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Pride in Your Place Awards 2013 Every year thousands of people do their bit to improve the quality of the environment across the whole of the county borough. The Pride in Your Place Awards is an initiative that acknowledges the endeavour, innovation and commitment of those who have helped to make our area cleaner, safer and greener and a better place to live and work. The award scheme is open to all residents, schools, businesses and community groups within the county borough. The closing date for applications is 11 October 2013. Categories: Go Wild! Rewarding wildlife and countryside work that has helped enrich biodiversity. Keeping Up Appearances Rewarding cleanliness and attractiveness of a business premises (shop, business, factory etc.). Best Environmental Business Reward for innovation and environmental excellence. Recycling in Schools Rewarding resourcefulness, waste minimisation and recycling activities. Environmental Education Rewarding excellence in Eco Project work in our schools and colleges. Healthy Living Rewarding activities that promote healthy lifestyles. Sustainable Travel Rewarding innovation and excellence in transport initiatives. Best Community Project Rewarding activities and events that have improved the well-being, safety and/or quality of the environment in our local communities. Best Kept Area Acknowledging the efforts of a neighbourhood for improving the quality of their local environment. Youth Environmental Champion Reward for an outstanding individual (Aged 25 and under) who has contributed to improving the environment and the well-being of the community. Environmental Champion Reward for an outstanding individual (over 25 years) who has contributed to improving the environment and the well-being of the community. Pride in your place Application Form
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IWA / Western Mail Business Awards for Wales 2013 Once again the Institute of Welsh Affairs and Western Mail have joined forces to run the national Business Awards for Wales. The awards scheme is designed to recognise and honour the achievements of Welsh Businesses in all their variety. Categories cover all aspects of Business Activity and entries are sought from all business sectors right across Wales. Our 10 categories are: Company of the Year <£10m sponsored by ACCA Cymru Wales New Startup Company of the Year sponsored by Go Green Environmental Awards sponsored by The Waterloo Foundation Creative Marketing Award sponsored by Orchard Media & Events Group Best use of foreign languages in Business sponsored by CILT Cymru, the National Centre for languages in Wales Learning & Development Staff Award sponsored by USW Commercial Services Young Achiever sponsorship available PwC Young Enterprise Award Company of the Year >£10m sponsored by gap personnel Entrepreneur of the Year sponsorship available The closing date for all categories is Friday 20th September 2013 For category criteria and to request an entry form, please click here If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities please call 029 2066 0820. The exclusive awards ceremony and gala dinner ball will take place on Friday 8th November 2013 at Cardiff City Hall, where the winners of the Awards will be announced. The Awards provide an excellent and unique opportunity to increase your company’s profile, throughout Wales and the UK, as all finalists will be profiled in the weeks preceding the Awards Ceremony. We hope that you will take the opportunity of benefiting from this widespread exposure, and…
Free school breakfast clubs Free Breakfast Clubs have been introduced in many Primary Schools in Caerphilly in accordance with Welsh Assembly Guidance. Breakfast has long been recognised as the most important meal of the day and evidence suggests that children who have the opportunity to eat a healthy and nutritious breakfast prior to the start of the school day are more likely to achieve their full educational potential. The Welsh Assembly Government made a commitment to provide for all children of primary school age registered in maintained primary schools in Wales to have a free breakfast. All breakfasts offered should be healthy and consistent with the Primary School Free Breakfast Initiative