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Duke of Edinburgh Legacy Bursary Scheme leaves a Lasting Impact

The celebration event for Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council’s second Duke of Edinburgh Legacy Bursary Scheme was held at Mossley Mill, on Tuesday 30 January. Lord-Lieutenant of County Antrim, Mr David McCorkell KStJ along with Alderman John Smyth presented each of the 20 participants with a certificate and £1000 bursary for successfully completing the programme.

The scheme started with a team building day in August 2023 followed by the group meeting every Tuesday night over a 12-week period, from September to early December. The participants got involved in a wide range of activities, including: coding, archery, photography, fitness, environment and climate change, nutrition, animal welfare, drama and money management. The scheme also covered areas of personal development including drugs and alcohol awareness, mental health and good relations.

Chairperson of the Duke of Edinburgh Working Group, Councillor Leah Smyth commented, “I am delighted that the second year of the Duke of Edinburgh Legacy Bursary Scheme was so successful. The feedback that we received from participants and their parents was so positive and I am incredibly proud of the dedication and commitment of all involved. I really hope this bursary helps these young people towards reaching their career goal or progressing their hobby.”

Some of the bursaries awarded will be used to purchase equipment such as laptops, sports equipment and musical instruments. Other participants have chosen to use the funds to undertake tuition including coding, photography, baking, GCSE subjects and music.

Working Group Member, Alderman John Smyth also said “I would like to congratulate all the participants for completing the scheme. I hope that these bursaries will give these young people the opportunity to pursue a new hobby, further develop an interest they already have to help them with their school work or future career.”

The Duke of Edinburgh Legacy Bursary Scheme will relaunch in April. For more information E. kerry.brady@antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk

Duke of Edinburgh Legacy Bursary Celebration Event