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Support provided for Ceredigion care providers through the pandemic

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OVER the last year, a significant amount of collaboration has taken place between the Ceredigion care providers and public sector organisations. Throughout this period, a considerable amount of access to specialist officers and professionals has been made freely available to ensure that each provider had the required information, advice and resources to support their staff, residents and families throughout the pandemic. This access has been made available seven days a week including evenings when required.

Support included the provision of free personal protection equipment (PPE), scrubs for staff, beds, trolleys and any other items identified as required. These resources were provided promptly and supported the care provider in maintaining safe services throughout challenging periods of outbreaks.  Overall in excess of £1.2m of funding (being direct additional financial support) has been provided through the Council and the Health Board, on top of the free PPE provision estimated to be worth a further £500,000.

As part of the management of COVID-19 outbreaks, over 267 planning meetings took place from April 2020, with attendance from a range of specialist officers from the Ceredigion County Council and Hywel Dda University Health Board, who responded to the needs of the settings when required.

One-to-one sessions have been made available when required to support with the reviewing of risk assessments for family visits, reviewing protocols and procedures specific to the setting or to discuss any concerns that required additional support or assistance from a range of Local Authority and Health professionals.

The first steps to offer visiting to families has now began through our safe visiting arrangements and homes continue to utilise the Welsh Government initiative to develop and provide safe visiting pods for homes.

One provider said: “Support has been at the end of the phone for what seemed to be 24 hours a day seven days a week to give help and advice. They have been there to solve practical problems we have encountered with sourcing equipment, they have been there to listen us when we have been stressed and needed a listening ear and, they have been there as a constant reliable link between Care homes, Social Services, Public Health Wales and Hywel Dda.”

As we progress to the recovery phase we continue to support each provider through this next phase.

Sian Howys the Statutory Director of Social Services said: ”The way that Social Care, Health and the Care home providers have worked tirelessly together during the most challenging times has ensured that our most vulnerable residents have been fully supported and cared for.”

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St. Michaels School celebrates excellent A-Level results

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St. Michael’s pupils with their A-Level results

ST. MICHAEL’S School, Llanelli, is extremely pleased to announce another year of successful A-Level results, with 80.2% of all grades awarded either an A* or A grade.

The vast majority of pupils have earned a place at their chosen university to study courses such as Medicine, Veterinary Medicine and Economics.

This is the first year that traditional exams have resumed since the Covid-19 pandemic began with the majority of lessons in the first part of the A-Level being delivered online rather than in a classroom environment. This makes the results even more of an achievement considering the circumstances.

Headmaster Mr Benson Ferrari said: “We offer our sincere congratulations to our outgoing Year 13 class on the publication of their A-Level results, demonstrating that our pupils have worked so hard despite the challenges of returning to a conventional assessment approach.

“They approached the situation with resilience and dedication, which has resulted in grades that are truly representative of their ability.  I am confident that they will all go onto achieve great things at university and in their working lives.  

“We wish them the best as they move to this new and exciting stage of their education.  The preparation which St. Michael’s has provided will be built upon, along with our values and principles providing a lasting framework to tackle the challenges ahead.”

In 2020, St. Michael’s School was awarded The Sunday Times Welsh Independent School of the Decade and this was in part due to the excellent exam results that the school receives each year. 

St. Michael’s was also ranked 13th in The Times 2019 Co Ed League Table for UK Independent Schools, which was the last time that the results were published. The school hopes that this year’s results will continue to secure their place in the 2022 league table which will be published later this year.

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Police appeal following road traffic collision in Cwmystwyth

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DYFED-Powys Police have issued a statement following a road traffic collision on Saturday, August 13.

Officers attended a two vehicle road traffic collision which occurred about 6.40pm near Cwmystwyth, Aberystwyth.  

Dyfed-Powys Police said: “The two vehicles involved were a blue Triumph Tiger motorcycle and a black Ford Fiesta.

“The male rider of the motorcycle was taken to hospital with injuries not believed to be life threatening.

“Anyone with information that could help officers with their investigation is asked to report it to Dyfed-Powys Police by calling 101. 

“If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.

“Quote reference: DP-20220813-392.”

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Scheme to enhance the town of Tregaron for the National Eisteddfod

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THE REGENERATING Rural Towns scheme run by the Cynnal y Cardi LEADER programme has been supporting Tregaron Town Council with a series of marketing techniques and installations to promote and enhance Tregaron in preparation for the historic and cultural event, the National Eisteddfod of Wales 2022.

This work acted as a legacy to the National Eisteddfod at Tregaron following the influx of thousands of people to the town daily for the duration of the festival and subsequently to the surrounding rural communities and local sites of interest.

A wide range of installations could be seen in Tregaron during the Eisteddfod following town branding design work, which included a giant deckchair, lamp post flags, banners, bunting, tiered flower planters, benches & picnic tables, monument conservation improvements, and a prominent Tregaron sign overlooking the ‘Maes’. Many of these features will remain in place for the summer months and can be utilised by the town in the future. Further town development work is due to commence to maintain and enhance the attractiveness and vibrancy of the town.

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