Students from the Independent Living Skills department at Coleg Meiron-Dwyfor's Dolgellau campus won an impressive array of medals at the All Wales Inclusive Skills competitions in Newport recently, competing against Colleges from all four corners of Wales. This was the very first time the department had entered this competition so the fact that they left with 3 gold medals and 1 bronze is particularly impressive.

Anna Haf Robertes from Pen Morfa near Porthmadog took Gold for 'Setting a Table', whilst co-student Connor Jones from Dolgellau also had Gold success in the category of 'Preparing Tea for Two.'  As a result, they will both now go on to compete at UK level at the UK Finals in Birmingham this autumn.

Anna said:

I am really pleased with my trophy. I was competing against 12 others so it was a lovely surprise to win the Gold.  My family and friends are really proud of me, and I am now looking forward to competing in the UK finals.

Connor said:

I had to make 2 different types of sandwiches, using different breads and fillings, and then make them look good on the cake stand.  I also had to decorate scones and a cupcake and then make a miniature dessert.  I made a lemon posset.  It all had to look nice as well as taste good.  I am so pleased with my Gold -my family and friends are all so proud - and I can't wait to compete in the autumn now.

Independent Living Skills Lecturer Morfudd Pughe Richards said:

The students' success is due to their hard work and preparation and we are so proud of what they have achieved.  It is the first time that we as a department entered this competition so it was all a bit nerve wracking at first, and the students managed to get Gold despite being outside their comfort zone - they had to use unfamiliar materials and their initiative to follow the brief.  They have done so well and we are proud of them.  They certainly had to use their independent living skills to achieve this, and did themselves proud.

Connor will be going off on work experience soon, working at Gwesty Seren and at the College's restaurant Bwyty'r Gader, where he will be able to put his medal-winning skills into practice I'm sure.

Also winning medals from the Independent Living Skills Department were Abi Jones from Porthmadog, Freya Preston from Blaenau Ffestiniog and Rose Sunderland from Blaenau Ffestiniog who were in the team which took the Bronze in the Media Level 1 category for 'Producing a Storyboard based on a Horror Film.'

Georgia Harley from Blaenau Ffestiniog took Gold in the Health and Social Care Level 1 category for 'Planning a day out for a Service User.'  Georgia will also compete at UK level at the UK Finals in Birmingham this autumn.

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