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Man and woman in River Teifi saved by Cardigan man

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TWO PEOPLE were rescued from the River Teifi by a Cardigan man after they had fallen out of an inflatable dingy and began to be swept out to sea by the out-going tide.

On Thursday evening (June 27) at around 7:15pm, 49 year-old Titus Sharp was walking on Poppit Sands with a friend.

A man and a woman – understood to be from the Cardigan area – had gone into the estuary on an inflatable from the Gwbert side of the river but soon hit trouble and overturned.

The pair struggled to hold on to the inflatable, as the strong ebb tide was pushed along by an easterly wind.

Titus, who works as a mental health support worker, noticed them from the shore and realised the pair were in real danger. He said: “I had seen them in the river and knew they were in trouble before they fell off.

“I saw they had overturned and were floating around. They were just about managing to cling on but it was a fast-flowing tide and going out very quickly.

“I did not have my mobile phone on me but ran along the beach and managed to find someone who had a phone and he was able to call the Coastguard.

“I ran back as fast as I could, stripped off and dived into the river. I just had to make that call and I swam out to them about 30 metres and pulled them back in.

“The woman was really struggling, a bit panicky and very, very anxious and the man was struggling too – it was a close call but they managed to hang on to the inflatable and I swam them back in.

“The first question I asked them when I got them back to the beach was how many of them was there, I was so relieved when they said just the two of them.”

Titus is the son of the late Charlie Sharp, the former helmsman on the Cardigan Lifeboat who passed away last year.

Charlie himself was hailed a hero and given a top bravery award for the rescue of a man in the River Teifi back in 2003, when he dived in and saved a man from drowning at Prince Charles Quay.

“I was a beach lifeguard when I was younger and it is really thanks to my dad that I know the river so well and what to do,” Titus added.

“I just don’t think people realise how dangerous the conditions can be.”

Cardigan lifeboat crew had been preparing to launch after the alarm had been raised by the Coastguard.

“The lifeboat crew were paged at 19.25hrs, and Cardigan’s Atlantic class lifeboat was preparing to launch at 19.35hrs when the launch was cancelled by the Coastguard when it became apparent that the two persons had made it ashore with the assistance of the members of the public,” said an RNLI spokesman.

With the hot weather and holidays approaching, the RNLI is urging people to follow safety guidelines if they are going to use any inflatables at any time whilst near water.

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Ceredigion Youth Service’s Summer Activity Programme

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THIS YEAR, Ceredigion Youth Service’s Summer Programme offers a wide range of activities over a period of four weeks during the summer holidays. There are 19 different projects, activities, workshops and events planned for young people aged 11-25 from across the county.

Activities this year focus on topics such as employability and upskilling, health and wellbeing, participation, sport and leisure and the environment. Young People will have the opportunity to develop new and existing skills including self-esteem, confidence, communication and problem-solving. They’ll all be held in fun environments where they’re able to meet new people, gain accreditation and participate in a range of activities.

Activities include a summer camp, an adventure residential stay, mountain biking, trips, taster workshops and more.

Gethin Jones is Ceredigion Youth Service’s Principal Youth Officer. He said: “The Summer Programme has been a big success for a number of years. It is of great importance to us that we continue to offer both targeted and open access opportunities for young people during school holidays, as well as term time so that support and engagement is available to young people throughout the year.

“The program offers a range of fantastic opportunities for young people from all across the county to get involved with, providing them with valuable opportunities and experiences that educate, build skills and develop confidence and esteem.”

Councillor Catrin Miles is the Cabinet member responsible for Learning Services, Lifelong Learning & Leisure. She said: “The Ceredigion Youth Service is providing a quality service which is clearly beneficial to our young people over the summer. The activities are great opportunities not only to enjoy but also to develop educationally, personally and socially.”

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Ceredigion Autism Conference 2019

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ON JULY 5, 2019, Ceredigion Autism Spectrum Team and Aberystwyth University Accessibility Services hosted the Ceredigion Autism Conference at Aberystwyth University.

At the sixth annual conference, autistic people focused on what is important to them about how other people think about autism. They also looked at how they are supported if and when they need support, and how other people can help them to build self-esteem, confidence and identity.

The conference was attended by over 130 people, bringing together autistic people, parents, carers and professionals from health, education and social care services and the voluntary sector. The agenda promoted our shared ethos and vision of understanding autism as a different way of thinking, learning and being; different but equally valuable.

Councillor Alun Williams, Ceredigion County Council’s Cabinet member with responsibility for Adult’s Services and Champion for people with learning disabilities co-chaired the conference with John Harrington Head of Accessibility Services, Aberystwyth University. The conference was opened by Carys James, Corporate Lead Officer for Children and Adult Services.

Councillor Williams said: “This was the sixth autism conference to be held in Aberystwyth and once again was very well attended. Whilst the audience was a healthy mix of autistic people, friends and carers alongside professionals working in related fields, the speakers and panellists were all autistic people. This allowed them to set the agenda and provided a unique learning opportunity for professionals to better understand the kind of support that can make a positive difference and to further improve the services we provide in Ceredigion.”

John Harrington said: “It is always an immense privilege to co-host the Ceredigion Autism Conference at Aberystwyth University. This year’s line-up of key note speakers were all inspirational and thought provoking about their autistic journeys through life.”

Key notes speakers this year were Chris Bonnello, who gave his 11 top tips for building autistic adults and children; Marianthi Kourti, who spoke about the challenges of being an autistic autism professional; and Kieran Rose, who gave a moving and insightful presentation about the effects of ‘masking’ and about what needs to change for autistic people to be fully accepted and supported.

For the closing session of the day, local autistic individuals joined the key speakers to form an expert panel, giving their experiences and perspectives of support services and answering questions from the audience.

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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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