THREE young people from the Cardigan area are among four successful applicants for bursaries backed by a local business to support those aged 11-25 with their future aspirations.

The bursaries, provided by Sarnau-based West Wales Holiday Cottages and delivered through Ceredigion Youth Service, will be handed over at the Ceredigion Youth Service’s awards evening on Tuesday, April 9 at Theatr Felinfach.

The four successful young people are Joseph Griffiths, from Llechryd; Mari Roberts, from Llandysul; Oliver James, from St Dogmaels, along with Owen Schroder from Lampeter.

They were awarded the bursary for their positive ideas that could impact their lives and the lives other young people in Ceredigion.

Joseph was awarded £200 to pursue his career as a lifeguard.

Mari received £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 will receive £150 to help with the purchase of first aid resources, to support his volunteering as a first aider at local sports clubs in Ceredigion.

Owen, from Lampeter was awarded £150 to purchase equipment to launch his woodturning business

The bursary from West Wales Holiday Cottages 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 chosen by Ceredigion’s Youth Forum, a panel made up of young people from all over Ceredigion.