Cered: Menter Iaith Ceredigion's Volunteer Awards Ceremony was held on 17 May at Theatr Felinfach. The evening publicly recognise the efforts of young people who have been volunteering with Cered over the past year.

The evening's guest speakers, Ben Lake MP and Councillor Ellen ap Gwynn, Leader of Ceredigion County Council both gave a short address before presenting the recipients with a series of certificates including Millennium Volunteer scheme certificates. The ceremony finished with Ceredigion County Council Corporate Director, Barry Rees thanking volunteers and their families along with the staff at Cered for their efforts.

Ben Lake MP noted: "It was a pleasure to take part in the Cered and Millennium Volunteers awards ceremony. It was a great privilege to meet and congratulate the young volunteers who have played such an important part in the life and activity of their local neighbourhoods over the last few months. Encouraging young people to participate in community activities and local voluntary work, through the medium of Welsh, is extremely important. It allows them to develop their potential, learn new skills and face challenges that will prepare them to become confident community leaders in the future.”

Council Leader, Councillor Ellen ap Gwynn said: “It was a great pleasure to present certificates to the young people of Ceredigion in recognition of their hard work and achievements in volunteering through the medium of Welsh at a wide range of events, shows and projects.”

Non Davies, Cered Manager said: “It is encouraging to see so many young people willing to volunteer in their communities. The volunteering scheme not only offers practical support to Cered and other organisations and societies in the county but it also offers young people the opportunity to learn a variety of life skills through the medium of Welsh. Cered is keen to build on the success of the scheme in order to ensure the future sustainability of Welsh speaking communities in the area."

A total of 38 young people have been volunteering for Cered over the past year, with Cered planning to further increase volunteer numbers over the next year. For more information on volunteering with Cered contact cered@ceredigion.gov.uk or call the Cered office on 01545 572350.