Leader & Cabinet Members' Young Person Bursary Scheme awarded

Successful applicants of the inaugural Leader & Cabinet Members' Young Person Bursary Scheme have been awarded their funds and certificates at an official ceremony.

The 32 young people who were awarded bursaries from this year’s scheme were invited to the event to meet the leader and cabinet members of Telford & Wrekin Council.

The annual bursary scheme aims to support and help children and young people living in Telford and Wrekin.

It is designed to assist those children and young people who have been identified as gifted and talented in areas such as further education/training, sports, arts, culture, dance and music.

The scheme is being funded by money saved from reductions to Cabinet allowances. Since 2011, the council’s Cabinet have chosen to forgo ten per cent of their special responsibility allowance. For 2016/17, the total bursary fund was £12,000.

Applications were received from a wide range of different specialisms, from sport, music and arts, to education, training and dance. They also came from all over the borough – from Dawley to High Ercall, from Longden on Tern to Stirchley.

Councillor Shaun Davies, leader of Telford & Wrekin Council, said: “We were delighted to welcome so many of the successful applicants to the Council to meet them and to hear about their achievements.

“We have been delighted to be able to help so many of our very talented local children and young people.

“The high standard and range of these applications from children and young people in the borough demonstrates the educational, cultural and sporting excellence and commitment of these individuals and their families.”

The Leader & Cabinet Members' Young Person Bursary Scheme will return in 2018, with applications opening in the spring of 2018.

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