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Cynnydd Project for disadvantaged students

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Supporting Ceredigion’s young people: The Cynnydd Project

Supporting Ceredigion’s young people: The Cynnydd Project

THE CYNNYDD PROJECT, a three-year project aiming to support Ceredigion’s young people who are most at risk of disengaging with education, began in June.

The Cynnydd Project aims to support young people aged between 11 and 24 years of age, providing intensive interventions to improve their attendance at school, attainment and behaviour. The project will also assist young people into work through a variety of employer engagement programmes which have been designed with the local labour market firmly in mind.

Cabinet Member for Learning Services, Children and Young People’s Partnership, Councillor Hag Harris, said: “Cynnydd will be invaluable to provide young people with the skills and qualifications to gain employment locally, which will mean that our young people will not be forced to look further afield for employment. I am also grateful for the cooperation of local employers which, I’m sure, will be of immeasurable benefit to the young people of Ceredigion.”

The introduction of the Cynnydd project is closely aligned with key elements of the Welsh Government’s national policy aiming to reduce the number of young people who are not in education, employment or training (known as NEET) in Wales.

The project has been financed by the European Social Fund and will be delivered by Ceredigion County Council across all local secondary schools from June 2016 until February 2019.

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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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