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Bodlondeb closes doors for last time

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BODLONDEB RESIDENTIAL CARE HOME’S doors have closed for the last time after the remaining resident moved into a new home.

The closure follows the Healthier Communities Overview and Scrutiny Committee’s endorsement of the Cabinet’s decision to permanently discontinue provision of residential care and all other services at Bodlondeb by 31 March 2018.

Social Services staff have worked with residents and their families to find new suitable accommodation before final arrangements were made to close the home.

Councillor Catherine Hughes, the Cabinet Member responsible for Social Services said, “Following the difficult decision to close Bodlondeb, we must thank the residents, families and staff members for working together to ensure the transfer of residents went as smoothly as possible to their new homes. Staff at the home have been involved in the whole process and the Council is working hard to ensure their future within the care sector in Ceredigion.”

The decision to close Bodlondeb was made in the context of care regulations that limited the home’s capacity for use and a high number of empty rooms across Ceredigion County residential care homes, as older people increasingly opt for care in their own homes.

The proposal to close the home was the third option considered by the Council, after attempts to identify a private provider that could provide dementia nursing care, and providing an integrated health and social care mental health facility in Bodlondeb proved unfeasible.

A spokersperson for the Save Bodlondeb campaign told us: “Today’s news means the end of a systematic process, going back several years, to dispose of one of best regarded and well run residential care homes in the County. This in the teeth of the worst winter crisis period ever experienced.

“Neither the option to provide dementia care nor the establishing of an integrated mental health unit would have seen a place for the existing residents at Bodlondeb.

“The fact that the Council’s press release states that closure was the only other option considered proves that the Council’s consultation over Bodlondeb was a complete sham, fuelled by half truths and misleading information.

“Our sincere condolences go to the families of the three residents who passed away during the process, while our thoughts are with those residents who endured the upheaval of moving only to find that their new accommodation was no larger nor as well equipped as those at Bodlondeb. ‘Shame on those few officers and elected members who forced this plan through without ever having the courage to put the issue of closing Bodlondeb to the full Council.”

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Free parking in Ceredigion

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Car parking will be free in all Ceredigion County Council operated Pay and Display car parks on the three Saturdays before Christmas this year.

Parking charges at council operated Pay and Display car parks will be waived on December 7, 14 and 21 2019.

Rhodri Llwyd is Ceredigion County Council’s Corporate Lead Officer responsible for Highways and Environmental Services. He said. “Small businesses will be competing against online businesses for trade this Christmas. We want to do what we can to support Ceredigion businesses at this important time of year. We hope this step encourages more of us to shop locally this Christmas and enjoy what fantastic Ceredigion businesses have to offer.”

This decision contributes towards one of the council’s corporate priorities of boosting the economy.

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Ysgol Bro Pedr raise funds for life saving machine

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PUPILS at Ysgol Bro Pedr have raised enough money to buy a defibrillator machine for the school.

The idea came after 15 Year 11 pupils achieved their Level 3 Emergency First Aid Qualification with Ceredigion Youth Service. Pupils felt that it was incredibly important that they and others at the school had the skills, knowledge and equipment to use in an emergency.

Mrs Caryl Jones and pupils raised an outstanding £1,150 through organising a bake sale at the school on 28 March 2019. The school extends their thanks to Lampeter businesses ‘Oh My Cod’ and ‘Y Becws’ for their kind contribution towards the sale.

Guto Crompton, School Based Youth Worker said: “Although first aid is not a mandatory part of the school curriculum in Wales, young people at Ysgol Bro Pedr felt that it should be something that all pupils knew about. This would help them to know what to do in an emergency, whether that be in the school or out in the community. Pupils worked hard to achieve their First Aid qualification which covered aspect such as CPR, casualty management and the use of a defibrillator.”

The defibrillator machine will be placed in the school reception.

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It’s not too late: Ceredigion residents still have time to register to vote

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“CEREDIGION residents still have time to register to vote in the General Election on 12 December,” said the council’s Chief Executive and Acting Returning Officer, Eifion Evans.

Residents still have time to register to vote and to arrange postal or proxy votes if they want to do so. The deadline to register to vote is midnight on November 26. The deadline to register for a postal vote is 5pm on November 26 and the deadline to register for a proxy vote is 5pm on December 4.

Mr Evans continued, “Some residents may want to register for postal vote or a proxy vote. This could help people avoid possible wintry conditions of a December election, or young people who have moved out of county to study but still want to vote in Ceredigion.”

Residents can register to vote by using this link: https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote or by calling the council’s Electoral Services Team on 01545 570 881.

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