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Ceredigion Youth Service launches new INSPIRE programme

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A NEW personal and social development programme for young people has been launched in Ceredigion by the Ceredigion Youth Service. The Inspire programme is a 12-week programme for young people aged 16-25.

The programme gives young people opportunities to access planned weekly youth work provision and professional support, to help them reach their future goals. Activities include team building workshops, vocational taster courses at Ceredigion Training and Dysgu Bro, Creativity workshop with Ceredigion Museum, a Sea Voyage experience and much more.

The young people will work towards achieving an Agored Cymru Level 1 Award in Personal and Social Education. They will have the opportunity to progress towards the Level 1 Certificate, which is an equivalent GCSE D-G grade.

Under the programme, four young people recently participated in a Sea Voyage experience with Challenge Wales, a Cardiff-based charity. The charity gives young people and adults funded opportunities to experience new ways of learning and to develop their interpersonal skills. The four young people involved helped navigate the 60ft schooner from Pwllheli to Neyland over a 2 day period. They developed their personal and social skills by working as part of a team and experience the work needed to sail at sea.

The Inspire programme also gives young people involved an opportunity to plan their own community project. The Youth Service were successful in attaining a Youth Led Grant of £500 from CAVO, which will now be used to support the young people with project planning and delivery. The young people will work together for a 6-week period to identify a community need and use the funding to plan an event to benefit that community.

Ceredigion Youth Service’s Principal Youth Officer, Gethin Jones, said: “The Inspire programme is an example of positive Youth Work provision, as it is led by the young people and the focus is on their personal development. The programme’s aim is to build their experiences and skills through introducing them to various activities and taster courses; and then supporting them to develop their own community project, helping them to develop important life skills and also to integrate with a community in which they feel is important.”

At the end of the programme, the young people will have one-to-one sessions with a Communities for Work+ Mentor and Youth Worker, to focus on the next step and what is required for them to reach their goal. This could be employment, further training and/or education or other opportunities. The programme works in close partnership with other youth support services, such as CCC’s ESF project Cam Nesa, in providing more intensive support with aspects such as health and wellbeing.

Councillor Catrin Miles, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Lifelong Learning, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for young people in Ceredigion to get involved in new, exciting activities and courses that will help develop skills and qualities that are required for their future aspirations. It’s so pleasing to see the Youth Service continuing to develop programmes such as this to benefit the lives of young people.”

For more information about this programme, or to find out what other opportunities are available to you, head over to CYS Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages at @GICeredigionYS, website www.giceredigionys.co.uk or contact the Team on youth@ceredigion.gov.uk.

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Jail after heroin worth £45,000 seized

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AN ABERYSTYWYTH woman has been jailed, and an organised crime gang disrupted, after heroin worth £45,000 was found at her home.

Dyfed-Powys Police found more than 400g of the class A drug during a warrant at Susan Marie Proffitt’s home – resulting in one of the force’s largest single seizures of heroin in Ceredigion.

The result has disrupted an active organised crime gang supplying class A drugs to the area.

Sergeant Steven Jones said: “This swift and thorough investigation involved officers and staff from departments across the division, who worked together to secure this result.

“The defendant had a huge amount of heroin at her home, with efforts taken to conceal bags of the drug around the property.

“There is no doubt that in taking Proffitt out of the supply chain we will have disrupted an organised crime gang which she was a trusted part of in supplying heroin into the division.”

Officers carried out a warrant at the 52-year-old’s home in South Road on August 30, 2020.

On searching the property, a box containing 408g of heroin was found concealed in a vent under the staircase, and two further wraps were found in a shower head bracket. Fingerprint marks matching those of Proffitt were found on these items.

Four mobile phones were also seized from the property.

Sgt Jones said: “The quantity of heroin recovered is far in excess of what he would expect to see someone who is simply a user to be in possession of for their own use.

“Given the value of the heroin recovered and the financial circumstances of the defendant, we were confident it was unlikely she would be able to fund a purchase of such a quantity of heroin without being involved in the supply of drugs.

“The only realistic reason for possessing this quantity of heroin was for supply onto others.”

Proffitt was charged with possession with intent to supply, and pleaded guilty. She was sentenced to 57 months in prison when she appeared at Swansea Crown Court on Thursday, November 26.

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New permanent walk-in test centre opens in Aberystwyth

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PEOPLE in Aberystwyth with symptoms of COVID-19 now have access to a permanent walk-in testing facility.

Hywel Dda University Health Board has arranged for a Local Testing Site (LTS) to be located inside the former Padarn Nursery building, (behind, but not connected to, Padarn Surgery), on Penglais Road.

Local people should avoid using the nearby nursery car park, leaving it free for those people accessing tests to park there. People who attend the walk-in centre must wear a face covering.

Meanwhile, the drive-through facility at Canolfan Rheidol has now been relocated to Cardigan in response to a rise in cases in that area. Residents of Aberystwyth will not be impacted by this move as there is plenty of testing capacity at the LTS.

Alison Shakeshaft, Director of Therapies & Health Science at Hywel Dda University Health Board, said: “We are very pleased to have secured this LTS for the people of Aberystwyth. Many residents in the town, including students, do not have their own private vehicle in order to access drive-through testing facilities, so the option of a walk-in facility is very important.

“This is a challenging time and I urge everyone to remain vigilant and follow the rules, including wearing face coverings where required, maintain social distancing, washing hands regularly, or using a hand sanitiser if hand washing is not possible.”

Anyone who has symptoms of the virus (a new persistent cough, high temperature or loss/change of taste or smell) must book a test as soon as possible.  This can be done through the online UK portal at www.gov.wales/coronavirus.

University students with COVID-19 symptoms, when booking a test, are required to provide their local address in Aberystwyth.

Please do not book a test if you do not have COVID-19 symptoms and do not attend testing centres without booking first as you will not be seen without an appointment.

Please follow the latest self-isolation guidelines which can be found here.

For the latest news and updated from Hywel Dda University Health Board visit https://hduhb.nhs.wales/

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Improvements required at a pub in Devil’s Bridge

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A HOSPITALITY business in Devil’s Bridge has been required to make improvements to safeguard the public’s health and well-being as part of the coronavirus regulations.

A Premises Improvement Notice has been served to The Hafod, Devil’s Bridge, Aberystwyth by Ceredigion County Council’s Public Protection Officers due to non-compliance with The Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (No. 4) (Wales) Regulations 2020.

As part of the Premises Improvement Notice, the Premises must ensure that a distance of 2 metres is maintained between any persons on the premises, and put measures in place which limit close face to face interaction and maintain hygiene. 

These measures will need to be implemented by 17:00 on November 27, 2020. The full notice can be seen on the Council’s website under Improvement and Closure Notices.

Information for businesses is available on the Council’s website under Supporting Ceredigion’s Economy.

Any business who is unsure of their responsibilities is urged to check the Welsh Government website

Any business that requires further information or guidance can contact the council’s Licensing Team on 01545 570881 or clic@ceredigion.gov.uk.

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