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Ceredigion Youth Service delivers surf project

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OVER the summer, the Ceredigion Youth Service – working in partnership with Walkin’ on Water Surf School – coordinated and delivered an eight-week targeted Surf Project.

The project aimed to work with young people aged between 11-16 to develop their self-confidence and reduce their anxiety whilst providing surfing opportunities in a safe, fun and relaxed environment with experienced instructors.

Six participants from Ysgol Uwchradd Aberteifi were selected to take part in the project. Each participant noted an increase in their self-esteem and self-confidence levels as a result of the project, some of them described the project as, “an amazing opportunity!” and “being in the sea makes me feel happy”.

The project was offered free of charge to young people and was fully funded by BBC Children in Need. All equipment was provided by Walkin’ on Water Surf School and transport for participants was provided by Ceredigion Youth Service.

Gavin Witte, Youth and Community Worker said, “The surf project was the first of its kind for Ceredigion Youth Service, in partnership with Walkin’ on Water Surf School and it was a great success. I’m pleased with how the project went, and it was fantastic to see young people’s confidence, self-esteem and other interpersonal skills develop through being in the water and learning the basics of surfing. We’re very grateful to Walkin’ on Water Surf School and BBC Children in Need for providing us with the opportunity to host this project. We hope to be able to deliver similar projects for young people across the county in the near future.”

Councillor Catrin Miles, Cabinet Member responsible for Learning Services, Lifelong Learning and Leisure said, “Well done to all the young people that took part in this opportunity to brave the waters and learn to surf together on the Ceredigion Coast. It’s great to hear that Ceredigion Youth Service teamed up other with partner organisations to coordinate positive experiences like this whilst benefiting from the great outdoor experience our county has to offer.”

Youth Clubs around the county have now recommenced for the autumn term, to find out more about what Ceredigion Youth Service has to offer, visit their website, www.giceredigionys.co.uk and social media pages @GICeredigionYS or get in touch on 01545572352 or youth@ceredigion.gov.uk.

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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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