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£7,000 boost for children support group

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kidsinfieldA PONTERWYD organisation has been awarded over £7,000 by BBC Children in Need to offer support for disadvantaged children and young people based in Ceredigion. RAY Ceredigion provides play sessions and support for children and young people in Ponterwyd and the surrounding areas. With funding from Children in Need RAY Ceredigion aims to improve family relationships, enable the children to become more physically active, and have increased self-belief through play. The grant will enable the organisation to provide play sessions that build positive relationships between children and increased well being for participants.

BBC Children in Need now funds four projects in Ceredigion with over £175,726 hard at work to benefit young lives in the region. The Charity awards grants at seven points during the year, more funding will be pledged to projects in the UK throughout 2016. Speaking of the grant, Gill Byrne at RAY Ceredigion said: “We will develop children’s self-belief through building strong, positive, and affirming relationships with our play work staff, reducing young people’s feelings of loneliness of isolation. The funding from BBC Children in Need will allow us to continue to provide opportunities for disadvantaged young people and ensure they become empowered and encouraged to make positive choices.” Jemma Wray, National Head of BBC Children in Need in Wales added: “At BBC Children in Need we fund projects making a tangible difference to young lives.

Ray Ceredigion is a great example of one of our Small Grants in action. These include anything up to £10,000 across one year and can really demonstrate how relatively small sums of money can have a huge impact. We’re always looking for quality applications for our Small Grants programme, so feel free to get in touch if you work with disadvantaged young people and think you’re organisation could benefit.” BBC Children in Need’s Chief Executive, David Ramsden, said: “These grants are all made possible by the amazing work of our supporters. Whether you’ve dressed up, baked cakes or thrown yourself into a sponsored challenge, every penny raised really helps make a difference to young lives.

Thank you all.” BBC Children in Need funds two types of grants; both of which are open to new applicants. A Small Grants Programme includes grants up to and including £10,000, which supports projects for one year, while the Main Grants Programme is for grants over £10,000 per year to support projects for up to three years. Projects working children and young people facing any kind of disadvantage can find out more on how to apply for funding at bbc.co.uk/pudsey/grants. BBC Children in Need relies on the support and creativity of thousands of fundraisers and supporters across the UK who donate their time, money and energy to help raise millions for the Charity. Whether raised by baking cakes, going on rambles, putting on quizzes or taking part in dress up days, every penny goes towards supporting projects right here in the UK.

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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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