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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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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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