A NEWLY formed New Quay group in west Wales raised £3,000 for British Heart Foundation Cymru’s lifesaving research by organising several events to help BHF fight for every heartbeat since they formed in July.
They held a raffle and auction to raise vital funds for their latest event which raised £667.
Brenda James, who formed the BHF group, wanted to say thank you to the charity that helped her family.
She said: “We have such a good time when we organise events, and we enjoy being part of a team and we have a great time as well. We are looking forward to the new year to hold new events. I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who donated gifts and to everyone who supported and also to the local businesses and a special thank you to Haven Holidays for providing a 32 inch television to auction.”
Each day in Wales, 25 people lose their lives to cardiovascular disease which can devastate those they leave behind. Thanks to people like the New Quay group, BHF Cymru is funding pioneering research, central to discovering vital treatments for people living with these conditions.
Jayne Lewis, BHF Fundraising Manager for South West Wales said: “I would like to say a big thank you to the New Quay group for organising events and raising funds for BHF Cymru. Too many lives are lost in Wales each year, and we’re determined to do everything we can to protect more families from this devastation. We urge more people to come together to form fundraising groups in local towns and villages and to enjoy being part of a group that are helping to save lives.
“Around 375,000 people across Wales this month are fighting a daily battle with heart and circulatory disease. Each year these devastating conditions claim the lives of more than 750 people per month in Wales alone and thanks to the local groups in the area we’ll be able to fund even more research into these conditions.”
If you would like more information on forming a BHF group in your area, please contact Jayne Lewis on 01554 891 500 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
A successful first year for Communities for Work Plus
OVER 200 REFERRALS have been received and 88 people have been supported by the Communities for Work Plus project in Ceredigion in its first 12 months. The project began in April 2018 with two Mentors and an Employer Liaison Officer. They support people to improve their employability skills. This should, in turn, help them either get employment or get better-paid employment.
Communities For Work Plus is a Welsh Government funded project, delivered by Ceredigion County Council which supports individuals in or at risk of poverty, aged 16 or over, across Ceredigion and throughout Wales. Participants may be experiencing in-work poverty, unemployment, living on minimum wage or struggling to pay basic monthly outgoings on sporadic zero hour contracts.
Mentors provide 1:1 support for participants with writing CV’s, undertaking mock interviews, up-skilling and funding a wide variety of training including help with starting up their own business. The team are looking forward to building on this success for the next 12 months to help residents of Ceredigion find employment and to reduce poverty.
One participant said: “I want to thank you and your team for helping me through this and of course funding it! Huge thanks to my mentor for putting up with me. She’s been brilliant. I am able to support my family now that I have regained my confidence and have secured a regular income after being out of work for a while.”
With the support of the project, 22 people have entered employment and others have entered volunteering placements, paid work opportunities or training. Training courses range from First Aid qualifications, retail or healthcare, construction safety cards and even HGV driver training.
Councillor Catrin Miles, Cabinet member with responsibility for Learning Services and Lifelong Learning said: “The project can help to source volunteering opportunities, paid work experience placements, employment opportunities and have good contacts with local employers. Support extends to people who are ‘in work poverty’ so if you are looking at improving your skills to enable you to get a better-paid job, then Communities For Work Plus could help you.”
Community Sponsorship to resettle Syrian refugees
FOLLOWING REFUGEE WEEK in June, Ceredigion residents are being encouraged to consider taking part in a community sponsorship scheme to host Syrian refugees.
Community Sponsorship was launched in 2016 and gives power to local volunteer groups to resettle a refugee family in their community.
Two Community Sponsorship schemes – Aberaid and Croeso Teifi – have already been established in Ceredigion. Both schemes have resettled two families each under Community Sponsorship.
Lindsey Gilroy from Aberystwyth’s Aberaid said: “It’s not easy. You have to raise at least £9,000 to cover costs like translation, furnishing the house and English lessons. You also have to get approval from Ceredigion County Council – they need to be confident that we are an organisation that is capable of providing the ongoing support that the families need.”
“However, despite the challenges, community sponsorship is an incredibly empowering and transformative process of taking leadership from the bottom up. We are all used to demanding action from government but community sponsorship enables people to take matters into our own hands and do it ourselves, which is hugely positive.”
Vicky Moller from Cardigan’s Croeso Teifi agreed. She said: “The council has been great, but there are a lot of bureaucratic hoops to jump through. It is very much worth it though. The families we have welcomed to Cardigan are very grateful and very keen to contribute to local life. Our first family arrived in 2017 and the children now speak English and Welsh.”
Councillor Ellen ap Gwynn is Ceredigion County Council’s Leader and is the Chair of the Ceredigion Refugee Resettlement Group. She said: “Community Sponsorship is a big commitment, but hugely rewarding. It is a practical way for local people to respond to the global refugee crisis.”
“The refugees have said they are grateful for the genuine welcome they have received in the UK, and Ceredigion communities have exemplified this warm welcome.”
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