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Ceredigion MP celebrates £8.2 million of National Lottery investment in local area

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BEN LAKE, Member of Parliament for Ceredigion is celebrating over £8.2 million of National Lottery funding being awarded to community projects across the constituency over the past five years. The money, raised by players for good causes, is being distributed by The National Lottery Community Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK.

Ben Lake attended an event in Parliament this week with the Fund, which is responsible for giving out money raised by National Lottery players for good causes. The MP heard about the community projects receiving funding and the difference they make.

The National Lottery Community Fund supports charities, community groups, and people with great ideas – local or national, large or small, no matter what their starting point. Information about how to apply for funding can be found on their website: www.tnlcommunityfund.org.uk

The MP is calling on local groups to find out how to apply for a National Lottery grant. Funding starts from just £300, and 90% of the grants made are for under £10,000.

Local projects to have benefited include HUTS, in Adpar, who received £495,979 in June 2018 to offer a peer-led befriending and outreach service to people in West Wales with mental health conditions, in addition to a drop-in service providing early intervention to people who have not yet been referred officially.

The Llandysul Family Centre were awarded £95,203 in November 2018 to increase family and community well-being in the area and to build on parent’s strength, empowering them to find solutions to situations and practice them in a safe place and then transfer them to their home life in the community.

Aberystwyth University Students Union received £23,000 in March 2019 to raise awareness and deliver training to increase the skills and knowledge of both staff and students around suicide prevention.

Therapies4Services were also successful and received £10,000 to set up a mentoring service for active soldiers, veterans and bereaved military families in order to help aid their mental wellbeing.

Ben Lake, Member of Parliament for Ceredigion, said: “It’s fantastic to hear that over £8.2 million of National Lottery funding has gone to community projects in Ceredigion. These groups are inspirational in the great work and support they provide to local people. Thanks to their effort and dedication, National Lottery money is helping communities to thrive and I would urge anybody else in my constituency with a great idea to see what funding they too could secure.”

John Rose, Wales Director at The National Lottery Community Fund, said: “Thanks to National Lottery players, this funding will help to improve the lives of people in the local community. We know that people understand what’s needed in their communities better than anyone else – that’s why when people are in the lead, communities thrive.”

Last year the Fund awarded over half a billion pounds (£508.5 million) and supported over 11,000 projects across the UK for health, education, environment and charitable purposes.

To find out more visit www.TNLCommunityFund.org.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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