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Communities for Work Plus supporting Ceredigion individuals

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68 individuals have been supported by a new project in Ceredigion in its first four months.

Communities For Work Plus is a Welsh Government funded project that supports individuals of working age in or at risk of poverty across Ceredigion.

The Project began in Ceredigion in June 2018 with two Mentors and an Employer Liaison Officer. They support people to improve their employability skills. This should in turn help then either get employment or get better paid employment.

Since June 2018, 152 referrals have been received, whilst 68 people have been supported. Following the support of the Project, 10 people have entered employment, and others have entered volunteering placements, paid work opportunities and training. One participant that was helped into work said, “The support I received from my mentor was brilliant. She sourced the best training for me and helped throughout the whole process, resulting in a new career that I’d been hoping to achieve for a while”.

Mentors provide one to one support for Participants with writing CV’s, undertaking mock interviews, up-skilling and fund a wide variety of training from HGV license to soap making, including help with starting up their own business.

Councillor Catrin Miles, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Learning Services and Lifelong Learning said, “The project can help to source volunteering opportunities, paid work opportunities, employment opportunities and have good contacts with local employers. Support extends to people who are ‘in work poverty’ so if you are looking at improving your skills to enable you to get a better paid job, then Communities For Work Plus could help you.”

If you think the project may be able to help you or would like more information, contact the team on 01545 574193 or email cfwp@ceredigion.gov.uk.

In addition, if you are an employer and have any opportunities for participants to undertake work experience or a paid work opportunity funded by Communities For Work Plus, get in touch.

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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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