to be a part of the Youth Council this year, and to have the opportunity to represent the voices of young people across Ceredigion. I think it’s really important that young people have a platform to share their thoughts and ideas with the County Council.”

The next meeting will see the Youth Council elect a new Member of Youth Parliament for 2019 and their new Vice Chair, who will work alongside existing Chair and Ysgol Gyfun Gymunedol Penweddig pupil, Beca Williams.

Cabinet Member for Learning Services, Lifelong Learning & Leisure, Councillor Catrin Miles said, “The Youth Council is an opportunity for young people to raise their concerns, share their opinions, discuss current projects, activities and events led by Ceredigion County Council and provide feedback on them. They have some great ideas and we can learn a great deal from them!”

The Youth Council meets four times a year in the Council Chamber in Penmorfa, Aberaeron. The next meeting will be held on Friday 02 February 2019.

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Teenage passenger dies in A487 crash – police appealing for help

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DYFED POWYS POLICE are appealing for witnesses following a fatal collision which occurred at around 10pm last night (Saturday, November 16) on the A487 at Commins Coch, Aberystwyth.

The collision involved two vehicles – a black Vauxhall Astra, which was travelling out of Aberystwyth heading towards the general direction of Bow Street, and a silver Audi A6.

Sadly, an 18-year-old sustained fatal injuries and passed away at hospital this morning. She was a passenger in the Vauxhall Astra.

Several casualties were also taken to hospital with serious injuries.

Anyone travelling along this stretch of road at the time of the collision who had dash cam footage, or saw the collision or the vehicles involved, is asked to contact the Serious Collision Investigation Unit.

You can report information online at: http://bit.ly/dppReportOnline, by email at: contactcentre@dyfed-powys.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101.

If you are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908. Quote reference: DP-20191116-353

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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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