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Brave officers to be honoured

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TWO Dyfed Powys Police officers who ran into the sea to save the life of a woman in a mental health crisis will be honoured at the national Police Bravery Awards on Tuesday.

PC Ian Chattun and Sergeant Katy Evans risked their own safety when they responded to a call that a woman was threatening to harm herself.

The officers found the woman, who had a recent history of self-harm, in the North Beach area of Aberystwyth. She had been submerged in the sea but had been pulled from the water by her friends and was sitting on the break-water.

The officers attempted to talk to her to calm her down but she became distressed and ran back into the sea. The woman began to struggle as she got deeper into the water and the officers thought her life was in immediate danger.

They entered the water in full uniform, including PPE and body armour, but she was swept further out to sea. In their attempts to rescue her the officers were submerged in the water.

Sgt Evans activated her emergency button to summon further units. Her attempts to ask for assistance were compounded by the waves breaking over her head as she tried to update her situation. 

PC Chattun swam to help the woman and with Sgt Evans and two of the woman’s friends, brought her back to shore. 

Paramedics attended the scene of the incident, which happened at around 2.30am on Sunday 18 August 2019, and took the woman to hospital.

Roger Webb, secretary of Dyfed Powys Police Federation, which put the officers forward for the bravery awards, said: “This was a selfless act of bravery by both police officers as well as members of the public who undoubtedly saved a vulnerable young person’s life.

“The officers had no regard for their own personal safety and entered the water to save the life of a stranger in need. Body-worn video recordings of the incident have been viewed and the actions of the officers in the water is simply outstanding.

“They each reflect the true values of a police officer and have put themselves at great risk. Rather than see an event unfold and take no action, the officers have reacted quickly and saved a life.”

The annual Police Bravery Awards, sponsored by Police Mutual, honour some of the finest officers in England and Wales who have performed incredible acts of bravery, while on or off duty. 

The ceremony was due to be held in London in July last year but was postponed due to the pandemic.

It will now be staged on Tuesday 12 October. A total of 94 brave officers from forces across England and Wales have been put forward for an award.

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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.

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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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