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Ceredigion Language Charter awards ceremony

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ON THURSDAY February 19, the Ceredigion Welsh Language Charter awards ceremony was held at the Guild Hall in Cardigan to celebrate the
achievement of over 30 businesses and organisations from Cardigan and surrounding area in providing Welsh language and bilingual services to customers.

The Ceredigion Language Charter was launched in 2011 by the partnership group Dyfodol Dwyieithog in 2011 and the project is run by Cered, the Welsh Language Initiative in Ceredigion. Since its launch, over 200 businesses and organisations have signed up and received a bronze, silver or gold award for services provided through the medium of Welsh and bilingually. The Ceredigion Language Charter is open to every organization, institution, service club or business in Ceredigion.

“The Charter has been a useful resource to highlight and raise awareness of the Welsh language within businesses, community groups and organisations” says Ann Joyner, Cered’s Information Officer “and the self-assessment questionnaire has proven really user-friendly for each group or business to consider its Welsh and bilingual provision.”

The award ceremony was chaired by the Leader of Ceredigion County Council, Cllr Ellen ap Gwynn and she was joined by Cardigan Town Mayor, Cllr Graham Evans in presenting the many bronze, silver and gold awards to representatives from the businesses and organisations.

“We are extremely proud to see so many organisations sign up to the language charter and gain awards for their commitment to providing Welsh language and bilingual services” said Cllr ap Gwynn, “The Welsh Language Charter contributes to Ceredigion’s integrated plan ‘Ceredigion for All’ and this awards evening is something to truly celebrate.”

Cered supports groups, businesses and organisations to sign up for the Charter and to support those who want to raise the standard of provision from bronze to silver, and from silver to Gold.

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New Children’s Book based on local fisherman

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CHILDREN’S AUTHOR Natalie L Davies has written a story based on local man, Mickey Beechey, of Llangrannog.

The book is available on Amazon.

Natalie said: “I’ve written a series of children’s books with the central character, the lovely ‘Mickey the Fisherman’. The first book is called ‘Pollution’, and is a bright colourful and fun book with a valuable message.”

The book is available to buy on Amazon in both paperback and kindle, and can be found at: mybook.to/mickeythefisherman.

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Council supports the Learning Disabilities ‘My Charter’

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CABINET members and senior officers in Ceredigion have signed ‘My Charter’. In doing so, Ceredigion County Council have become the first council to sign up to the charter. My Charter was written by people who have learning disabilities in West Wales.

The charter says that people who have learning disabilities want to have more chances in life, more choice and to be listened to. It also says that people who have learning disabilities want to be treated as adults, to be given dignity and respect and that their information is kept private.

Councillor Alun Williams is the Cabinet member responsible for Adult Services. He said: “People with learning disabilities have the same aspirations, hopes and feelings as everyone else. They deserve the same services and to be treated equally in a way that’s appropriate to their needs. I’m delighted that Ceredigion has become the first council to sign the charter, and I’m looking forward to seeing how this can positively influence the way our population of people with learning disabilities are treated in the future.”

The charter was developed by people who have learning disabilities from across Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire.

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Ceredigion Leisure Centres Summer holiday programme

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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.

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