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Young people create ‘Welsh Dragon’ chair for community park

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IN AUGUST 2018, Aberystwyth Community Ambassadors, a sub-group of Penparcau Youth Club, led by Ceredigion Youth Service, secured a grant of £700 through CAVO Ceredigion’s Youth Led Grant Scheme, to create an art sculpture for their local community in Penparcau.

The aim of the project was to work with a professional artist to create an eye-catching sculpture made of recycled materials. The group decided to create a chair in the shape of the Welsh dragon, which will take place in Penparcau park. The project was led by young people, from the bid writing, to creating the final sculpture. Ceredigion Youth Service’s Young Volunteers who sit on CAVO’s Youth Led Grant Panel also visited the project in action to learn more about how the funding had been spent.

The group created the sculpture chair with a social enterprise organisation, Splat Cymru. Splat Cymru is a Carmarthen-based organisation who support children and young people through art and technology.

Brandon Jones, a member of Aberystwyth Community Ambassadors said, “Aberystwyth Community Ambassadors is made up of young people from Penparcau Youth Club who aim to develop community engagement projects and fundraisers in and around Penparcau and Aberystwyth. We wrote a bid for CAVO’s Youth Led Grant Scheme and we were successful. We then worked with James and Zoe from Splat Cymru to design and create the sculpture. We want to place the chair in Penparcau park so it can be enjoyed by other children and young people.”

Lowri Evans, Ceredigion Youth Service’s Acting Principal Youth Officer said, “This recent project worked really well. The young people were responsible for every aspect of the project, from securing the funding to painting the final sculpture. The young people really enjoyed working with Splat Cymru, who delivered a fun, engaging and skill building opportunity for the group. The young people learnt how to create something new from used materials, raising awareness of the importance of recycling and reusing. We would like also like to thank CAVO Ceredigion for funding the project and enabling the young people to have this opportunity.”

Councillor Catrin Miles said, “It’s fantastic to see opportunities like these being offered to young people, enabling them to develop skills, socialise and discover new interests. It’s so pleasing to see programmes such as this continuing to develop to benefit the lives of young people”.

For more information about the work of Ceredigion Youth Service, visit their Facebook, Twitter or Instagram page @GICeredigionYS or visit their website www.giceredigionys.co.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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