Students Help Shape Wellbeing Strategy

Over eighty class representatives from Coleg Llandrillo, Coleg Menai and Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor, came together earlier this week (Tuesday, February 28th), to take part in the first in-person Further Education conference in over three years.

The interactive cross-Grŵp conference, held at Coleg Menai’s Friars campus in Bangor, focused on Student Wellbeing and raising awareness of the Grŵp’s charity, Shelter Cymru. The all-day session gave learners a platform to share their views and experiences of life at college, and an opportunity to speak to senior staff members regarding any ideas they may have to enhance the wellbeing support, activities and facilities available at college.

Students were also encouraged to consider ideas of wellbeing activities they would like to see happen at their college, including the creation of societies such as ‘book clubs’ and ‘film clubs’, and the planning of excursions such as go-karting, swimming, and other physical activities.

Guest speakers from partner charities ‘Shelter Cymru’ and ‘RASASC North Wales’ also attended, to host activities with the students.

Frankie Mairs from Shelter Cymru, outlined what the Charity do and how they can provide support to anyone facing homelessness. Students were invited to share their ideas on different types of fundraising activities they host at their college to raise money.

The students also heard from Mared Williams, Independent Sexual Violence Advisor from RASASC North Wales, who raised awareness of the different types of sexual harassment and violence, and what to do if they, or their peers ever experience such instances. Mared’s session ended with a quiz.

Talks were given to the students by staff members, including Dafydd Evans, Chief Executive of Grŵp Llandrillo Menai, and Coleg Menai and Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor Principal, Aled Jones-Griffith.

Dafydd Evans, Chief Executive at Grŵp Llandrillo Menai, said,

“We were so pleased to have finally been able to hold this fantastic event in person again this year, after three years of holding it online due to Covid.

The student voice is pivotal to shaping the direction of the Grŵp and its wellbeing strategy, and we’re so grateful to the students who got involved and shared their opinions and ideas with us.

He added,

“It was great to see students from all of our campuses getting to know each other and collaborating to work on the activities”.

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