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Cardigan Foodbank amazed at response

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People are realising the hardship around us: Donations without plea.

People are realising the hardship around us: Donations without plea.

CARDIGAN FOO DBANK has been overwhelmed with the support they have received through this year’s Harvest Festival celebrations. Around 1,250 kilos have been collected on behalf of the foodbank by 18 different churches, chapels and schools. “To say that we have been flabbergasted is somewhat of an understatement,” said Phil Buckman, Manager of the Foodbank. “Every Harvest Festival season we have received donations from a handful of organisations but never this many.

It is incredibly moving and of course so encouraging that so many varied groups decided that they wanted to support our cause, which, as we’ve said many times before, is never ending. The shelves always need topping up and when we receive this amount it means that New Life Church, our host, do not have to use their funds to keep us going. More the point it appears that even more people are now realising that we are in desperate times and more of the same to come. Having helped more people this year than previous years we believe we’re here for a long time to come.”

From as far north as Aberaeron and beyond, out further than Newcastle Emlyn, across the Preselli’s and south as far as Fishguard people have recognised the need and without so much as a plea from the Foodbank they have all decided on their support this harvest time. The generous people of Cardigan and across the three county region, have enabled the Foodbank to continue to help those that find themselves in crisis, requiring an emergency food parcel to get them by.

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New Children’s Book based on local fisherman

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CHILDREN’S AUTHOR Natalie L Davies has written a story based on local man, Mickey Beechey, of Llangrannog.

The book is available on Amazon.

Natalie said: “I’ve written a series of children’s books with the central character, the lovely ‘Mickey the Fisherman’. The first book is called ‘Pollution’, and is a bright colourful and fun book with a valuable message.”

The book is available to buy on Amazon in both paperback and kindle, and can be found at: mybook.to/mickeythefisherman.

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Council supports the Learning Disabilities ‘My Charter’

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CABINET members and senior officers in Ceredigion have signed ‘My Charter’. In doing so, Ceredigion County Council have become the first council to sign up to the charter. My Charter was written by people who have learning disabilities in West Wales.

The charter says that people who have learning disabilities want to have more chances in life, more choice and to be listened to. It also says that people who have learning disabilities want to be treated as adults, to be given dignity and respect and that their information is kept private.

Councillor Alun Williams is the Cabinet member responsible for Adult Services. He said: “People with learning disabilities have the same aspirations, hopes and feelings as everyone else. They deserve the same services and to be treated equally in a way that’s appropriate to their needs. I’m delighted that Ceredigion has become the first council to sign the charter, and I’m looking forward to seeing how this can positively influence the way our population of people with learning disabilities are treated in the future.”

The charter was developed by people who have learning disabilities from across Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire.

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Ceredigion Leisure Centres Summer holiday programme

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A BUSY TIMETABLE of inclusive summer holiday activities for children has been organised across all Ceredigion County Council-run leisure centres in the county.

From football to bouncy castle sessions, from cycling skills to archery, there’s a wide variety of activities to choose from over the course of the summer.

There will also be day camps and multi-skills activity days available at some of the leisure centres, for children to attend for the whole day. There’s even a day trip to the beach with Teifi Leisure Centre!

A range of learning to swim programmes are available at Lampeter Swimming Pool and Plascrug Leisure Centre across the summer holidays. A week of swimming lessons will be delivered solely through the medium of Welsh in Plascrug Leisure Centre starting on 5 August.

Councillor Catrin Miles is the council’s Cabinet member with responsibility for Leisure Services. She said: “Ceredigion Actif is once again providing a busy timetable of fun activities during the summer. It’s a healthy and worthwhile way for children to spend their time during the summer.”

Booking for sessions is essential and staff at leisure centres reserve the right to cancel any session if attendance is too low.

For further information on the summer holiday activities planned, visit the Ceredigion Actif website.

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