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THE HERALD FRIDAY AUGUST 19 2016


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UK Coastguard issues safety plea


23 Community Hybu Cig Cymru Consumers urged to shop locally in new campaign UK COASTGUARD has issued


a safety plea for parents to keep a close eye on their children at the beach, after responding to nine separate missing children reports on Monday (Aug 15) across the UK coast. At least two reports of missing


children were at West Wittering in West Sussex. All the children were found safe


and well, but with so many reports coming in during the day, many UK Coastguards Rescue Teams have increased their regular patrols and stayed near the beaches in case of further emergencies. Dai Jones, Duty Controller for UK


Coastguard, said: “We have had quite a few calls about missing children in the last 12 hours. “It has been a beautiful day today


and it has been very busy, where we have responded to at least nine call outs for missing children. It’s always


a huge worry when children go missing near the beach – not just for the parents but for the UK Coastguard as well. There’s always a possibility that children will stray too close to the sea and without appropriate adult supervision, anything could happen. We are urging parents to a keep a close eye on their children when at the beach – thankfully today’s missing children had just wandered off and were located safe and well by the teams. “We urge parents or guardians to


make sure that their children are well supervised at the coast. If you can, head for a RNLI life guarded beach – there are over 210 across the UK coast – and agree a recognisable meeting point. Show your children the nearest lifeguard station and tell your children to head there and tell a lifeguard if they get lost. Busy beaches can disorientate people, especially children, so take advantage of local wristband schemes for younger children.“


a range of subjects from problems at work, to money issues, housing, energy bills or mobile phone contracts, and host of other issues. The volunteer receptionists and advisers offer a non-judgemental and practical support service face-to-face and over the phone. Aberystywth Advice Manager,


VOLUNTEERS at Citizens


Advice Ceredigion have been delighted by the news that they have been given the ‘Achieving Investors in Volunteers’ award this month, recognising the hard work and commitment put in by all the volunteers and staff and emphasising the importance of volunteers. The organisation will be


celebrating their five year anniversary this year, marking the date of the merger between Cardigan CAB and Aberystwyth CAB – established in the early 80s and 90s respectively. Citizens Advice Ceredigion


provides free, confidential and independent advice to anyone, on


Sandra Arnold, has commented on the award stating: “Volunteers have always been at the head of everything that we do, and this award is a welcome recognition of the effort that goes into recruitment, induction, training, support and development of volunteers and their roles.” Cardigan Advice Manager,


Sophie Francis, added: “Our clients are always amazed to hear that the high-quality service we deliver is underpinned by those that are unpaid and our volunteers help us to have a real stake in the communities we serve.” Quality and Training Manager,


Glynis Llewelyn, then continued: “The process of applying for this award has been really useful for us.


years ago when they decided to buy pigs and rear for themselves. Soon they found friends and family asking if they had any spare, and from this they had the idea to open a butcher’s shop. First opening their doors to


THIS YEAR’S Pork from


Wales campaign will make consumers think about how far their pork is from their fork. As part of the campaign, Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) will be giving consumers throughout Wales the chance to win a hog roast in an innovative new marketing push. The theme of the marketing


campaign is ‘Porximity’, and is designed to highlight how many dedicated, specialist pork producers there are in Wales. The campaign builds on the momentum gathered last year by the Welsh pork industry since the launch of the Porc.Wales website and directory.


Citizens Advice receives recognition for volunteers


We’ve been able to take a fresh look at how we do things and make sure our procedures and the roles we offer are fit for 2016 and beyond. We hope it will give others the confidence to get in touch and find out more about volunteering with us, knowing that we put time and resources into supporting volunteers and that we view this as a genuine investment.” Over 80% of Citizens Advice


Ceredigion’s paid staff have previously been volunteers with the company and it’s clear that they value the progression of their volunteers. Of those that go on to paid work outside the organisation, many say that the training and experience they gained were invaluable in finding a job. Chairman Paul Hinge concluded,


stating: “We are very fortunate to have a large proportion of volunteers that stay with us for many years – with two of our volunteers celebrating 15 years, three 10 years and one even 35 years of involvement with our Citizens Advice this year. Achieving Investors in Volunteers in 2016 is the icing on the cake!”


The online competition entitled


‘Hog It!’ will give pork consumers an exclusive chance to win a full hog roast for an event of their choice – a wedding, a birthday or a community celebration. All consumers need to do is search for their closest pork producer using the Porc.Wales website and sharing it on Twitter. The pork industry in Wales is


dominated by small-scale, artisan producers, who are dedicated to rearing the very best pork. Stephen, Nicky, and Abi Evans


are a small scale family producer in Llanarth who run the Awesome Pork Butchers, showcased on the Porc.Wales website. The family moved to West Wales only eight


the public five years ago, they get much of their business from holiday makers to the New Quay and Aberaeron area, as well as the locals who support them all year round. Keeping traditional native


breeds, they currently have a registered Gloucestershire Old Spot sow and boar, traditional Large Whites and Saddlebacks. Their pigs are reared outside where they are free to root about and snuffle up fruit and acorns. This natural lifestyle is truly reflected in the taste. The Awesome Pork range


includes a selection of 60 different flavours over a wide spectrum, including specials such as wild garlic and mushroom and their fiery Welsh dragon.


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