A bursary to support young people aged 11-25 to help them with their future aspirations, has been awarded to four successful applicants for their innovative ideas. The bursaries will be given at the Ceredigion Youth Service’s awards evening on Tuesday, 9 April at Theatr Felinfach.

The four successful young people are Joseph Griffiths, Owen Schroder, Mari Roberts and Oliver James. They were awarded the bursary for their positive ideas that could impact their lives and the lives other young people in Ceredigion.

Joseph, from Llechryd was awarded £200 to pursue his career as a lifeguard. Owen, from Lampeter was awarded £150 to purchase marketing equipment to launch his woodturning business. Mari, from Llandysul was awarded £100 to support the purchase of resources and equipment to deliver ‘Jyngl workshops’ in primary schools across Ceredigion. The Jyngl workshops are plant and wellbeing-based; bringing nature to the classroom. Oliver, from St Dogmaels was awarded £150 to help with the purchase of first aid resources, to support his volunteering as a first aider at local sports clubs in Ceredigion.

The bursary, provided by West Wales Holiday Cottages and delivered through Ceredigion Youth Service, provided the opportunity for young people to apply for a sum of up to £600.

Ceredigion Youth Service’s Children and Young People’s Participation Officer, Gwion Bowen said, “We are extremely grateful to West Wales Holiday Cottages for allowing us to offer this valuable opportunity to young people in Ceredigion. Like ourselves, West Wales Holiday Cottages recognise that many young people living in Ceredigion may need some additional support to access training, support or start up a business. We look forward to awarding the four successful applicants their bursaries at our annual awards evening.”

A total of 35 applications were received. Applications ranged from social enterprises to project ideas, community events and training requests. The applications were looked at in great detail and chosen by Ceredigion’s Youth Forum. The forum is a panel made up of young people from all over Ceredigion, who access Ceredigion Youth Service provision.