The achievements of two of Ceredigion’s Academi Bro students were recently celebrated as they completed their final projects.

Over the past year, Cennydd Jones from Pontsian and Llywelyn Jones from Felinfach have been taking part in the Academi Bro project established two years ago by Cered (Menter Iaith Ceredigion/Ceredigion’s Welsh Language Enterprise) and Theatr Felinfach supported by Cynnal y Cardi.

The Academi was set up in order to develop young people’s leadership skills enabling them to take a more prominent role within their communities and by doing so contribute to the sustainability of local bilingual communities. Over the past two years, 10 students have enrolled on the programme taking advantage of the mentoring service, masterclasses and workshops offered.

Cennydd and Llywelyn both completed an end of programme project and were asked to present their work to members of Ceredigion County Council’s Dyfodol Dwyieithog Committee which included the Council Leader, Councillor Ellen ap Gwynn along with representatives from various organisations across the county.

Councillor Ellen ap Gwynn, Leader of Ceredigion County Council said, “It is heart-warming to see these students take part in the Academi Bro programme to develop themselves and their communities. We are very proud to have such talent in the county and wish all the students all the best for the future.”

Cennydd Jones, currently an Agriculture Lecturer at Coleg Sir Gâr, completed a project looking at the future of Pontsian Village Hall based on a review of past usage and options for the future whilst Llywelyn Jones, a freelance musician, focused on organising a musical event based on the work of Robat Arwyn. Both are confident that the skills gained as members of the Academi will enable them to make a valuable and sustained contribution to their communities.

Following their presentations both students were congratulated on producing interesting work which will no doubt make a difference to Ceredigion’s rural communities.

The Academi Bro Ceredigion programme was supported by LEADER through the Cynnal y Cardi Local Working Group (administered by Ceredigion County Council) funded through Welsh Government Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and Welsh Government.