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‘Bronze’ Quality Mark for Youth Work in Wales

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Lowri Evans, Gwenllian Evans, Gethin Jones, Gavin Witte, Rebecca Champ, Nia Jones, Rhun Garner, Iwan Evans, Guto Crompton.

CEREDIGION YOUTH SERVICE has been awarded the prestigious Bronze Quality Mark for Youth Work in Wales.

The Welsh Government launched the Quality Mark for Youth Work in Wales in October 2015 to provide a robust, independent, external assessment of the quality and performance of organisations that deliver youth work in Wales. The final report identified that Ceredigion Youth Service offered high quality youth work covering 16 core areas, including performance management, quality of youth work practice, young people’s learning and legal requirements.

The report identified that Ceredigion Youth Service is a central and key partner to the delivery of Council services for young people. They felt that the workforce understands their role and have very good knowledge of the needs of the young people in the communities. A key strength identified in the report was that the Youth Workers are very effective at building relationships with young people which are based on trust and they are there to support and promote the young people’s learning and development. Young people develop their confidence and social skills through a good range of opportunities taking place in school based work, outreach provision and in youth clubs.

The Team of assessors also reported that Ceredigion Youth Service demonstrates a strong emphasis on partnership working with voluntary and statutory services to extend provision for young people and ensure national and local priorities can be delivered through both targeted and open access working. Regular information sharing and joint planning with other statutory agencies is ensuring young people are well supported to access specialist support and that Ceredigion Youth Service can provide good support when the young people ‘step down’ from working with specialist agencies.

Lowri Evans, Ceredigion County Council’s Youth Service Co-ordinator, said: “To have been awarded with the Bronze Quality Mark for Youth Work in Wales is a tremendous achievement for the Service.

“It’s a great mark of recognition for the commitment and hard work of the team, in supporting young people’s personal, social and educational development, encouraging all young people to reach their full potential. This Award confirms that Ceredigion Youth Service continues to deliver an outstanding quality provision to over 5,000 of the County’s young people every year.”

The Award were presented to the Ceredigion Youth Service at The National Youth Excellence Awards in Cardiff on 23 June.

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New Quay RNLI lifeboat crew trains with lifeguards

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NEW QUAY lifeboat station hosted a special training evening with the lifeboat crew and Ceredigion’s RNLI lifeguards last week.

Pete Yates, one of New Quay RNLI’s inshore lifeboat helms, worked closely with Ceredigion lifeguard supervisor, Tirion Dowsett, to plan scenarios for the teams to practice working together in casualty care situations.

A large scale scenario included four casualties to be dealt with by the inshore lifeboat crew and two lifeguard teams on a nearby beach, whilst a third lifeguard team and lifeboat crew members dealt with a separate scenario at the lifeboat station.

Pete said: “It was a great evening of training. We had 9 lifeguards and 13 lifeboat crew in attendance.

“The main scenario included casualties suffering from hypothermia and propeller injuries. A second scenario involved a mechanic suffering head injuries in the forepeak of the all-weather lifeboat and requiring extraction on a stretcher.

“On completion of these scenarios we all gathered back at the station where one of our senior crew members sprung a great act at being a diabetic having a hypo, and being suitably angry and aggressive.”

Roger Couch, New Quay RNLI’s Lifeboat Operations Manager, added: “It was great for our lifeboat crew members to work with the lifeguards as it builds a deeper understanding of each other’s roles and encourages teamwork between us. This is of great benefit when dealing with real life casualty care situations.”

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Coastguard rescues dog stuck on cliffs

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LAST TUESDAY (Aug 27), New Quay RNLI’s inshore D-class lifeboat, Audrey LJ, was tasked by Milford Haven Coastguard to assist the Coastguard with a dog stuck on the cliffs near New Quay.

The volunteer crew launched the inshore lifeboat at 1.50pm with four crew members on board and made their way south down the coast.

Brett Stones, New Quay RNLI’s helm said: “We located the dog on the cliffs by Castell Bach, near Cwmtydu. We stood by while the Coastguard team caught the animal. The dog was unharmed and safe with the Coastguard so we were stood down.

“However, while returning to station we were then tasked to a small vessel with engine failure. We towed the stricken boat with three people on board back to New Quay. We rehoused the inshore lifeboat and it was ready for service by 2.40pm.”

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New maintenance Lorries cut carbon emissions

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The Ground Maintenance Team has purchased three new lorries to support ground maintenance services in Ceredigion.

The new lorries will move Ceredigion County Council’s Ground Maintenance Service’s equipment to and from the grounds that they look after. The lorries will also take cut grass away for composting. This provides the most efficient way of maintaining the areas that the team is responsible for.

Councillor Dafydd Edwards is the Cabinet member responsible for Highways and Environmental Services together with Housing. He said: “The new vehicles replace ones which had provided excellent service for almost 20 years. They are fitted with Euro 6 engines which are considerably more efficient and better for the environment.”

The Grounds Maintenance Team is also incrementally introducing electric-powered mowers, blowers, hedge cutters and strimmers into its fleet. This equipment is better for the environment, is easier to use and causes less noise and vibration.

The new lorries support Ceredigion County Council’s commitment to be a net-zero carbon council by 2030.

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