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New year, learn to surf the web?

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Getting connected: Using the internet opens up a whole new world!

Getting connected: Using the internet opens up a whole new world!

NOW is the time to get online as Canolfan Hermon is gearing up to get local communities linked to the net in the New Year with a series of different training courses. The courses will roll out over a number of weeks, starting in January, with the aim of helping beginners find their way around personal computers and tablets for the first time, in order to access online services and information. Four in five people in Wales use the Internet and are able to take advantage of the opportunities that the digital world presents.

Canolfan Hermon is committed to helping some of the ‘one in five’ living locally, who are not yet part of the digital revolution with the help of funding from Communities 2.0, a Welsh Government project which tackles digital exclusion across Wales. The courses are free of charge, and hope to encourage certain groups within our communities including the over 50s, people with disabilities, or those who are economically inactive; although the criteria is quite broad and anyone interested shouldn’t be discouraged from making an enquiry about the courses.

Phil Hughes, Centre Cocoordinator at Canolfan Hermon said: “The courses are really aimed at improving people’s lives, particularly people who may feel that digital technology has somehow passed them by. Going online can help people communicate more easily with family and friends, shop for goods at competitive prices, which is particularly helpful in rural areas like ours where transport and access can still be a problem. Also more and more public services are only available online, so a certain level of computer skills is essential to access these services.”

Phil Hughes continued: “With Christmas coming up it’s likely that some people will receive a laptop or tablet as a gift, and may not know how to use it. Our iPad or tablet course can help with that. One of your New Year’s resolutions might be to sort out your finances – our course ‘Money Made Clear’ could be the ideal solution. Maybe you need to look for a new job, Web for Work’ could help you out. Ultimately getting online is about people not feeling isolated and helping them to benefit, both as citizens and consumers.

We’re delighted that Canolfan Hermon can play such a vital role in driving forward this important community learning by using the bespoke training facilities at Community Resource Centre.” The courses will be run at Canolfan Hermon, during the daytime, for small groups of people – generally no more than 4 – 6 people in a group. There will be plenty of individual intuition in a non-competitive environment. If you want to take advantage of these courses, or know a friend, relative or neighbour who would like to learn how to use a computer or tablet to surf the web, we want to hear about it. We can help to train people how to email, browse the web, uuse an online service, communicate with social media or get connected to the Internet at home.

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Fishguard and Goodwick Mural project turns to Crowdfunder to raise money

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PLANS to put up a few bright and decorative murals around the twin towns of Fishguard & Goodwick have turned to Crowdfunder to raise the money needed for their vision.

Andrew Harries, found of the Fishguard Future Projects, wants to place 12 murals around Fishguard and Goodwick “to help brighten up the town and showcase its culture and history”.

Andrew said: “Having been born and raised in Fishguard, I have seen the town’s highs and lows.

“Fishguard and Goodwick has a lot of potential with the tourism trade growing every year and the popular events such as the Music Festivals, The New Years Eve Street Party, The Carnival, The Soapbox Derby and many more helping attract even more visitors.”

The murals, which were initially turned down for funding when a grant application was refused, will focus on the two towns “interesting but lesser known history” that Andrew feels needs to be highlighted.

Andrew told The Herald: “Each design will be 8 x 6ft and mounted professionally on buildings around the area. Having spoken to a few business owners around the town, this project has received a lot of positive feedback.”

“The murals will unfortunately need to be fully funded via Crowdfunder, after a grant application was turned down.

“I have explored the option of having them traditionally painted on, but this would be more cost effective and would need to be maintained every 5 – 8 years. With this in mind, the designs will be created digitally and then professionally mounted on aluminium composite.”

If you want to help, you can find the link to Andrew’s Crowdfunder here.

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Drive for new recruits as Army Cadets re-open

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DYFED AND GLAMORGAN ARMY CADET FORCE are now able to accept new joiners aged 12 (and in Year 8 at School) to 17 years old.

Joining the Army Cadets will give access to a wide range of exciting activities, from adventurous training (AT) such as kayaking, mountain biking and abseiling and Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme to military-themed activities including shooting, fieldcraft and skill at arms, as well as training in first aid, young adults get the chance to discover lots of new experiences and make new friends.  

There is no obligation to join the Forces at all, but they can give some guidance if you are interested.  

There are no subscription charges, uniform is issued free on a loan basis; the only thing you need to supply yourselves is Boots.  

The Cadet Force are also looking for adult volunteers, both uniformed and non-uniformed to assist as well.

They have Detachments located in Fishguard, Haverfordwest, Narberth, Tenby, Milford Haven, Neyland, Pembroke Dock, Tenby, St Clears, Llanelli, Trimsarren and Burry Port.

Most Detachments parade twice a week in the evenings 1900 – 2100hrs on a Monday, Wednesday or Thursday (Depending on Location) and try to get away for a weekend every month as well as organising summer camps. 

Further Information is available at :- www.armycadets.com or call them on 01656 657593 (Option 1) to find out where your local detachment is and what nights they Parade.

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Food Waste Heroes needed in Pembrokeshire

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TESCO’S Pembroke Dock Superstore has joined forces with food sharing app and social enterprise OLIO which is encouraging people across Pembrokeshire to become Food Waste Heroes.

The OLIO app allows anyone who signs up to tackle the issue of food waste at a local level.

OLIO Food Waste Heroes collect surplus food that might otherwise go to waste from supermarkets and other food businesses and share it with others locally for free via a contact-free pick-up.

Food Waste Heroes will be collecting surplus food from Tesco local stores taking part in the scheme, including the Tesco Pembroke Dock Superstore, and take it home ready to upload it to the app and share it with their community.

To reward them for taking part Food Waste Heroes are allowed to keep 10% of anything they collect to enjoy at home.

Saasha Celestial-One, co-founder of OLIO, said: “People become a Food Waste Hero for many different reasons but they each share a commitment to reducing food waste at scale. It is extremely rewarding because distributing large quantities of surplus food via the app means you get to see exactly what food you are preventing from going to waste.

“In the process of sharing our FWHs also get to meet a lot of new people in their neighbourhood, people from all walks of life. Finally, FWHs are able to keep up to 10% of their haul for themselves, so they can enjoy some of the delicious rescued food too!”

OLIO is registered with the Food Standards Agency, which ensures that all food collected is safe for human consumption.

Paul Johns, Store Manager at Tesco Pembroke Dock encouraged people to get involved.

“At Tesco we are committed to tackling food waste and we already donate our store’s surplus food to local charities and community groups through our Community Food Connection scheme with FareShare,” he said.

“But on some days local charities and community groups are unable to collect from us, and that is why we are supporting OLIO in the hunt for Food Waste Heroes across Pembrokeshire so that even more of our surplus food is eaten rather than wasted.”

To become a Food Waste Hero or find out more, visit https://olioex.com/get-involved/volunteer/

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