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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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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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