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City residents give Commissioner their views

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schools2SCHOOL pupils and local councillors were among those visited by Police and Crime Commissioner Christopher Salmon in St Davids on May 16.

His Your Voice day of activity in and around the city saw him talk with others such as members of Dyfed- Powys Police, a Church in Wales figure and tourism specialists. Additionally, a surgery at Ysgol Dewi Sant saw Mr Salmon meet individuals privately with 30-minute appointments. Mr Salmon said: “Your Voice St Davids was all about me gaining a greater understanding of the needs of local people. It was a people-focused day; as their voice in crime and policing I need to understand their thoughts. “Specific matters raised included keeping young people active, busy and engaged with the community, vandalism, police visibility, accessibility and communications, and the Commissioner’s Fund. “The overall message was that Dyfed-Powys is a safe part of the world and that St Davids is possibly the least troublesome corner of Dyfed-Powys. “It was great to get the thoughts of people from St Davids there are many who care greatly about the area and who are doing good work.” Those who met Mr Salmon  included city councillors, PCSO Jude Parr and Police Sergeant Catrin Thomas, students, staff, governors and headteacher David Haynes at Ysgol Dewi Sant, and students, staff and deputy headteacher Sharon Osborne at Bro Dewi Primary School. At St Davids Cathedral he was interviewed by David Hammond- Williams, a writer with diocesan newspaper Pobl Dewi, and at Oriel y Parc he spoke to manager Paula Ellis. The venue was preparing for the launch of its Dylan Thomas-themed art exhibition of works by Peter Blake. The Commissioner oversees an annual Dyfed-Powys policing fund of around £100m. As the elected voice of the public, he makes the police answerable to the communities they serve. In his first 18 months in office, his key achievements have included more police officers, improved access to the police, reduced policing costs, the launch of the Commissioner’s Fund for community initiatives and a launch grant for a rural policing centre. Mr Salmon has 12 “Your Voice” days through 2014 three in each Dyfed- Powys county of Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and Powys. The schedule includes a visit

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New Children’s Book based on local fisherman

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CHILDREN’S AUTHOR Natalie L Davies has written a story based on local man, Mickey Beechey, of Llangrannog.

The book is available on Amazon.

Natalie said: “I’ve written a series of children’s books with the central character, the lovely ‘Mickey the Fisherman’. The first book is called ‘Pollution’, and is a bright colourful and fun book with a valuable message.”

The book is available to buy on Amazon in both paperback and kindle, and can be found at: mybook.to/mickeythefisherman.

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Council supports the Learning Disabilities ‘My Charter’

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CABINET members and senior officers in Ceredigion have signed ‘My Charter’. In doing so, Ceredigion County Council have become the first council to sign up to the charter. My Charter was written by people who have learning disabilities in West Wales.

The charter says that people who have learning disabilities want to have more chances in life, more choice and to be listened to. It also says that people who have learning disabilities want to be treated as adults, to be given dignity and respect and that their information is kept private.

Councillor Alun Williams is the Cabinet member responsible for Adult Services. He said: “People with learning disabilities have the same aspirations, hopes and feelings as everyone else. They deserve the same services and to be treated equally in a way that’s appropriate to their needs. I’m delighted that Ceredigion has become the first council to sign the charter, and I’m looking forward to seeing how this can positively influence the way our population of people with learning disabilities are treated in the future.”

The charter was developed by people who have learning disabilities from across Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire.

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Ceredigion Leisure Centres Summer holiday programme

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A BUSY TIMETABLE of inclusive summer holiday activities for children has been organised across all Ceredigion County Council-run leisure centres in the county.

From football to bouncy castle sessions, from cycling skills to archery, there’s a wide variety of activities to choose from over the course of the summer.

There will also be day camps and multi-skills activity days available at some of the leisure centres, for children to attend for the whole day. There’s even a day trip to the beach with Teifi Leisure Centre!

A range of learning to swim programmes are available at Lampeter Swimming Pool and Plascrug Leisure Centre across the summer holidays. A week of swimming lessons will be delivered solely through the medium of Welsh in Plascrug Leisure Centre starting on 5 August.

Councillor Catrin Miles is the council’s Cabinet member with responsibility for Leisure Services. She said: “Ceredigion Actif is once again providing a busy timetable of fun activities during the summer. It’s a healthy and worthwhile way for children to spend their time during the summer.”

Booking for sessions is essential and staff at leisure centres reserve the right to cancel any session if attendance is too low.

For further information on the summer holiday activities planned, visit the Ceredigion Actif website.

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