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Action plan to help people with learning disabilities to integrate further into society

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THE CEREDIGION Learning Disability Strategy to 2023 was approved by the council’s Cabinet on 19 February. Following the approval an action plan will be put in place to make sure that the strategy is put into practice. This means that the right help will be in place to help people who have learning disabilities to integrate as fully as possible into society.

The strategy is a joint strategy between the Council and Hywel Dda University Health Board, and sets out the vision and ambition to make sure that people with learning disabilities, their families, Carers and others are at the heart of designing and developing services.

The strategy has 60 recommendations under four key outcomes, which are planned to be in place by 2023 through the development of the action plan. The consultation told us which areas are most important to people, and this will inform the prioritisation of work going forward.

Councillor Alun Williams is the Cabinet member responsible for Adult Services. He said, “Learning disabilities shouldn’t be a barrier to leading a full and rewarding life. We need to listen to our service users and Carers and involve them as much as possible in the way we put services together.”

“This strategy aims to do just that and, as the recommendations are acted on, I’m sure it will have a very positive effect on the lives of the growing number of people with learning disabilities in Ceredigion.”

Judith Hardisty is the Vice Chair of Hywel Dda University Health Board. She said, “This strategy will ensure a shared vision and commitment to help people with learning disabilities in Ceredigion to live more independently; provide opportunities for meaningful employment, and more opportunities to volunteer.

“It is also a chance for everyone to recognise together the diversity of our population and as such to commit to an approach that enables people with a learning disability to be treated in the way they wish. I really welcome this approach which puts the people who use our services at the heart of how we develop those services.”

The Ceredigion Learning Disabilities Partnership Board will be strengthening its membership to include people with learning disabilities, families, Carers and their advocates to make sure that the action plan is person centred and meets the needs of people using services now and in the future.

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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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