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Ceredigion Youth Council given chance to have their say

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ON JULY 12 2019, Ceredigion Youth Council took over the Council Chambers to host a ‘question time’ event which they had organised and led. The event was an opportunity for them to ask questions regarding issues which affect young people, to a panel of influential decision-makers.

The panel members were Ben Lake MP; Sally Holland, Children and Young People’s Commissioner for Wales; Barry Rees, Corporate Director for Ceredigion County Council and Ros Jervis, Director of Public Health, Hywel Dda University Health Board. A number of questions were prepared and presented to the panel by members of Ceredigion Youth Council which focused on topics including mental health, transport, the Welsh language, plastic pollution, education and a curriculum for life.

Thomas Kendall, Ceredigion’s Member of Youth Parliament and Youth Council member said: “As a member of Ceredigion Youth Council, I was very pleased for the opportunity to discuss various topics with an enthusiastic and knowledgeable panel. It was a pleasure to be involved in interesting and positive discussions about diverse issues which affect young people in our county today.”

Barry Rees, Corporate Director for Ceredigion County Council said: “It was a pleasure to be invited to be on the panel to discuss important themes affecting young people in Ceredigion. The standard and maturity of the discussion was exceptional, which is very encouraging for the future of our county.”

The event was opened and closed by the Member of UK Youth Parliament for Ceredigion, Thomas Kendall and Deputy for Ceredigion, Huw Jones and hosted by former Ceredigion Member of Youth Parliament, Wil Jac Rees

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Free parking in Ceredigion

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Car parking will be free in all Ceredigion County Council operated Pay and Display car parks on the three Saturdays before Christmas this year.

Parking charges at council operated Pay and Display car parks will be waived on December 7, 14 and 21 2019.

Rhodri Llwyd is Ceredigion County Council’s Corporate Lead Officer responsible for Highways and Environmental Services. He said. “Small businesses will be competing against online businesses for trade this Christmas. We want to do what we can to support Ceredigion businesses at this important time of year. We hope this step encourages more of us to shop locally this Christmas and enjoy what fantastic Ceredigion businesses have to offer.”

This decision contributes towards one of the council’s corporate priorities of boosting the economy.

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Ysgol Bro Pedr raise funds for life saving machine

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PUPILS at Ysgol Bro Pedr have raised enough money to buy a defibrillator machine for the school.

The idea came after 15 Year 11 pupils achieved their Level 3 Emergency First Aid Qualification with Ceredigion Youth Service. Pupils felt that it was incredibly important that they and others at the school had the skills, knowledge and equipment to use in an emergency.

Mrs Caryl Jones and pupils raised an outstanding £1,150 through organising a bake sale at the school on 28 March 2019. The school extends their thanks to Lampeter businesses ‘Oh My Cod’ and ‘Y Becws’ for their kind contribution towards the sale.

Guto Crompton, School Based Youth Worker said: “Although first aid is not a mandatory part of the school curriculum in Wales, young people at Ysgol Bro Pedr felt that it should be something that all pupils knew about. This would help them to know what to do in an emergency, whether that be in the school or out in the community. Pupils worked hard to achieve their First Aid qualification which covered aspect such as CPR, casualty management and the use of a defibrillator.”

The defibrillator machine will be placed in the school reception.

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It’s not too late: Ceredigion residents still have time to register to vote

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“CEREDIGION residents still have time to register to vote in the General Election on 12 December,” said the council’s Chief Executive and Acting Returning Officer, Eifion Evans.

Residents still have time to register to vote and to arrange postal or proxy votes if they want to do so. The deadline to register to vote is midnight on November 26. The deadline to register for a postal vote is 5pm on November 26 and the deadline to register for a proxy vote is 5pm on December 4.

Mr Evans continued, “Some residents may want to register for postal vote or a proxy vote. This could help people avoid possible wintry conditions of a December election, or young people who have moved out of county to study but still want to vote in Ceredigion.”

Residents can register to vote by using this link: https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote or by calling the council’s Electoral Services Team on 01545 570 881.

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