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Workways+ participant secures job at local waste specialists

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IAN HARVEY recently started work at LAS Recycling Ltd, Lampeter after receiving support from Workways+.

Ian, who had been unemployed for nearly 2 years was struggling to find suitable employment since moving to Ceredigion. Workways+ was able to help Ian look at his options and find a role that suited him best.

Ian said: “I’m absolutely thrilled and grateful that Workways+ were able to help me gain employment with a local business. I worked many years as a chef but since moving to Ceredigion, I really wanted to find a role that satisfied my childhood ambition of working with trucks – so now that I’m a lorry driver for LAS Recycling Ltd my dream has come true and I‘m enjoying every moment of being part of the team here.”

Mark Saunders, Director of LAS Recycling Ltd said: “It has been a pleasure working with John Evans of Workways+ and through him, arranging to offer Ian an opportunity to get back into employment. It is pleasing to be able to give a person like Ian, who is passionate about driving the chance to fulfil his ambition of becoming a lorry driver. As a company, we believe in giving everybody a chance and I am grateful that Workways+ have been able to provide us with an excellent employee that probably wouldn’t have had the opportunity, without a project like Workways+ supporting them, in organising the training required.”

Ceredigion Workways+ offers training, qualifications, volunteering placements, paid work experience opportunities and a personal mentoring service to help people get their lives back on track.

John Evans, Workways+ Employment Liasion Officer said: “Myself and the Workways+ team here at Ceredigion are committed to helping every eligible person that asks Workways+ for support and advice. It’s extremely rewarding for all of us knowing that people like Ian have secured a suitable job that they enjoy and has helped towards transforming their lives.”

Workways+ is an employability project, part funded by the European Social Fund through the Welsh Government, and Ceredigion County Council. Workways+ mentors are based around the county.

To find out more about the services they provide, visit www.workways.wales or get in touch with one of the team on 01545 574193 or email workways@ceredigion.gov.uk.

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Hywel Dda provides teaching equipment on infant feeding for over 100 midwives.

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Doll and knitted breast for midwifery

THANKS to donations, Hywel Dda Health Charities has been able to provide bags containing teaching equipment on infant feeding to over 100 midwives across Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire.

Each bag contains a doll and knitted breast, so that the midwives can give advice to new mums and mums-to-be on breast-feeding, along with laminated cards with information.

All the community midwives across the three counties, plus the maternity units at Glangwili,

Bronglais and Withybush hospitals have received the bags.

Hywel Dda’s Infant Feeding Co-ordinator, Christena Phelan O’Riordan (pictured in the foreground with Health Care Support Worker Jan Jones), said the dolls and knitted breasts were proving to be extremely useful as teaching aids.

“It has made such a difference having these visual aids to give pregnant and post-natal mothers advice on breast-feeding,” she said.

“Whether face-to-face in hospital or at home, or virtually through WhatsApp calls, these aids are great props for when we are teaching about breast-feeding.”

Nicola Llewelyn, Head of Hywel Dda Health Charities, the official charity of Hywel Dda University Health Board, said: “Donations are making a real difference to the lives of patients, service-users and staff in the Hywel Dda University Health Board area.

“We are very grateful for all the support we receive from our local communities.”

For more details about the charity and how you can help support local NHS patients and staff, go to www.hywelddahealthcharities.org.uk.

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Recognition given to long-standing members of Council committee

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AT AN Ethics and Standards Committee (virtual) meeting held on 17 September 2021,  Rif Winfield and Hywel Wyn Jones were given recognition for their 10 years’ of service to the Committee between 2011 and 2021. A small plaque was presented to both.

Hywel was Chair of the Committee for 3 years.

In their place, two new independent members Alan Davies and Caryl Davies have been appointed.

Eifion Evans, Chief Executive of Ceredigion County Council said, “Ceredigion County Council has benefitted from a decade of advice and considerations provided by Rif & Hywel. We welcome the new members of the committee and their input to the function of the Committee will be greatly appreciated.”

Standards Committees of local authorities exist to do all that is possible to promote and safeguard the standards that the public rightly expect from their elected representatives.

Ceredigion County Council Chairman, Councillor Paul Hinge, said, “Our thanks go to Rif and Hywel who have given their time to contribute to the Committee and we welcome the new members.”

The Committee is made up of five independent members, two county councillors and two town/community councillors. Meeting quarterly, reports for the Ethics and Standards Committee including dispensation applications can be found on the Council website: www.ceredigion.gov.uk.

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Exciting new developments on the horizon for Lampeter Wellbeing Centre

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Architects have been appointed to oversee the project and work will now begin on the proposed layout for the facility

At a Cabinet meeting held on 01 December 2020, it was agreed that Lampeter Leisure Centre would become the location of the Council’s first Wellbeing Centre in the County.

A significant amount of work and investment is to be made at the Leisure Centre which will improve the facility and the resources for years to come.

Over the coming months, as we see the plans and proposals for Wellbeing Centre develop, they will be shared with service users and the residents of Ceredigion.

Architects have been appointed to oversee the project and work will now begin on the proposed layout for the facility. The layout will be a reconfiguration of the existing facility in order to provide a Wellbeing Centre that can provide an enhanced range of Through Age Services, including Leisure Services to the residents of Lampeter and the mid of the county. 

Councillor Catherine Hughes, Ceredigion County Council Cabinet Member, said: “We are looking forward to the development of the new Wellbeing Centre at Lampeter. This will provide a range of services to residents within their local community.

This development comes at a welcome time, as Ceredigion Public Service Board is carrying out an Assessment of Local Wellbeing, in order to find out about the wellbeing of local people and communities, now and in the future.”

Lampeter Leisure Centre will be closed during the building works, but during this period alternative provision will be made available for all service users and clubs.

We look forward to being able to share these alternative plans with you over the coming weeks, as soon as these arrangements have been finalised.

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