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Counsellor launches book

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A CARMARTHENSHIRE therapist has launched her first book to offer extensive help to those counselling children and young people.
Lorraine Sherman from Hebron near Whitland has written her first book, called Skills in Counselling and Psychotherapy with Children and Young People, which she launched at Coleg Sir Gâr’s Ammanford campus where she lecturers in counselling.
With 30 years of experience as a humanistic psychologist, supervisor, therapist and relationship counsellor, Lorraine never expected to become an author: “I never thought writing a book would be part of my life,” she said. “I knew I had the information in me but putting it down on paper and in book format is something completely new to me.”
The book, which took three years to complete, has already received five-star reviews on Amazon and describes the book as a ‘comprehensive essential text for any counsellor or psychotherapist working with children and young people’.
Mrs Sherman is the clinical supervisor of all secondary school-based counsellors across Carmarthenshire as well other counties including Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and Neath Port Talbot. She also teaches accredited BACP courses at Coleg Sir Gâr and Trinity Saint David, some of which she has written herself.
Her book covers important aspects of counselling including confidentiality and disclosure, legal issues and how to relate to younger people. It also includes a chapter on how to use play to help children express themselves, which was developed with two other counsellors. It also covers counselling techniques such as cognitive behavioural therapy, psychodynamic and person centred and humanistic approaches.
Explaining that counselling young people is different to counselling adults, Mrs Sherman said: “There’s a whole chapter on legal frameworks regarding counselling children, who don’t fully understand their own actions as adults might. I’ve worked in this area since I was 16 when I started as a playleader and a youth worker but issues in counselling do change with society so we have to adapt to dealing with issues such as online bullying and we also work closely with other professionals including child protection officers, teachers and social workers.”
At the launch, the author acknowledged the work of the late Peter Clarke, whose work as the first Children’s Commissioner for Wales paved the way for a universal counselling service in Wales, entitling children and young people aged 11-18 to access a counsellor in all secondary schools.

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The Little Mill Players present Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood by Ben Crocker

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Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood is this year’s Little Mill Players Pantomime. Performances will be at Theatr Felinfach from Thursday 30 January to Saturday 01 February at 7:30pm. There will also be a matinée performance on Saturday 01 February at 2:30pm.

Robin Hood may be the best archer in the land, but can he escape the clutches of the dastardly Sheriff of Nottingham and save the Babes? Come along and join Winnie Widebottom, Marion, Little Joan, Friar Tuck and the Outlaws (and also, surprisingly, the Smugglers Cove WI who have come to Sherwood Forest on a camping holiday and get caught up in the adventure). Boo, hiss and cheer to help make sure the Sheriff gets his just deserts. Expect much fun, laughter and song in this family friendly production.

The Little Mill Players have existed as long as Theatr Felinfach has been in existence, since 1972. Members of the company come from various parts of Ceredigion and even Carmarthenshire. The age range of the cast varies from 7 to 60+ and their jobs vary from manual to managerial as well as school pupils and students. This year they are again thrilled to have several new faces and hope this trend will continue.

The show’s director, Stephen Entwistle, has been a member of the group for over 16 years. He began life with the group as the Musical Director, then progressed onto the stage and is now the ‘boss’!

One of the longest serving members of the current cast is Dilys Megicks, the show’s production assistant, who has been a member for some 24 years. During that time she has portrayed a wide array of characters including a baddy, a chicken and is currently Chair of the Smuggler’s Cove WI! She enjoys all aspects of the traditional pantomime.

Another, now established, member of the cast is Andrew Tyrrell who, over the years, has truly made the role of panto ‘Dame’ his own. He most certainly is the comedian of the cast. Andrew also takes charge of prop building and supplies.

Remember to follow Theatr Felinfach’s Facebook page for opportunities to win tickets to the production. Tickets are available from Theatr Felinfach’s Box Office on 01570 470697 or online at theatrfelinfach.cymru. Ticket prices are £9 for adults, £8 for Senior Citizens and £6 for children.

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NHS volunteers needed

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Volunteering for the NHS can be incredibly rewarding and Hywel Dda UHB are looking for new people to join their Volunteering for Health service in Ceredigion.

There are many reasons why you may consider volunteering with Hywel Dda UHB. It is a great way to experience what it is like in a hospital environment if you are thinking about a career in health. It can also help you to give something back if you’ve been a patient yourself or had a relative in hospital.

There are many different volunteer roles available such as patient befrienders on our wards and welcome volunteers at hospital receptions, and we are particularly looking for people who would be able to help with the shop trolley and help as patient befrienders on our wards at Bronglais Hospital.

Volunteer information sessions will be held in February and anyone who may be interested in becoming a volunteer can find out more by contacting the Volunteering for Health team on 01267 244401 or HDd.VolunteerForHealth@wales.nhs.uk.

David Fretwell, Volunteer Manager at Hywel Dda UHB, said: “One of the greatest benefits volunteers can bring to the NHS is the support and comfort you bring to our patients. We particularly want to establish a shop trolley at Bronglais Hospital but we encourage anyone local to Ceredigion who wants to volunteer for their NHS to get in touch.”

To find out more about Hywel Dda UHB’s Volunteering for Health Service please visit www.hywelddahb.wales.nhs.uk/volunteering

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Elin Jones backs calls for Epilepsy Nurse working in Ceredigion

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ELIN JONES has joined people living with epilepsy and those who support them to discuss issues relating to the healthcare and wellbeing of epilepsy sufferers in the Aberystwyth area, and has reiterated their call for a specific Epilepsy Nurse in the local Health Board.

Epilepsy Aberystwyth District Support Group meets on the second Saturday of each month, in Tesco’s Community Space in Aberystwyth from 11.00am until 1.00pm.

Following the meeting, Elin Jones said:

“It is important that epilepsy sufferers have appropriate local healthcare support.

“Many epilepsy sufferers are prohibited from driving, and therefore face additional barriers to accessing health and social support.

“There is currently no specialist epilepsy nurse in the Hywel Dda Health Board and I will be raising with the need to appoint such a necessary role with the Chief Executive.

“Meetings such as this with local action groups provide me with valuable insight into the variety of challenges faced by people with specific conditions in Ceredigion and it allows me to represent them more effectively with relevant authorities.”

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