Health and Wellbeing

Cymdogion Cynnes

cynnesWe recognise the importance of keeping warm during the winter months and the possible impact which it has on our health. In an attempt to ensure that Ceredigion residents do not have to endure living in cold conditions, organizations throughout Ceredigion have come together to develop the Cymdogion Cynnes Pack which includes information such as grants and funding assistance, keeping well during winter, keeping yourself warm, financial advice and a directory of relevant services.

Cymdogion Cynnes

To find out more or to receive a paper copy of the Cymdogion Cynnes document, please contact: Naomi McDonagh on 01545 572105 or email:

Club Cosy – Ceredigion Fuel Clubs

clwbOver 1100 Ceredigion residents are buying fuel together in clubs across the county. The clubs have successfully delivered enormous benefits to their members, with many serving their communities for several years.  They have been set up and organised by highly motivated people working on a voluntary basis.

What is an oil buying syndicate?

An oil buying syndicate (also known as an oil club or oil co-operative) enables people to join together to bulk purchase heating oil at a discounted price. Syndicate sizes can vary, from just a few neighbours, to larger community groups with a hundred or more members. In most groups, orders are managed by one or more volunteer co-ordinators who negotiate a competitive price from fuel suppliers.

How often do they order?

Ordering frequencies range from every fortnight in times of peak demand, down to 3 times a year. Some order on the 1st day of every month and some have an ad-hoc approach, based on demand. Often they will avoid ordering in December and January when demand is high and suppliers may prioritise individual ordering and load prices.

What are the benefits?

Savings – Syndicate members can benefit from financial savings. Savings are made on bulk purchasing but they can also be made because, on becoming part of a syndicate, people with existing long term agreements sometimes find they are already paying higher than average prices. In some cases in Ceredigion, people have saved up to a third on their fuel bill.

How do I become a member of my local club?

Find your club and contact your local coordinator, they will let you know how the club runs and what details you need to give them, most run via email or through a central community center. For details of your local club please visit the ‘Club Cosy – Ceredigion Fuel Clubs’ page on the Ceredigion Council website.

National Exercise Referral Scheme (NERS)

exerciseWhat is it?

The National Exercise Referral Scheme (NERS) is designed to aid individuals, who have been identified by their Medical Practitioner, to take up the benefits of participating in high quality, supervised, enjoyable exercise programme to improve health and wellbeing.

How do I access the Scheme?

The scheme can be obtained through a visit to your Doctor’s Surgery, who will refer you to a member of the Ceredigion County Council Health Intervention team to contact you.

How will I benefit?

A number of physical and psychological benefits have been reported through the scheme including muscular strength increase, helping to maintain independence, being able to carry out daily activities for longer as well as becoming more confident.

Want to know more?

For further information about NERS contact Paul Jones, Exercise Referral Coordinator: 01970 633610 or 07812087968 or visit the website:

Postural Stability Exercise Class

Are you concerned about yourself or a friend / family member who has had a fall or is afraid of falling? Ceredigion’s National Exercise Referral Scheme are now conducting Postural Stability Exercise Classes across Ceredigion. For some these classes can reduce the chance of falling by up to 54%. For more information contact your GP or Paul Jones, Ceredigion Actif: 01970 633610 or

Dysgu Bro

dysguDysgu Bro aim to provide learning opportunities for the people of Ceredigion in their community which will encourage the development of new interests, work towards gaining a qualification or improve skills in the workplace.

What Courses are available?

Dysgu Bro offers a range of different courses including:

  • IT Basics
  • Creative Courses
  • Lifestyle Courses
  • Digital Skills Courses
  • Life Skills
  • Bespoke Training

To find out more about these courses and what they involve, or for a recent brochures, please contact Dysgu Bro:

Phone: 01970 633540


Where can I access Dysgu Bro Courses?

Training Centres for Dysgu Bro courses are available at community venues or workplace or at any one of the following locations within Ceredigion:

  • Aberaeron
  • Penparcau
  • Cardigan
  • Llandysul

For more information call: 01970 633540 or visit the Dysgu Bro website:

CAVO – Volunteering Opportunities

There is good evidence to support that volunteering brings a number of health benefits and improve quality of life. CAVO volunteer centre supports voluntary work in Ceredigion and are able to provide a service to individuals who are interested in volunteering and to organisations who involve volunteers in their work. To find out more call: 01570 423232 or email: or go to:

Home Fire Safety Checks

Staff from Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service now offer Free Home Fire Safety checks and will supply and install a smoke alarm free of charge.

To find out more please contact: 0800 169 1234 or you can complete an online ‘Request a Home Fire Assessment Form’ at:

Choose Well – Hywel Dda University Health Board

If you are feeling unwell, ‘Choose Well’ can help you decide whether or not you need to seek medical attention.

Call: 0845 4647

For more information visit the Hywel Dda Website: or the Choose Well website:

Your Local GP Surgery

    • Tan-Y-Fron Surgery – 01545 570271
    • Church Surgery – 01970 624855
    • Padarn Surgery – 01970 624545
    • Ystwyth Medical Group – 01970 613500
    • Borth Medical Practice – 01970 871475
    • Ashleigh Surgery – 01239 621227
    • Cardigan Health Centre – 01239 612021
    • Lampeter Medical Practice – 01570 422665
    • Llynyfran surgery – 01559 364000
    • Meddygfa Teifi Surgery – 08448 151117
    • Llanilar Health Centre – 01974 241556
    • Brynmeddyg Surgery – 01570 480244
    • Meddygfa Emlyn – 01239 710479
    • The Surgery – 01545 560203
    • Tregaron Surgery – 01974 298218