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Young people gain skills to enter the construction industry

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YOUNG PEOPLE were recently given the chance to attend an employment preparation day course at the Aberystwyth Innovation and Enterprise Campus in Penrhyncoch. The event was the result of Cam Nesa – a European Social Fund project part funded through the Welsh Government – joining up with the construction company, Willmott Dixon.

The Cam Nesa project supports one of the council’s aims to ensure that Post 16 and adult learners have the right skills to compete in the local economy, and that appropriate training programmes are accessible to those furthest away from the jobs market.

Elen James is Ceredigion County Council’s Corporate Lead Officer for Lifelong Learning and Culture. She said: “Cam Nesa offers unemployed young people aged between 16 and 24 opportunities to access a range of tailored personal support and work related opportunities to meet their needs and aspirations.”

The Cam Nesa participants recently attended Dysgu Bro Community Education to undertake the Construction Skills Certification Scheme, where they obtained their Construction Skills qualification to show that they have the appropriate training to gain employment in the construction industry.

Councillor Catrin Miles is the Cabinet member for Learning Services and Lifelong Learning. She said: “The initiative is an excellent example of how Community Benefits, for example educational, community and environmental initiatives have been applied by Aberystwyth University at the Research and Innovation Centre Development and how Ceredigion County Council have worked in partnership with the Wilmott Dixon team to create opportunities to up-skill and support local people into employment.”

Nicola Millard is the Assistant Community Liaison Manager at Willmott Dixon. She said: “It was great to be able to provide our Building Lives Academy to the young people of the Cam Nesa project. The training is part of our social value plan for our project at the Aberystwyth Innovation and Enterprise Campus. We hope that the training will be a great springboard into employment for these young people.’’

The Cam Nesa team can work on a one to one, or group basis with unemployed individuals to gain confidence, offer emotional support and eventually help them progress into employment, education or training.

If you would like to receive more information about the Cam Nesa project, please contact Michael Pritchard on 01970 633632

or by e-mail on Michael.pritchard@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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