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Fire training for people with learning disabilities

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In training: People with learning difficulties are learning to understand the risks of fire

In training: People with learning difficulties are learning to understand the risks of fire

MID and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service and Hywel Dda University Health Board’s Speech and Language Therapy Department have teamed up to help people with learning disabilities in Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire better understand the risks of fire, prevention and what to do in the event of a fire. Fire Officer Sean Lloyd and Speech and Language Therapist Yvonne Bruton Miller were tasked with ensuring potentially life-saving information was available in a user friendly format.

The final result is an easy read leaflet and presentation pack, reviewed and approved by a group of people with learning disabilities. The easy read leaflet uses alternative forms of communication including symbols, photos and plain English. The presentation pack includes objects of reference to support understanding and learning and provides and opportunity for service users to view first hand damaged sockets, fire alarms and even the protective clothing worn by fire fighters.

Sean and Yvonne recently launched the easy read leaflet and presentation pack at Bryn Y Wawr Residential Home in Llandeilo. Sean Lloyd, Watch Manager Community Safety Carmarthenshire at Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service said: “Mandatory training for managers and staff is essential but service users are often excluded from essential training but now we have this presentation and training developed in partnership with the Carmarthenshire Total Communication group.

The feedback from staff and residents has been great and on request we’ll be coming back in twelve months for a refresher course!” Yvonne Bruton Miller, Speech and Language Therapist at Hywel Dda University Health Board said: “This has been a fantastic project to work on and the Community Team for Learning Disabilities (CTLD) and fire service will continue to work together to ensure all service users linked to the CTLD are automatically offered free fire safety checks through the individual’s annual review process.”

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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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