guidance. The breakfast offered should include a choice of four food groups: – Milk-based drinks or products Cereals – these can be whole-wheat biscuits, corn flakes, rice based cereal, shredded wholegrain wheat biscuits, malted wheat squares, bran flakes, or porridge. None of these options must be sugar coated. Fruit – this can be a selection of chopped fresh fruit or dried fruit to add to the cereals, fruit canned in natural fruit juice, or unsweetened fruit juices. Breads served with low fat spread and reduced sugar jams and marmalade. Children should be provided with the option of having one item from each of the four food groups. Participating schools are listed below: Aberbargoed Primary Abercarn Primary Abertysswg Primary Bedwas Infants Bedwas Junior Blackwood Primary Bryn Primary Brynawel Primary Cefn Fforest Primary (Junior) Coed-y-Brain Primary Crumlin Primary Cwm Glas Infants Cwm Ifor Primary Cwmaber Infants Cwmcarn Primary Cwmfelinfach Primary Cwrt Rawlin Primary Fleur-de-Lys Primary…
Local Businesses – be part of the Caerphilly 10k As you may be aware we are hosting Caerphilly’s first ever 10k which will be taking place on Sunday 23rd June. As the organisers Caerphilly Council’s Business Enterprise Support Team and Sports Development Team are very excited about the event and want to ensure that it is one to remember for the participants. We would like to make Caerphilly 10k an annual event and therefore want runners to remember the great day they had by taking part in a fantastic road run through the streets of Caerphilly, as well as remembering the gifts received after the run. We are approaching local businesses to see if they would like to be part of the event by entering a team into the race but also on this occasion we would like to gauge interest in providing products for the goodie bags. Do you have an product that you feel would be suitable to be included in the goodie bag? We will require approximately 1,200 of the products and we will need them by 10th June to ensure all bags can be packed ready for the event. If you feel that you can get involved by offering a product for the goodie bag please contact by Friday 31st May. In return we will ensure your logo is added to the website and we will gladly erect a banner on the event site for you. Don’t forget if you would like to enter a team you can do this by visiting Thank you for your time.
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Nominate your local heroes in the Voluntary Sector Awards 2013 It is time again to nominate your local heroes for the recognition they deserve with the Voluntary Sector Achievement Awards 2013! The annual award ceremony is organised by Caerphilly County Borough Council and GAVO and rewards local volunteers for their contribution to the community. The categories for this year’s Voluntary Sector Achievement Awards are: Young Volunteer of the Year – Sponsored by Gwent Police and open to individual volunteers aged 25 and under Record Breaking Volunteer – Longest service as an individual volunteer Environmental Volunteer – An individual or group of volunteers who have contributed to improving their environment Fundraising Volunteer – Focuses on the method used to fundraise, rather than specifically the amount of money raised Employer Supported Volunteer – Individual or group of volunteers who via their employers encouragement and support have contributed to the well-being of the community. Inspirational Volunteer – A person with learning or physical disabilities who, in being an inspirational volunteer, has contributed to the wellbeing of the community Retired Senior Volunteer – Open to individual volunteers aged 60 and over Practical Service Adult Volunteer (Individual) Practical Service Adult Volunteer (Group) – Individuals/groups who have provided service to improve the quality of life for another person or for the community New Volunteer – An individual who is new to voluntary work (within the last eighteen months) The closing date for all applications is Friday 26th April 2013 – all individual and group volunteers must carry out their voluntary work within Caerphilly county borough. The award ceremony will take place at Penallta House on 19th June 2013. Download the Voluntary Sector Awards 2013 nomination form or call 01443 863540.
