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Starting from scratch, Ceredigion resident gains confidence and lands his first ever job

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David, a Cardigan resident, was out of work and looking for a job. He was unsure what direction to take to find the right one for him especially as he had received support from different employment programmes in the past which hadn’t worked out. David’s work coach at the local job centre directed him to discuss his options with the Communities for Work+ team.  With the support and opportunities provided by the team, David is now working five days a week as a kitchen porter at Crwst, a popular cafe and bakery situated in Cardigan.

Finding the right role for David was challenging as he hasn’t got a driving licence and despite volunteering a few days a week at Barnados charity shop, had never entered the world of paid work before so was lacking in experience, confidence and the right support needed for him.

Members of the Communities for Work+ team Delor Evans, Mentor, and Catrin Davies, Employers Liaison Officer, supported David in improving his confidence through putting him forward on a confidence-building course, conducted job search sessions, applied for various jobs, offered mock interviews to prepare him as well as helping him to build his CV.

During a job search, David considered a kitchen porter role being advertised on Facebook. After being advised to call in to have an informal chat with the employer, which David did, he got offered a work trial. The work trial went well and David was offered the job at Crwst.

David enjoys being a part of a team and working in his first-ever paid job and was grateful for the support provided by Ceredigion’s Communities for Work+ Team.

Catrin from Crwst said: “David is an excellent kitchen porter and takes real pride in his work. He plays a vital role in ensuring that brunch service runs smoothly on a daily basis. It is a pleasure to have him as part of Team Crwst.”

Councillor Catrin Miles, Ceredigion County Council Cabinet Member for Schools, Lifelong Learning & Skills, Support and Intervention, said: “If your story sounds similiar to David’s and you’re still trying to enter the world of work, get in touch with Ceredigion’s Communities for Work+ Team now and you too could soon have that support, training and skills needed to get that job that’s just right for you. The Team are currently supporting approximately 80 people through the project and are on hand to help even more find the right employment.”

Communities For Work+ is a Welsh Government funded project, delivered by Ceredigion County Council which supports individuals in or at risk of poverty, aged 16 or over, across Ceredigion and throughout Wales. Participants may be experiencing in-work poverty, unemployment, living on minimum wage or struggling to pay basic monthly outgoings on sporadic zero hour contracts.

Mentors provide 1:1 support for participants with writing CV’s, undertaking mock interviews, up-skilling and funding a wide variety of training including help with starting up their own business.

If you think the project may be able to help you or if you would like more information, contact the team on 01545 574193 or email TCC-EST@ceredigion.gov.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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UK Government must improve HGV drivers’ working conditions – Ben Lake MP

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Many people in the HGV industry have expressed concern

FOLLOWING his contribution during PMQs on September 8 regarding the HGV driver crisis, Ben Lake MP has raised the issue again, with Minister Grant Shapps.

Ben Lake MP has said:

“Many constituents who work in the HGV industry have come forward to share their experiences with me about the HGV driver crisis. As well as expressing grave concern, they have also shared ideas and long-term solutions that would greatly improve the current situation. 

“It’s important that the UK Government listens and gives full consideration to these suggestions and I look forward to meeting with the Minister in the near future to discuss them further.”

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