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Students join the Council

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ON MONDAY (Sept 18), nine third year students from Aberystwyth University began work experience with Ceredigion County Council.

The work experience had been offered to the students through the ‘Employability Skills for Professionals’ module by the Institute of Business & Law. This project is a new collaboration between the University and the Council and one which both organisations hope to see grow in the future, with other departments, becoming involved in offering work placement opportunities to Aberystwyth University students.

The students will undertake their placements in two departments at the Council namely Finance and Law.

Aberystwyth University student Chynna Godfrey, who’s started work experience within the Law Department of the Council said: “My expectations is to have the chance to experience new areas of law that I haven’t yet studied and open up my eyes to what the Council as a whole can offer, whilst gaining experience in areas I would never have been able to, had I not received this opportunity. These areas include family law, court days, property law and many more.”

This is an excellent opportunity for students to experience and spend time in the world of work, and provide them with real career skills that they will be able to use in the next stage of their lives, once leaving university.

Work experience student Isobel Prince noted her aspirations for the future: “I’m hoping that the work experience will help me decide where I want to be in the future and what I want to be doing. I may even be inspired to choose to pursue a career within the County Council.”

Elen James, Ceredigion County Council Head of Youth Engagement and Continuing Education said: “We are delighted to be working closely with Aberystwyth University and are proud to offer these opportunities to students. We believe that we as a Council can benefit from their knowledge and we hope they will benefit from our experience.”

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Recognition given to long-standing members of Council committee

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AT AN Ethics and Standards Committee (virtual) meeting held on 17 September 2021,  Rif Winfield and Hywel Wyn Jones were given recognition for their 10 years’ of service to the Committee between 2011 and 2021. A small plaque was presented to both.

Hywel was Chair of the Committee for 3 years.

In their place, two new independent members Alan Davies and Caryl Davies have been appointed.

Eifion Evans, Chief Executive of Ceredigion County Council said, “Ceredigion County Council has benefitted from a decade of advice and considerations provided by Rif & Hywel. We welcome the new members of the committee and their input to the function of the Committee will be greatly appreciated.”

Standards Committees of local authorities exist to do all that is possible to promote and safeguard the standards that the public rightly expect from their elected representatives.

Ceredigion County Council Chairman, Councillor Paul Hinge, said, “Our thanks go to Rif and Hywel who have given their time to contribute to the Committee and we welcome the new members.”

The Committee is made up of five independent members, two county councillors and two town/community councillors. Meeting quarterly, reports for the Ethics and Standards Committee including dispensation applications can be found on the Council website: www.ceredigion.gov.uk.

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Exciting new developments on the horizon for Lampeter Wellbeing Centre

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Architects have been appointed to oversee the project and work will now begin on the proposed layout for the facility

At a Cabinet meeting held on 01 December 2020, it was agreed that Lampeter Leisure Centre would become the location of the Council’s first Wellbeing Centre in the County.

A significant amount of work and investment is to be made at the Leisure Centre which will improve the facility and the resources for years to come.

Over the coming months, as we see the plans and proposals for Wellbeing Centre develop, they will be shared with service users and the residents of Ceredigion.

Architects have been appointed to oversee the project and work will now begin on the proposed layout for the facility. The layout will be a reconfiguration of the existing facility in order to provide a Wellbeing Centre that can provide an enhanced range of Through Age Services, including Leisure Services to the residents of Lampeter and the mid of the county. 

Councillor Catherine Hughes, Ceredigion County Council Cabinet Member, said: “We are looking forward to the development of the new Wellbeing Centre at Lampeter. This will provide a range of services to residents within their local community.

This development comes at a welcome time, as Ceredigion Public Service Board is carrying out an Assessment of Local Wellbeing, in order to find out about the wellbeing of local people and communities, now and in the future.”

Lampeter Leisure Centre will be closed during the building works, but during this period alternative provision will be made available for all service users and clubs.

We look forward to being able to share these alternative plans with you over the coming weeks, as soon as these arrangements have been finalised.

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UK Government must improve HGV drivers’ working conditions – Ben Lake MP

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Many people in the HGV industry have expressed concern

FOLLOWING his contribution during PMQs on September 8 regarding the HGV driver crisis, Ben Lake MP has raised the issue again, with Minister Grant Shapps.

Ben Lake MP has said:

“Many constituents who work in the HGV industry have come forward to share their experiences with me about the HGV driver crisis. As well as expressing grave concern, they have also shared ideas and long-term solutions that would greatly improve the current situation. 

“It’s important that the UK Government listens and gives full consideration to these suggestions and I look forward to meeting with the Minister in the near future to discuss them further.”

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