Feast your eyes on the Caerphilly Food Festival Website The Caerphilly Food Festival is going at it alone in 2013 for its second year in existence. Following the overwhelming success of 2012, with the food festival coinciding with the Olympic Torch Relay event this years food festival, which is part funded by the Welsh Government, will fill the streets with delicious smells and wonderful sights. To help you get the most from the festival the food festival website is now live to give you up to date information on what is taking place at the event. Continuously being updated, the website covers the vast array of activities and events that will be taking place on the day, from cooking demonstrations, craft workshops and musical performances. The website will also have all the travel and access information to ensure everyone can arrange their day for maximum enjoyment. The Food Festival which will take place on 4th May has a special guest in the form of a celebrity chef. If you fancy having an autograph off or picture taken with Jean Christophe Novelli then Caerphilly is the place to be! Jean will be carrying out cookery demonstrations, book signing and autograph sessions throughout the day. Visit to view full details about the event. Cllr Ken James, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Planning and Sustainable Development said, “The Caerphilly Food Festival is great day out for the whole family and to get the most out of it I recommend everyone heads to the website so they can ensure they don’t miss out on anything on the day and plan a stress free journey to and from…
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Get Caerphilly online has now helped 2,500 people Get Caerphilly Online is a partnership between existing initiatives supported by the Welsh Government Communities 2.0 programme, Caerphilly Borough Council and Get IT Together. The project aims to pull down barriers of digital exclusion to make sure that people from all walks of life and ages can benefit from the internet. Whether its sending a first email, signing up to the latest social media platforms such as Facebook to talk to a long lost aunty in Australia, setting up online banking or making the first online purchase. More and more services are now being pushed online instead of receiving paper statements and the government is also pushing it’s services such as benefits and job matching so it is important that people feel confident using a computer and the internet so the Get Caerphilly online helps complete novices and also refresher courses for intermediate users with drop in sessions at local libraries. The campaign has recently benefited from the support of volunteers and is keen to recruit more to develop more opportunities across the borough and to become a digital champion for the area. Get more information on volunteering and the campaign or through Facebook and Twitter.
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Accountancy for Creative Industries Course Location: Welsh ICE, Caerphilly Date: April 18, 26 & May 2, 3 – 2013 Time: 09:30 Cost: A confirmed place on this course requires a contribution of £50 towards training cost* This course is for anyone who is expecting to manage financial resources, interpret financial data and interact with accountants. It demystifies the language of the accountant and provides an understanding of accounts including financial statements and budgets. You will study * The terminology of the accountant * The basic principles of accounting * Financial statements and their elements * Simple accounts preparation * Analysis and interpretation of financial statements using key ratios and other methods * Key budgets and budget preparation * Analysis of actual vs budget and the major causes of differences * Performance measurement * Regulatory and legal burdens By the end of the course you will be knowledgable in: Accountancy terminology and principles The preparation and presentation of financial and management accounting information and the use of this information for corporate decision-making purposes The issues that affect financial statements and budgets The use of financial statement analysis in various decision-making contexts The regulatory burdens of small vs large organisations in areas such as taxation, company law, audit, corporate governance and ethics The importance of financial management skills for all types of organisations and common sources of finance Conduct research and demonstrate critical thinking, analysis and synthesis skills. Be able to express complex financial ideas fluently and comprehensively at a strategic level, and develop arguments. Tutor Wyn Innes is an experienced businessman, who has worked in the…
MMR Vaccination Clinics – Saturday 13th April Two MMR vaccination clinics are being held by Aneurin Bevan Health Board on Saturday 13th April in response to the recent measles outbreak in the Swansea area. The purpose is to help protect people living in Gwent from measles. The clinics in Newport and Ystrad Mynach will target those between the age of 1 year + and 25 years of age, and in particular we are keen to vaccinate people in the 16 – 25 age group.  It is crucial that young people are vaccinated prior to the school and college exam season. Measles is an extremely contagious virus, which can lead to serious complications and in rare cases can be fatal. We urge all parents to ensure their child has had their MMR vaccinations and encourage people in the above age groups who are unprotected to attend one of these drop in clinics. People who have had two doses of the MMR will be 99% protected against the disease. GPs will be continuing to vaccinate regularly and if you already have an appointment with your GP please keep this and do not attend these additional clinics, extra clinics will be also held in other areas in Gwent over the coming weeks. Please do not attend if you have felt recently unwell with a temperature or other flu like symptoms. Drop-in MMR vaccination clinics, which are not for babies under the age of 12 months, will be held this coming Saturday 13th April 2013 between 11:00am – 3:00pm in the following locations : Ysbyty Ystrad Fawr Main Outpatients Ystrad Fawr Way Ystrad…
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