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Success for Ceredigion Youth Service Half Term activities programme

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CEREDIGION Youth Service again this year embarked on a comprehensive week of both targeted and universal opportunities during the February half term. The half term program offered seven different projects, activities and events for young people aged 11-25 from across the county.

A total of 67 young people had the opportunity to develop new and existing skills such as self-esteem, confidence, communication and problem solving, all in non-formal, fun environments where they were able to meet new people, gain accreditation and participate in a range of exciting activities.

Provision this year included an MMA activity workshop, an art project in Aberystwyth, a post-16 activity day, a trip to Pembrokeshire’s Blue Lagoon, bowling and a Youth Forum residential weekend.

Ceredigion Youth Service half term activities

Ceredigion Youth Service also secured additional funding to be able to deliver two additional partnership projects with other young people’s services, to expand the opportunities available to young people during the school holiday. The partnership projects included a residential trip to Cardiff with the Ceredigion’s Looked After Children’s Team and the Ceredigion Youth Justice and Prevention Team, and a mountain biking activity day with Ceredigion’s Disabled Children’s Team.

Councillor Catrin Miles, Cabinet member for Learning Services and Lifelong Learning said, “It’s pleasing to see Ceredigion Youth Service providing a quality service which is clearly beneficial to young people in Ceredigion. The activities are great opportunities not only to enjoy but also to develop educationally, personally and socially.”

To find out more about what Ceredigion Youth Service has to offer, visit their website and social media pages @GICeredigionYS or get in touch on 01545572352 or youth@ceredigion.gov.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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