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Charity offers exam help to local youngsters

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KNOWN for its invaluable services to the young people of Cardigan, Area 43 has recently had its drop-in centre re-vamped in time to offer support and advice for school and college pupils with their exam results this summer.

The charity, which celebrated its 20th anniversary last year, will also launch two new websites this week: area43.co.uk will provide information on what Area 43 has to offer, and silver43.com will promote its own range of quality jewellery which has been created by young people who access the drop-in centre.

The whole building has been updated by local craftsmen ensuring that Area 43 is a vibrant, modern looking drop-in centre for those who need advice and support in whatever aspects of their lives. The website was also updated by a local company – Andy Mayer of Coast Web Solutions, Aberporth.

“I enjoy coming to Area 43 because I enjoy being creative. I like doing painting and I have enjoyed making jewellery, while being in a supportive environment. The staff always have a listening ear for any problems I may have and they advise me and help me to make the right decisions on how to go forward,” said one of the centre users.

Area 43 will this season concentrate on its jewellery venture. Established six years ago, Silver43 sees a collection made by young people who are the hardest to reach in the community and has provided fresh creative and marketing opportunities during that time.

The social enterprise donates all its profits to the Area 43 Charity, and has over the years, allowed the young people to gain a business knowledge, setting them up for future opportunities.

Another young person said: “We spent a month learning how to make the jewellery that is all sterling silver and semi-precious stones. We played around with several designs before moving forward to the next process of actually making the jewellery.”

Carol Ashling, a Youth Support Worker at Area 43 explained: “The young people were inspired by the nature in the area and they decided to base the range on the seashore, mountains, rivers and forests.”

Carol added: “Our aim has always been to be able to offer quality training and real jobs to young people for whom genuine opportunities are incredibly rare. This enterprise has enabled them to earn respect, move away from welfare benefits and encourage them to lead healthier lifestyles.”

Sally Jones, Area 43’s CEO added: “Our philosophy is to assist young people in developing self esteem and a positive approach to their lives and their place in society. We provide a space where they can relate to their peer group and to adult role models who encourage them to participate in learning experiences and decision-making processes. Developing this jewellery range, is just one scheme that is flowering at Area 43.

“We believe that the successful business not only benefits the young people who have made the jewellery, but all the young people who access the services that Area 43 offers both now, and in the future.”

Go online to view the stunning jewellery offered in the silver43.com range and visit area43.co.uk to find out more about what the Centre does for young people in this area.

If you’re aged 16 -25, whether you are getting exam results this summer or not, Area 43 are always happy to welcome new faces, call in and see them. If you would like to find out more about this organisation or the Silver 43 range of jewellery, the staff are always happy to talk about their work and can be contacted on 01239 614566 Monday to Friday.

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New international travel rules for Wales confirmed by First Minister

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International travel will restart for people in Wales from Monday 17 May, the Welsh Government has confirmed today.

As part of changes to Wales’ coronavirus regulations, people living in Wales will be able to travel to some overseas destinations without the need to quarantine on their return.

But additional safeguards will be put in place to help prevent new cases of coronavirus being imported into Wales.

A traffic lights system, aligned with England and Scotland, will be introduced. Countries will be classified as green, amber and red, depending on their rates of coronavirus.

Mandatory quarantine is in place for all people returning to the UK from countries on the amber and red lists. All people returning from overseas travel must have a PCR test.

First Minister Mark Drakeford said:

 “Wales, like other parts of the UK, will be restarting international travel. But protecting people’s health continues to be our top priority and we want to do everything we can to prevent coronavirus from being re-imported into Wales.

 “This will not be like travel in the past. Everyone travelling abroad will have to have a test when they come home and for many people, they will need to quarantine when they get home. There are significant fines in place for those who do not follow the legal requirements.

“Some countries are not yet opening up travel to people from the UK. It’s my strong advice that this is the year to stay at home and enjoy all that Wales has to offer.”

