Due to the overwhelming success of last year's healthy initiative, Grŵp Llandrillo Menai has relaunched its Active Ambassador Programme, designed to develop leaders of the future across the college group, promoting the importance of health and wellbeing, reducing sedentary behaviour and participating in physical activity, whilst building a stronger community.

Learners enrolling on the programme will not need to be elite athletes, the programme is aimed at enthusiastic and motivated Grŵp Llandrillo Menai learners who want to make a difference in their college and local community through volunteering. Grŵp Llandrillo Menai comprises Coleg Llandrillo, Coleg Menai and Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor.

As part of the programme enrolees will: be the youth voice for physical activity in their college and community; promote the positive values of activity; be a role model for promoting wellbeing and a healthy lifestyle, and increase participation opportunities and healthy lifestyles for everyone.

The programme welcomes any enthusiastic learner who wants to make a difference in their college or community, learners do not have to be an athlete to be part of the programme. The Active Ambassador Programme looks to attract a wide range of skills and abilities to be more diverse and inclusive.

Across the college group, hundreds of learners have already signed up to the programme - registering their interest in becoming an ambassador - and are already building community connections and volunteering with a variety of projects.

The programme is designed to build the leadership skills of young people, and as a result they will be empowered to take on the following roles: be the youth voice for physical activity in their college and community; promote the positive values of activity; be a role model for Grŵp Llandrillo Menai's well-being framework by adopting an active and healthy lifestyle, and increase participation opportunities and healthy lifestyles for everyone.

Kristina Aguilar, 18, from Bethesda - who is a Biomedical Science student at the college group's Bangor campus - has been a Grŵp Llandrillo Menai Active Ambassador since the programme started last year. She has recently been selected to join the 2020/21 National Young Ambassador Steering Group of Wales (YACymru). Following in the footsteps of last year's Platinum Active Ambassador Tirion Thomas (Dolgellau campus), Kristina will be representing Grŵp Llandrillo Menai on the National Steering Group for Wales.

There are five different types of Active Ambassador Programmes available, each focusing on a specific interests and skills sets: Event Volunteer, Active Leader, Coach, Official and Manager. As part of the programme students will be able to: complete volunteering hours in the community; access opportunities and support; take part in project ideas, and access additional training and qualifications.

Samantha McIlvogue, director of Learner Services at Grŵp Llandrillo Menai, said:

This trailblazing programme - which is the first of its kind in Wales - will have a positive effect on our learners' health and well-being, as well as having a tremendous impact on the wider community as a whole. Providing engagement opportunities in activity to support learner well-being is one of a series of approaches being taken by Grwp Llandrillo Menai.

Hannah Hughes works across the group's campuses in Denbighshire, Gwynedd, Conwy and Anglesey and has been tasked with developing an inclusive programme of learner participation, including the Active Ambassador Programme.

To find out further information about the scheme including activities undertaken by our previous Active Ambassadors, please contact Hannah Hughes.

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