BEN LAKE, Member of Parliament for Ceredigion is celebrating over £8.2 million of National Lottery funding being awarded to community projects across the constituency over the past five years. The money, raised by players for good causes, is being distributed by The National Lottery Community Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK.
Ben Lake attended an event in Parliament this week with the Fund, which is responsible for giving out money raised by National Lottery players for good causes. The MP heard about the community projects receiving funding and the difference they make.
The National Lottery Community Fund supports charities, community groups, and people with great ideas – local or national, large or small, no matter what their starting point. Information about how to apply for funding can be found on their website: www.tnlcommunityfund.org.uk
The MP is calling on local groups to find out how to apply for a National Lottery grant. Funding starts from just £300, and 90% of the grants made are for under £10,000.
Local projects to have benefited include HUTS, in Adpar, who received £495,979 in June 2018 to offer a peer-led befriending and outreach service to people in West Wales with mental health conditions, in addition to a drop-in service providing early intervention to people who have not yet been referred officially.
The Llandysul Family Centre were awarded £95,203 in November 2018 to increase family and community well-being in the area and to build on parent’s strength, empowering them to find solutions to situations and practice them in a safe place and then transfer them to their home life in the community.
Aberystwyth University Students Union received £23,000 in March 2019 to raise awareness and deliver training to increase the skills and knowledge of both staff and students around suicide prevention.
Therapies4Services were also successful and received £10,000 to set up a mentoring service for active soldiers, veterans and bereaved military families in order to help aid their mental wellbeing.
Ben Lake, Member of Parliament for Ceredigion, said: “It’s fantastic to hear that over £8.2 million of National Lottery funding has gone to community projects in Ceredigion. These groups are inspirational in the great work and support they provide to local people. Thanks to their effort and dedication, National Lottery money is helping communities to thrive and I would urge anybody else in my constituency with a great idea to see what funding they too could secure.”
John Rose, Wales Director at The National Lottery Community Fund, said: “Thanks to National Lottery players, this funding will help to improve the lives of people in the local community. We know that people understand what’s needed in their communities better than anyone else – that’s why when people are in the lead, communities thrive.”
Last year the Fund awarded over half a billion pounds (£508.5 million) and supported over 11,000 projects across the UK for health, education, environment and charitable purposes.
To find out more visit www.TNLCommunityFund.org.uk
Parents warned to look out for respiratory illness in children
RESPIRATORY Syncytial Virus (RSV) is circulating amongst children and toddlers in the Hywel Dda area (Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire)
Hywel Dda UHB Medical Director and Deputy Chief Executive Dr Philip Kloer said: “Because of the COVID restrictions, there have been few cases of RSV during the pandemic, but this virus has returned and in higher numbers now people are mixing more.
“RSV is a common respiratory illness which is usually picked up by children during the winter season, and causes very few problems to the majority of children. However, very young babies, particularly those born prematurely, and children with heart or lung conditions, can be seriously affected and it’s important that parents are aware of the actions to take.”
Parents are being encouraged to look out for symptoms of severe infection in at-risk children, including:
*a high temperature of 37.8°C or above (fever)
*a dry and persistent cough, difficulty feeding, rapid or noisy breathing (wheezing).
The best way to prevent RSV is to wash hands with soap and water or hand sanitiser regularly, dispose of used tissues correctly, and to keep surfaces clean and sanitised.
Most cases of bronchiolitis are not serious and clear up within 2 to 3 weeks, but you should contact your GP or call NHS 111 if:
- You are worried about your child.
- Your child has taken less than half their usual amount during the last two or three feeds, or they have had a dry nappy for 12 hours or more.
- Your child has a persistent high temperature of 37.8C or above.
- Your child seems very tired or irritable.
Dial 999 for an ambulance if:
- your baby is having difficulty breathing
- your baby’s tongue or lips are blue
- there are long pauses in your baby’s breathing
New Quay RNLI rescues person cut off by the tide
NEW Quay RNLI’s inshore lifeboat was launched on service on Saturday September 11 following a report of a person cut off by the tide at Traeth Gwyn, New Quay.
With three crew members on board the inshore lifeboat Audrey LJ it launched on service at 11.15am and did an extensive search of the beach before finding the casualty who had been cut off by the high spring tide.
Brett Stones, New Quay RNLI’s helm said, “There was an initial confusion on the location of the casualty but an update from the New Quay Coastguard Rescue team, who had fought their way down from the cliff top through thick undergrowth, allowed us to locate the person.
“We then transferred the casualty and two of the coastguard team onto the boat. We dropped the casualty off at Llanina Point and brought the two coastguard officers back to the lifeboat station. The inshore lifeboat was then rehoused and ready for service by 12.25pm.
“Remember if you see if you see anyone in difficulty or you find yourself in trouble on the coast call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.”
Ben Lake shows support for farmers on Back British Farming Day
BEN Lake MP has today shown support for British food and farming on Back British Farming Day, recognising the crucial role farmers in Ceredigion play in producing food for the nation.
The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) provided MPs with the emblem of the day – a wool and wheatsheaf pin badge – to enable them to join the celebration of agriculture. Food and farming is a key business sector, worth more than £120 billion to the UK economy and providing jobs for almost four million people.
The NFU chose the day to launch a new report which asks for Government to complete a comprehensive report on UK food security later this year, covering the country’s production of key foods and its contribution to global food security. This would be the first meaningful assessment of UK food security in over a decade.
Commenting, Ben Lake MP, said: “I’m proud to wear a pin badge today to show my support for Ceredigion’s fantastic farmers and growers. The day presents an opportunity to thank the farmers who feed us, as well as take care of our countryside and maintain our iconic Welsh landscapes.
“I fully support the campaign which is asking us all to value locally produced food. I will be calling on Government to adopt agricultural policies that ensure farming in Ceredigion can thrive and ensure our self-sufficiency does not fall below its current level of 60%, alongside a greater ambition in promoting Welsh food to aid UK food security.”
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