Under the international travel rules:

• People arriving from green-list countries are not required to quarantine on their return to Wales, but they must book and pay for a mandatory PCR test on or before day two of their return. All travellers and members of their household will also be reminded about the availability of additional lateral flow tests to continue to monitor their health.

• People arriving from amber-list countries are required to quarantine for 10 days at home on their return. This is a legal requirement. They are also required to book and pay for mandatory PCR tests on day two and on day eight. Unlike in England, Wales does not operate a test-to-release scheme where an additional test can be taken on day five to reduce the period of quarantine. This is because some 30% of people who develop Covid-19 do so after day five.

• People arriving from countries on the red list are required to quarantine for a full 10 days on arrival in the UK at a designated UK port in a government-managed facility – a ‘covid hotel’ – at their own cost, starting from £1,750 per person. All UK entry points for arrivals from red-list countries are in England and Scotland, which means Welsh residents returning from those countries will need to quarantine outside Wales. Travellers are also required to book and pay for mandatory PCR tests on day two and day eight.

All those who do not follow the rules for red-list countries face fixed notice penalties of £10,000.

Welsh residents must also consult the requirements for visitors for any country they plan to travel to. Restrictions may be in place, including proof of vaccination, tests, quarantine and reasons for entry.

Vaccination status certificates will be available for people in Wales who have had two doses of their vaccination and need to urgently travel to a country that requires covid vaccination proof from Monday 24 May.

The First Minister added:

“We call on people to think about whether they need to travel overseas at this time. We should be cautious about going abroad in light of the ongoing risk of coronavirus and the presence of variants of concern in many countries.

“My clear message to everyone is make Wales your destination of choice this year.”

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Date for re-opening leisure facilities brought forward

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AS A RESULT of the current infection rates in the county and the latest Public Health Wales advice, a decision has been made to bring forward the date of the re-opening of indoor sport and physical activity provision in Ceredigion County Council operated facilities.

The updated timetable is:

  • Wellbeing Walks – 17 May
  • Outdoor Exercise Classes; Community Organisations use of Outdoor Facilities including Astro Turf Pitches (Lampeter, Ysgol Bro Teifi and Synod Inn), Playing Fields – 28 May onwards
  • Indoor Leisure Facilities at Aberaeron Leisure Centre, Lampeter Leisure Centre, Lampeter Swimming Pool, and Penglais School Sports Hall including Community Organisation use – Week commencing 07 June onwards.

The activities remain dependent on there being no significant increase in the number of cases in the county.

The significant decommissioning and re-instatement works have commenced at Plascrug Leisure Centre following its use as a field hospital.  No date has been set for its re-opening at present. 

Cardigan Leisure Centre remains closed as it is currently being used by Hywel Dda University Health Board as a Mass Vaccination Centre.

Further information will be available on the Ceredigion Actif Website, www.ceredigionactif.org.uk and Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.

We would like to thank all users of these facilities for their understanding during this challenging period. We are looking forward to welcoming you back to our activity sessions and facilities.

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Join the Dyfed-Powys Police and Crime Panel as an independent member

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THE Dyfed Powys Police and Crime Panel is looking for two members to join them in their work to support and challenge the Dyfed Powys Police and Crime Commissioner.

The Panel is made of up of members nominated by Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and Powys county councils along with at least two independent members.

Opportunities have now arisen for two independent members to join the Panel and carry out key statutory roles that will support the Commissioner exercise his role effectively.

Members will be expected to attend and take part in regular meetings and take part in decision making, creating reports and making recommendations to the Commissioner.

They will review the Commissioner’s annual draft Police and Crime Plan and annual draft budget, review and scrutinise his decisions and actions, and if necessary review the proposed appointment or removal of the Chief Constable and other senior police force appointments.

Applicants will need to demonstrate that they can take a balanced and objective approach in supporting the Panel and the Commissioner, make strategic and well-informed decisions, and interpret and question financial, statistical and performance related information.

They will also need to be able to act as a ‘critical friend’, challenging views or proposals for change constructively.

Applications close on May 31, and appointments to the Panel will be made until October 31, 2024. 

For further information, visit www.dppoliceandcrimepanel.wales

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