CEREDIGION RESIDENTS Neville Morgan Thomas, Ed Goodliffe and Ian Townrow have all benefited from the help of employment and volunteering support service Workways+ through an outreach programme run by the Cardigan based mental health recovery centre, Kinora.
Kinora hosts a number of outreach programmes that helps support mental health recovery. Workways+ has been part of one of these programmes to help people improve their lives through volunteering, training, work experience and employment opportunities.
Neville, Ed and Ian have all faced challenges in their lives. Neville, aged 55 had a nervous breakdown that led to a suicide attempt. He has not been able to work for 20 years. Ed, aged 38, struggled with drug addiction for over 20 years. Ian aged 56 is autistic and has suffered from severe depression.
Funded by Workways+ with support given from Wendy Fitzpatrick, Workways+ Mentor, both Ed and Neville successfully completed a ‘safe strimmer handling’ training course and are now qualified. In addition, Workways+ helped Ed secure a paid job as a dishwasher in a local café, which he’s delighted with.
Participant Neville said: “It’s been brilliant to be able to get a qualification, it has really made me feel more confident. Workways+ has been great.”
Ed added: “The social part of the course was great and getting the qualification is an achievement. Getting out in the fresh air and helping the community is something I really enjoy. I don’t think I could have done this without the support of Workways+.”
Gary Yeomans, Kinora Centre Manager said: “Kinora has been supported by Workways + over the last year to support people to gain a range of qualifications to improve their confidence and make them ready for volunteering or employment. They have supported people through the whole process from form filling to being there on the day of the training. They have shown dedication, patience and humour in the way they have supported people.”
Kinora, Cardigan-based mental health recovery centre, offers support and advice to anyone who needs it. It’s open four days (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday) and one evening a week (Wednesday) and operates as a drop-in centre where everyone is welcome.
Gary Yeomans continued, “Courses completed this year include ‘safe use of strimmer’ a fully accredited qualification and a first aid course. The Workways+ team takes time to select the appropriate training provider to meet service user needs. Gaining qualifications is so important for work readiness but along with this, we have seen confidence, self-esteem and wellbeing improve as a result of achieving qualifications.
“On behalf of Kinora I would like to thank the Workways+ team for all their help and support this year. The project really does make a difference to people’s lives.”
Councillor Ellen ap Gwynn, Leader of Ceredigion County Council said: “It is great to see that Ed, Neville and Paul have been given support to help them progress and improve their lives. Workways+ is committed to taking their services into the community and their excellent work with the Cardigan based social enterprise Kinora is a great example of this. I would ask people that are interested in volunteering and employment to contact Workways+ and get the help they need.”
Improvement notices issued to two Cardigan premises
ON NOVEMBER 18, 2020, two Cardigan businesses were required to improve their measures to minimise the risk of exposure to coronavirus on their premises.
T Samways High Class Butchers, Pendre Cardigan and Cardigan Fried Chicken, Pendre Cardigan were both served with an improvement notice on Wednesday 18th November 2020 after officers from Ceredigion County Council’s Public Protection Team visited the premises.
Following reports from members of the public, officers found that improvements were needed in both premises to ensure compliance with the regulations. The improvements require persons responsible for the premises to ensure that staff wear face coverings within the main shop and or public areas of the premises to maintain hygiene.
These businesses were granted 48 hours to correct the issues that had been highlighted or further enforcement action would be considered, including the option to issue closure notices.
On November 20, 2020, Officers returned to T Samways High Class Butchers and Cardigan Fried Chicken and were satisfied that the reasonable measures were now in place and the Improvement Notices were subsequently terminated.
The Premises Improvement Notices, served under the Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions)(No. 4)(Wales) Regulations 2020, were issued at both premises on Wednesday November 18, 2020.
Police and Crime Commissioner to broadcast live conversation with Health Board
ON WEDNESDAY evening, November 25, Police and Crime Commissioner Dafydd Llywelyn will broadcast a live conversation with Hywel Dda University Health Board Chief Executive, Steve Moore on social media.
Steve Moore will be PCC Llywelyn’s fourth guest on his fortnightly Facebook live broadcast series, Commissioner in Conversation following on from previous broadcasts with Dyfed-Powys Chief Constable Mark Collins, Superintendent Ifan Charles, and Deputy Chief Constable Claire Parmenter.
Police and Crime Commissioner Dafydd Llywelyn, said; “It will be a privilege for me to have Steve Moore as a guest on my next Commissioner in Conversation broadcast. This year has been such a challenging year for our Health Board, and the NHS across the UK, with their staff being at the frontline, working hard to fight the pandemic, and saving lives on the way.
“This broadcast will be an opportunity for me to have an informal conversation with Steve to hear about his personal experiences of recent months, how the Health Board has dealt with all the challenges and the pressure, and to celebrate the fantastic work of his staff.
“We will not only concentrate on the COVID-19 pandemic, we will also discuss some partnership working between the NHS and the Police, how we often support each other, and as usual, I will try to get to know a little more about the person behind the name, his background and his journey to reach the position of Chief Executive at Hywel Dda University Health Board.”
