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Bwcabus service in Carmarthenshire and South Cerdigion goes online

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PASSENGERS using the award winning Bwcabus service in Carmarthenshire will soon be able to book their journeys online.

Carmarthenshire County Council has team up with Transport of Wales to launch the new fflecsi Bwcabus online app.

fflecsi Bwcabus will give people the choice to book and track their journeys on their mobile as well as booking over the telephone via a new call centre.

The popular bus service has been operating since 2009 and serves rural communities across North Carmarthenshire and South Ceredigion.

It operates with a mix of prebooked and fixed route journeys.

Single or return journeys can be booked up to 28 days in advance and up to an hour before travelling.

Passengers can also continue to use Bwcabus fixed route services.

Tailored to the needs of its passengers, journeys can be pre-booked allowing people to travel between local towns and villages within the zone or connect to the main line bus services to travel to places such as Aberystwyth, Carmarthen, Cardigan, Haverfordwest and Fishguard.

The fflecsi Bwcabus app can be downloaded for free from play store on Android or Iphone mobile phones.

Alternatively, the new Transport for Wales call centre is open from 6am to 11pm Monday to Saturday and 9am-7pm on a Sunday.

To book a journey call 0300 234 0300 – calls are charged at a local rate and free to call from mobiles or landlines with inclusive minutes/calls.

Carmarthenshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Hazel Evans said: “We’re delighted to be working with Transport for Wales on this new development. As we have seen over the last 12 years with Bwcabus, on demand transport has been extremely popular here and we believe this is a great opportunity to improve the public transport offer across the region and provide our residents with bus services that give more choice and flexibility on their journeys. I’m sure fflecsi Bwcabus will continue to be popular with passengers and we are delighted to be working with our partners to provide public transport services fit for today and the future.”

Bwcabus is a partnership between Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire county councils and has received funding through the Welsh Government Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme which is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Government.

For more information visit www.bwcabus.info

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Ceredigion shortlisted for Youth Excellence Awards 2021

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THE YOUTH WORK EXCELLENCE AWARDS is an opportunity to recognise and celebrate outstanding youth work projects, youth workers and those involved in youth work across Wales including volunteers, managers and community partners.

Youth work provides and facilitates an environment within which young people can relax, have fun, and feel secure, supported and valued. Through non-formal and informal educational opportunities and experiences, youth work approaches challenge young people to enhance their life chances.

In 2019, Ceredigion Youth Service were successful in having two projects and one volunteer shortlisted with two winning their respective categories. This year, Youth Worker Rebecca Williams has been shortlisted for the Outstanding Youth Worker category.

Team Manager for Community Youth Work and Prevention, Gwen Evans said: “We decided as a service to nominate Rebecca because we recognised the outstanding efforts and commitment that she has shown throughout the pandemic and continues to have an exceptional impact on the lives of young people. Since the Covid-19 outbreak, Rebecca has adapted her work to be both digital and in-person focussed depending on the needs of young people, ensuring that young people do not feel isolated and are included in online activities, phone calls and door step visits which have recently increased to wellbeing walks and structured activity groups.”

In addition to this, Ceredigion Young Farmers Club have also been shortlisted for the award ‘Demonstrating excellence at a local level in Partnership Planning and delivery’ for the collaborative approach that they’ve shown throughout the pandemic.

Councillor Catrin Miles is the Cabinet member responsible for Schools, Lifelong Learning & Skills, Support and Intervention. She said: “Young Farmers Clubs across Ceredigion have been supporting their local rural communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. From delivering essential groceries and collecting prescriptions to walking dogs and checking in on the most vulnerable, YFC members, young people, have stepped up and rallied around their communities. We feel that the response of Ceredigion YFC during the pandemic is an excellent example of how the firm foundations of good quality Youth Work has made a positive difference to the lives of vulnerable people and communities during an incredibly challenging year.”

Elen James, Corporate Lead Officer for Porth Cymorth Cynnar said: “It is fantastic for the service to have these recognitions for the hard work and resilience that has been shown throughout this period. It’s a testament to them as individuals and the teamwork that has been shown for the benefit of young people and their communities. We have also recently been awarded with additional Youth Support Grant funding to develop Welsh language activities as well as developing the work around early emotional and mental health support for young people. This will enable us to continue to work closely and effectively with a wide range of voluntary and third sector partners to develop opportunities for children, young people and their families.”

All nominations will be assessed by a panel of judges made up of young people and representatives from the youth work sector in Wales. The Award Ceremony will take place virtually on 9 December where all finalists will be announced.

For more information about the work of Porth Cymorth Cynnar and the Support and Prevention Service, visit their Facebook, Twitter or Instagram page at @GICeredigionYS. You can also visit their website at www.giceredigionys.co.uk or email porthcymorthcynnar@ceredigion.gov.uk.

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Studt’s Funfair confirmed for return to Aberystwyth next month

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THERE will be a fun fair in Aberystwyth, from Monday, 15 November until Monday, 22 November for eight consecutive nights, Vernon Studt of Studt Fun Fairs confirmed this week to The Ceredigion Herald.

Vernon Studt said: “We have had constructive talks with Ceredigion County Council and will be returning to Aberystwyth and putting on a good show.

“We have been visiting Aberystwyth since 1837 and I am almost certain that last year was the first time in 183 years that there was no fair in the town in November.

“People will be welcome to wear masks, but they will not be mandatory. All we ask is that people behave responsibly and follow the guidelines.”

The fair and market will be open from 4pm on weekdays and 2pm on weekends.

Vernon added: “We are excited to be returning to Aberystwyth and I am sure children in the area are looking forward to it too.”

Cardigan fair will also return and will take place on Wednesday, 10 November.

The road along Park Avenue will remain open during this time as a new home has been found for the market stalls.

They will now be set up across the road on the site of the former Arriva depot, which was demolished earlier this year and has been hosting the fortnightly farmers market over the summer. Cardigan fair will also return and will take place on Wednesday, 10 November, it is understood.

Image: Rose Voon

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Ceredigion celebrates Shwmae Su’mae Day 2021

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SHWMAE Su’mae Day is celebrated annually on 15 October.

The purpose of the day is to show that the Welsh language belongs to everyone – fluent speakers and learners.

This year, Cardi Iaith have arranged various activities and events to celebrate Diwrnod Shwmae Su’mae in schools across Ceredigion. Games, quizzes and competitions – there’s something for all pupils and even families to get involved in.

Ellen ap Gwynn, Leader of the Council, said: “The Welsh language is extremely important to us in Ceredigion. We have hard working and dedicated Welsh speaking staff across Council services and we want to encourage people to contact us in Welsh and use those Welsh language services. So let’s start our conversation, today and every other day with Shwmae. Give it a go!”

More than 90 Ceredigion County Council staff studying on the Council’s Work Welsh scheme this year will have the opportunity to compete in a quiz on Wales and Welsh to celebrate Shwmae Su’mae day.

Follow Cardi Iaith on Facebook for the latest throughout the day.

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