Three Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol (National Welsh College) Student Ambassadors have been appointed by Grŵp Llandrillo Menai. There will be one based at each of its three colleges: Coleg Llandrillo, Coleg Menai and Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor.
The aim of the Ambassadors' work is to reflect and increase the opportunities available to use the Welsh language within the Grŵp, to persuade their peers the value of Welsh language and bilingual skills (both within education and extracurricular), as well as raising awareness of the resources and scholarships that Coleg Cymraeg has to offer for young people. Despite these challenging and changing times, opinions and ideas from the learners are central to the work of the Grŵp Llandrillo Menai branch.
17-year-old Seren Haf Brown from Denbigh has been appointed as a Student Ambassador for Coleg Llandrillo. New to her role since January, Seren is studying Sport at Coleg Llandrillo's Rhos-on-Sea campus. A fluent Welsh speaker who studies through the medium of Welsh, she is aware of the opportunities that the language gives her now as well as work opportunities in the future.
As an Ambassador I would like to encourage students to express themselves in Welsh. Sport is a way for me to use Welsh naturally every day, without even realising it.
She is delighted to be working with Hannah Hughes, who is the Rugby Engagement Officer for the Grŵp. Seren has been a Gold Active Ambassador for the Grŵp since the programme was launched. She inspires others to take part in physical activity and promotes the importance of health and well-being.
Seren has volunteered and promoted women's rugby in her local community in Ruthin, coaching and refereeing events and exercises and supporting pre-RGC and Wales' under-20 rugby events at Eirias Park. In addition to this, Seren was a leading member of a steering group that launched this year's 'It Won't Stop Us Campaign' to raise awareness of menstrual poverty to ensure female students at Grŵp Llandrillo Menai have access to free menstrual products.
I wanted to help people get involved in sport and get as much experience as possible in coaching and refereeing to begin with. Then I realised that I wanted to make a difference and encourage more learners to participate and see the benefit of taking part in extracurricular activities offered by the college.
Sara Davies, Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol Branch Officer, said:
With the Six Nations international rugby competition underway, we will be announcing a competition with the chance to win a Welsh rugby fan pack including a Welsh rugby shirt! Follow our social media (@GllmRygbi @SCGLlM) for more information on how you can get your hands on this kit!
The Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol was founded in 2011. Since its establishment, the Coleg plans and supports Welsh language Higher Education provision in a strategic manner across Welsh universities. Following a review of the Coleg's activities in 2016/17, the Welsh Government asked the Coleg to extend its work to the post-16 sector, encompassing further education and apprenticeships. The Coleg's aim is to work with providers to ensure and develop more Welsh-medium study opportunities for learners, students and apprentices in Wales.