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Charity welcomes new team on board

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(L-R): Elwyn Williams, Ceredigion Fundraising Officer; Claire Rumble, Carmarthenshire Fundraising Officer; Nicola Llewelyn, Head of Charities; Manon James, Communications Officer and Tara Nickerson, Pembrokeshire Fundraising Officer

(L-R): Elwyn Williams, Ceredigion Fundraising Officer; Claire Rumble, Carmarthenshire Fundraising Officer; Nicola Llewelyn, Head of Charities; Manon James, Communications Officer and Tara Nickerson, Pembrokeshire Fundraising Officer

HYWEL DDA Health Charities has recently welcomed three new members of staff to its team to support the development of the charity.

The charity, which aims to make a difference to local healthcare services provided by Hywel Dda University Health Board, now employs a part-time fundraising officer in each of the counties they serve – Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire – as well as a Communications Officer working across all three counties with the Head of Charities.

Hywel Dda Health Charities is a registered charity which supports patients, staff and services within Hywel Dda University Health Board. The charity uses generous donations received from patients, their families and from local communities to provide services and activities above and beyond what the NHS can provide. This can be through buying the latest medical equipment, improving the hospital environment or investing in its staff to ensure they are up to date with the latest techniques.

Nicola Llewelyn, Head of Hywel Dda Health Charities, said: “It’s an extremely exciting time for the charity and we are confident that the new team will develop and move the charity forward, raising awareness and increasing our income so that we can contribute to support the Health Board to provide the highest standards of local healthcare. We are delighted to welcome our new members of staff on board, all with vast and varied experience that will help us move the charity forward.

“We now have team members based in each of the counties we serve, enabling us to offer hands on support to our staff and those wishing to support the charity”.

If you would like to support Hywel Dda Health Charities and fundraise for your local healthcare services, contact the team on 01267 239815 or email fundraising.hyweldda@wales.nhs.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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