ACTION FOR CHILDREN’S Pembrokeshire and Ceredigion young carers have enjoyed an action packed summer, including trips to the new Haverfordwest climbing wall and Cardigan Island Coastal Farm, thanks to the generosity of the Freemasons Guild of Haverfordwest.
Vikki Booth, Young Person’s Worker at Pembrokeshire Young Carers, said: “The young carers really embraced the challenge of the climbing wall with almost all getting to the top of the 10 metre wall and some even tackling the overhang sections. The minibus provided so generously from the Freemasons Guild allowed us to take 16 young carers to Cardigan to see lots of different animals including llamas, seals, peacocks, goats and Shetland ponies.
“The young carers also enjoyed some more relaxing activities, including a trip to Freshwater East beach, a cake baking afternoon in Pembroke Dock and a trip to the newly opened St Davids Bug Farm. All of these activities were attended well and all of the young carers really enjoyed the freedom to be able to play and have fun with other young carers.”
Pembrokeshire young carers also enjoyed days out building dens at Scolton Manor Country Park and National Play Day at Folly Farm, that included cardboard city, messy play, road, sea and sun safety as well as go karts and climbing.
The final week of the holidays saw the young carers meet up again with the Ceredigion group for a day trip to Carmarthen to go to the cinema and have dinner in Frankie and Bennys. Vikki added: “The burden of responsibility these young people face cannot be overestimated in caring for their families. It’s vital we provide some support, respite, fun days out and, critically, the chance to mix with young people who are in similar positions.”
New Children’s Book based on local fisherman
CHILDREN’S AUTHOR Natalie L Davies has written a story based on local man, Mickey Beechey, of Llangrannog.
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.
Council supports the Learning Disabilities ‘My Charter’
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.
Ceredigion Leisure Centres Summer holiday programme
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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