The Week That Was #367

1. Sharing the story of a mum who returned to college while juggling cancer treatment and caring responsibilities

Coleg y Cymoedd learner Emma Hughes has an impressive story to tell. Diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer at 32, which resulted in a double mastectomy and having her ovaries removed, the mum of two was inspired by the support she received from the NHS to pursue a career in the health service. Emma returned to college as a mature learner, balancing her studies with ongoing cancer treatment and her role as the main carer for her disabled son. Despite these challenges, in just two years, she has gone from having no qualifications to studying a Disability Nursing degree at university and even winning an award for her commitment to study. You can read more about her story here.

2. Two nomads, one Celtic discovery

Off the beaten track, rugged, unspoilt. These descriptors are music to the ears of self-proclaimed nomads and travel influencers Harry and Lydia from the The Nomads You Know. We sent the couple on a Celtic quest on behalf of our client, Celtic Routes, to discover the wonders of west Wales, in order to share their journey with their awesome 22k Instagram followers. Journeying across the counties of Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire, Harry and Lydia discovered roads less travelled with Celtic Routes partners Guided Pilgrimage, Llandysul Paddlers and Leanne Bird Wellbeing on a unique and immersive adventure. Follow their trip highlights on Instagram.

3. Inspiring a new generation of hospitality workers

From professional bakers and head chefs to Instagram foodies, we’ve been working with Working Wales and Visit Wales to raise the profile of careers in the hospitality and tourism sector. We are working with Welsh influencers, all with unique experiences of the industry, to share their journeys and the benefits of working in hospitality; from building confidence and making friends, to running a successful business. Check out @littlewelshfoodie and @dinnerwithb on Instagram to hear more about why you should #JoinTheExperienceMakers.

4. It’s a great time to be a woman in football

Ryan Reynolds works hard but Be Cymru work harder. We’ve been running the FAW’s Be Cymru Instagram community for three years now, an initiative dedicated to supporting and uplifting women and girls in football here in Wales and something close to our hearts. From giving girls climbing the industry ladder a platform, promoting grassroots and national women’s fixtures and sharing cute dog pics (yes, really!) the Be Cymru community is growing and thriving, a lot like the future of women’s football in Wales. Check out our work and be inspired.

5. Helping Seren learners ‘go for gold’ in national competitions

Gold, silver and bronze awards filled the halls of schools across Wales this week as talented Seren learners received their results for a range of nationally recognised competitions. The British Informatics Olympiad, British Physics Olympiad, UK Linguistics Olympiad and the brand-new Ser Mathemateg Cymru were all delivered by our client, Seren, in schools across Wales.  Our team took on the ever-important role of spreading the word on social media and encouraging sign-ups to these super-curricular exams.

Congratulatory posts have already began flooding the Seren inbox, sharing the brilliant results of learners from English and Welsh schools across the nation. In the coming week we too will be sharing congratulatory posts across Seren to our gold award winners, one of whom earned the highest state-school score in the British Informatics Olympiad.

Keep an eye on Seren’s Twitter to keep up to date.