Steve was appointed as Chief Executive at Hywel Dda UHB in 2014 following a career within both the public and private sectors. Like the rest of the UK, the NHS here in Dyfed Powys has seen significant challenges during the past few years but also significant advancements in care and outcomes for patients.
Steve Moore, Chief Executive Hywel Dda Health Board said: “The NHS is an institution that most of us hold very dear as it supports us from cradle to grave and can have a huge impact on our lives.
“I’m really looking forward to my conversation with the Commissioner as so many of our challenges, and indeed opportunities, are shared; and I’m particularly looking forward to receiving questions or input from social media users as well. COVID-19 has made us all look to new ways of connecting and I hope this provides an opportunity for people to find out more and for us to listen to the views of our communities and individuals.”
PCC Dafydd Llywelyn added; “This, again, will be a live broadcast, so please join us on our Facebook page, and feel free to leave your comments and questions, and as usual, we will try to reply best we can during the conversation.
Commissioner in Conversation with Steve Moore will be broadcasted live on www.facebook.com/DPOPCC at 8pm on November 25, on the eve of Police and Crime Commissioner Dafydd Llywelyn’s November virtual Community Engagement Day, where he will be spending the day meeting with several partners and organisations as well as community representatives.
Schools and Businesses in Ceredigion close following a rise in coronavirus cases
THE rise in cases of coronavirus in Ceredigion is a result of people mixing with other households and socially says council.
A spokesperson said that the number of contacts for each positive coronavirus case is increasing, which shows people are mixing more socially.
Seven schools have already closed and several businesses have been issued with closure orders.
The number of daily cases now stand at the highest since the pandemic began.
A number of businesses have already been served with closure notices for breaking regulations.
Seven schools have closed for a two week period starting Monday, November 27 and are due to re-open on December 7.
Schools which are closed ofr two week period are: Ysgol Uwchradd Aberteifi, Ysgol Gynradd Aberteifi, Ysgol Gynradd Penparc, Ysgol Gynradd Aberporth, Ysgol Gynradd T.Llew Jones, Ysgol Gynradd Llechryd and Ysgol Gynradd Cenarth.
A small number of pupils at Ysgol Gyfun Penglais, Aberystwyth have been asked to self-isolate for 14 days following the confirmation of a further COVID-19 case at the school.
All confirmed contacts of the positive case must remain at home for 14 days to reduce the possible spread of the virus to family, friends and the wider community. The pupils will be taught remotely for this period.
A council spokesperson said: “We are now seeing the virus spreading in our communities, several of which can be traced back to super spreader events such as parties and social gatherings.
“This kind of behaviour is totally irresponsible and is putting the health of our loved ones at risk, is having a direct impact on the education of our children and is putting pressure on the NHS.
“Contact tracing has identified that the number of contacts for each positive case has increased, which tells us that people are mixing households and are mixing socially.
“The council has taken action and has served several businesses with improvement and closure notices where they have been breaking coronavirus regulations.
“The council will continue to issue notice where we become aware of concerns or breaches.
“Members of the public are urged to inform us if they have any concerns that a business in Ceredigion does not have adequate measures in place to operate safely.
Stay apart to play your part. By doing this, we will be protecting the health and wellbeing of our most vulnerable, including care services for the elderley and those whose medical conditions make them particularly at risk from Covid-19.
“We will be protecting the education provision within schools, colleges and universities. We will enable the local economy to survive the winter months.
“Together, we can keep Ceredigion safe.”
The council have issued the following guidance to residents:
- Keep a 2m social distance from each other when out and about – indoors and outdoors;
- Wash your hands regularly;
- Limit your social contact;
- Work from home wherever possible;
- Households are able to form a ‘bubble’ with one other – that bubble arrangement cannot be swapped, changed, or extended further than one household;
- People are allowed to meet with others from outside that bubble in a regulated venue, such as a pub or restaurant where there are strict safety protocols in place, but the maximum number of people that can meet is four and even then social distancing should be maintained wherever possible;
- Wear a face mask in indoor public places, shops and on public transport;
- Self-isolate immediately at the first sign of any COVID-19 symptoms and arrange a test immediately, only leaving home to get tested. A test needs to be booked online or by phoning 119.
Chief Education Officer for Ceredigion County Council said: “We are extremely concerned about the spread of coronavirus in the Cardigan area.
“A significant number of recent positive cases has resulted in a very high number of people being classed as contacts to a positive case.
“Many of these contacts now have coronavirus symptoms and we are awaiting the test results.
“There is overwhelming evidence that the speed of the virus in the Cardigan area means that immediate action is needed.”
The Council urges all parents to refer their children for a test if they develop any of the symptoms, which are:
- a high temperature
- a new continuous cough
- a loss or change to sense of smell or taste.
You can apply for a test on https://gov.wales/apply-coronavirus-covid-19-test or by phoning 119.
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