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Youth innovation scheme celebrates 100th bursary.

A PROJECT that helps enterprising young people in Gwynedd trial ideas for innovative and creative ventures in the communities where they live has temporarily closed to new applications for funding.

Llwyddo'n Lleol/Get on in Gwynedd has supported enterprising young people from all parts of Gwynedd and recently awarded its 100th bursary.

Since February 2006 it has been able to award bursaries of up to pounds 1,000, with the average award over the past two years working out at pounds 827.

But organisers now say the project has been so successful that all monies that were available have been allocated and it is unable to accept further bids for cash support at the moment.

However, efforts to top up the bursary funds are underway and Llwyddo'n Lleol is expect to re-open for further bids in August.

The 100th bursary was awarded to t-shirt designer Lowri Fretwell, of Penygroes, who impressed the bursary panel with her plans to design and print a range of goods which now includes corporate wear, baby t-shirts, bibs, bags, and greetings cards.

She said: "Without the Llwyddo'n Lleol bursary, I wouldn't have been able to begin this venture. Having graduated in print-making I wanted to develop my skills and venturing into a screen printing business was an exciting opportunity."

She said she had begun selling through a unit at Canolfan Fenter Dyffryn Nantlle and was also seeking other outlets for her products.

Iwan Trefor Jones, Gwynedd council's strategic development director, said: "Gwynedd Council is delighted with the way the county's young people have responded to this exciting project. The Llwyddo'n Lleol bursary is a key project in our aim of offering young people the support they need towards social and economic life in their local communities."

The programme, supported by the WAG's Rural Community Action fund, Gwynedd Council, the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and the Gwynedd 14-19 Network, has supported initiatives from a card making enterprise in Dinas Mawddwy to a script writing scheme in Rhiwlas.


T-shirt designer Lowri Fretwell is the 100th recipient of a bursary under the Llwyddo'n Lleol/Get On In Gwynedd scheme
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jun 11, 2008
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