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Ceredigion Members of Youth Parliament make their mark

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IT’S a busy time for Thomas Kendall, Ceredigion Member of Youth Parliament (MYP), and Huw Jones, Ceredigion Deputy Member of Youth Parliament (DMYP), as they embark on their roles, since being elected in April 2019.

Recently, Thomas and Huw met with Ben Lake MP, Ellen ap Gwynn, Leader of Ceredigion County Council, and Councillor Catrin Miles, Cabinet member for Learning Services, Lifelong Learning and Leisure. They discussed various issues which impact on the lives of young people both locally and nationally.

Thomas and Huw have also met with Dafydd Llywelyn, Police and Crime Commissioner for Dyfed-Powys Police, to discuss knife crime prevention in Ceredigion and across the wider area that the force covers.

Huw said: “My new role as Deputy Member of the UK Youth Parliament representing Ceredigion is very exciting and empowering. I feel that it is important for young people not only to have their say on important issues but also to have their voices represented to and with decision and policy makers. I have learnt more about different issues that affect young people from recent meetings with various people and I look forward to making a difference in my time as Deputy MYP, alongside Thomas MYP.”

Thomas and Huw have attended the first convention in the UK Youth Parliament diary, which involved meeting other MYPs from across Wales. They are now both beginning the preparations for a live debate in November.

Ellen ap Gwynn, Leader of Ceredigion County Council said: “It was a pleasure to meet Thomas and Huw and listen to their views, concerns and ideas. It’s vital that young people are given a voice and are able to contribute to discussions and decisions on issues that affect the young people of the county. Good luck with the live debate and continue to make your voices heard.”

On 5 April 2019, Ceredigion Youth Council elected Thomas Kendall as a Member of Youth Parliament (MYP) and represents Ceredigion in the UK Youth Parliament for 2019-2020. Huw Jones was elected as Deputy Member of Youth Parliament and provides a supporting role for Thomas. Thomas currently studies at Coleg Ceredigion, Aberystwyth. Huw is a Ysgol Gyfun Aberaeron pupil and represents Ceredigion YFC on the Council.

Members of Youth Parliament (MYPs) are elected annually in every part of the UK. Once elected, MYPs meet with MPs and local councillors, organise events, run campaigns, make speeches, hold debates and ensure the views of young people are listened to by decision-makers.

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Parents warned to look out for respiratory illness in children

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RSV is a common respiratory illness which is usually picked up by children during the winter season

RESPIRATORY Syncytial Virus (RSV) is circulating amongst children and toddlers in the Hywel Dda area (Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire)  

Hywel Dda UHB Medical Director and Deputy Chief Executive Dr Philip Kloer said: “Because of the COVID restrictions, there have been few cases of RSV during the pandemic, but this virus has returned and in higher numbers now people are mixing more.

“RSV is a common respiratory illness which is usually picked up by children during the winter season, and causes very few problems to the majority of children.  However, very young babies, particularly those born prematurely, and children with heart or lung conditions, can be seriously affected and it’s important that parents are aware of the actions to take.”

Parents are being encouraged to look out for symptoms of severe infection in at-risk children, including:

*a high temperature of 37.8°C or above (fever)

*a dry and persistent cough, difficulty feeding, rapid or noisy breathing (wheezing).

The best way to prevent RSV is to wash hands with soap and water or hand sanitiser regularly, dispose of used tissues correctly, and to keep surfaces clean and sanitised.

Most cases of bronchiolitis are not serious and clear up within 2 to 3 weeks, but you should contact your GP or call NHS 111 if:

  • You are worried about your child.
  • Your child has taken less than half their usual amount during the last two or three feeds, or they have had a dry nappy for 12 hours or more.
  • Your child has a persistent high temperature of 37.8C or above.
  • Your child seems very tired or irritable.

Dial 999 for an ambulance if:

  • your baby is having difficulty breathing
  • your baby’s tongue or lips are blue
  • there are long pauses in your baby’s breathing
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New Quay RNLI rescues person cut off by the tide

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New Quay RNLI returning to station with two members of the Coastguard team

NEW Quay RNLI’s inshore lifeboat was launched on service on Saturday September 11 following a report of a person cut off by the tide at Traeth Gwyn, New Quay. 

With three crew members on board the inshore lifeboat Audrey LJ it launched on service at 11.15am and did an extensive search of the beach before finding the casualty who had been cut off by the high spring tide.  

Brett Stones, New Quay RNLI’s helm said, “There was an initial confusion on the location of the casualty but an update from the New Quay Coastguard Rescue team, who had fought their way down from the cliff top through thick undergrowth, allowed us to locate the person. 

“We then transferred the casualty and two of the coastguard team onto the boat. We dropped the casualty off at Llanina Point and brought the two coastguard officers back to the lifeboat station. The inshore lifeboat was then rehoused and ready for service by 12.25pm. 

“Remember if you see if you see anyone in difficulty or you find yourself in trouble on the coast call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.” 

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Ben Lake shows support for farmers on Back British Farming Day

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Ben Lake MP, said: “I’m proud to wear a pin badge today to show my support for Ceredigion’s fantastic farmers and growers.

BEN Lake MP has today shown support for British food and farming on Back British Farming Day, recognising the crucial role farmers in Ceredigion play in producing food for the nation.

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) provided MPs with the emblem of the day – a wool and wheatsheaf pin badge – to enable them to join the celebration of agriculture. Food and farming is a key business sector, worth more than £120 billion to the UK economy and providing jobs for almost four million people.

The NFU chose the day to launch a new report which asks for Government to complete a comprehensive report on UK food security later this year, covering the country’s production of key foods and its contribution to global food security. This would be the first meaningful assessment of UK food security in over a decade.

Commenting, Ben Lake MP, said: “I’m proud to wear a pin badge today to show my support for Ceredigion’s fantastic farmers and growers. The day presents an opportunity to thank the farmers who feed us, as well as take care of our countryside and maintain our iconic Welsh landscapes.

“I fully support the campaign which is asking us all to value locally produced food. I will be calling on Government to adopt agricultural policies that ensure farming in Ceredigion can thrive and ensure our self-sufficiency does not fall below its current level of 60%, alongside a greater ambition in promoting Welsh food to aid UK food security.”

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