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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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New Quay RNLI lifeboat crew trains with lifeguards

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NEW QUAY lifeboat station hosted a special training evening with the lifeboat crew and Ceredigion’s RNLI lifeguards last week.

Pete Yates, one of New Quay RNLI’s inshore lifeboat helms, worked closely with Ceredigion lifeguard supervisor, Tirion Dowsett, to plan scenarios for the teams to practice working together in casualty care situations.

A large scale scenario included four casualties to be dealt with by the inshore lifeboat crew and two lifeguard teams on a nearby beach, whilst a third lifeguard team and lifeboat crew members dealt with a separate scenario at the lifeboat station.

Pete said: “It was a great evening of training. We had 9 lifeguards and 13 lifeboat crew in attendance.

“The main scenario included casualties suffering from hypothermia and propeller injuries. A second scenario involved a mechanic suffering head injuries in the forepeak of the all-weather lifeboat and requiring extraction on a stretcher.

“On completion of these scenarios we all gathered back at the station where one of our senior crew members sprung a great act at being a diabetic having a hypo, and being suitably angry and aggressive.”

Roger Couch, New Quay RNLI’s Lifeboat Operations Manager, added: “It was great for our lifeboat crew members to work with the lifeguards as it builds a deeper understanding of each other’s roles and encourages teamwork between us. This is of great benefit when dealing with real life casualty care situations.”

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Coastguard rescues dog stuck on cliffs

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LAST TUESDAY (Aug 27), New Quay RNLI’s inshore D-class lifeboat, Audrey LJ, was tasked by Milford Haven Coastguard to assist the Coastguard with a dog stuck on the cliffs near New Quay.

The volunteer crew launched the inshore lifeboat at 1.50pm with four crew members on board and made their way south down the coast.

Brett Stones, New Quay RNLI’s helm said: “We located the dog on the cliffs by Castell Bach, near Cwmtydu. We stood by while the Coastguard team caught the animal. The dog was unharmed and safe with the Coastguard so we were stood down.

“However, while returning to station we were then tasked to a small vessel with engine failure. We towed the stricken boat with three people on board back to New Quay. We rehoused the inshore lifeboat and it was ready for service by 2.40pm.”

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New maintenance Lorries cut carbon emissions

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The Ground Maintenance Team has purchased three new lorries to support ground maintenance services in Ceredigion.

The new lorries will move Ceredigion County Council’s Ground Maintenance Service’s equipment to and from the grounds that they look after. The lorries will also take cut grass away for composting. This provides the most efficient way of maintaining the areas that the team is responsible for.

Councillor Dafydd Edwards is the Cabinet member responsible for Highways and Environmental Services together with Housing. He said: “The new vehicles replace ones which had provided excellent service for almost 20 years. They are fitted with Euro 6 engines which are considerably more efficient and better for the environment.”

The Grounds Maintenance Team is also incrementally introducing electric-powered mowers, blowers, hedge cutters and strimmers into its fleet. This equipment is better for the environment, is easier to use and causes less noise and vibration.

The new lorries support Ceredigion County Council’s commitment to be a net-zero carbon council by 2030.

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