This edition is entitled Inspire and includes miscellaneous pieces about people who have been inspired and people and things that inspire others.
What or who inspires you is unique to everyone. Imagine how miserable life would be if the same thing inspired everyone throughout the world! That's what's great about being inspired by a variety of things – it offers excitement and aspiration for us all!
Have you ever been in lessons in school and been so excited that it inspired you to do more research?
A variety of people can inspire us, for example:
I wonder whether you have considered what inspired Alun Wyn Jones to play rugby? One thing is certain, he has inspired many boys and girls to pursue their dreams of playing rugby.
Events can also inspire us to pursue a new career or hobby, for example:
Studies show that watching the Olympics can inspire children to take an interest in a variety of new sports. Do you enjoy watching the Olympics? Which sport do you like to watch most?
Think carefully, who inspires you? Is there something you can do to inspire others?
International Happiness Day
When: Monday, 20th March
What: Inspiring others; making other people (and yourself) happy
I am a farmer's daughter originally from Llanafan near Builth Wells. I grew up in a non-Welsh speaking home. I was educated at Ysgol Dyffryn Irfon and Builth Wells High School before going on to study Welsh and Mathematics at Aberystwyth University.
One of my first memories of using the language was to talk to my father. We both loved chatting in Welsh. It inspired me to learn Welsh properly. I was also very fortunate in my friends who helped me practise Welsh. When I was at Aberystwyth University I lived in Neuadd Pantycelyn and being part of the Welsh culture there definitely helped me to gain confidence in speaking the language.
In 2016 I competed in the Welsh Learner of the Year competition at the Monmouthshire and District National Eisteddfod. The process was difficult but very exciting. I had worked hard to prepare and I reached the final! Although I didn’t win the competition that day, I feel very fortunate to have had the experience and that I am now more confident speaking in Welsh.
Name: Anwen Jenkins
What is your job?
In terms of the business, I am the founder, in terms of work outside the business, I am a full-time teacher. I teach year 3, 4, 5 and 6 children in the same class. There are some twenty children in the class, and a total of around forty in school. So, there are only two classes in the whole school, which is a small country school.
Why did you want to be a teacher?
This is what I wanted to be since I was a little girl. I used to put 'work' out for the teddies and dolls in my bedroom! I love being creative in class and my favourite lessons are Art, of course!
When did you start the Ani-bendod business?
I started Ani-bendod some three years ago now.
What inspired you at first?
I was born and raised on a sheep and cattle farm in north Ceredigion. The sheep and the landscape around me were a great inspiration to my work. Since I was a little girl, I have enjoyed playing around with art and spending all my pocket money on resources. I once saw someone 'felting’ and it inspired me to go on researching further and teaching myself how to do it.
What products did you start making at the beginning?
So I felted landscapes and sheep at the beginning. I took pictures of the felt and made birthday and wedding cards, etc.
What is your most popular product?
Now I've extended into embroidery. I started my first collection of clothes in Summer 2020. A jumper with the saying 'hapus fy myd’ on it is now by far the most popular product.
Where do you get your insiration?
From the world around me. I really love colour and try to make something different that’s totally unique every time, something that hasn’t been done before. Happiness is the main aim and what I want people to feel when they look at my work.
A New Sport
Ellis Grover from Carmarthen is inspired!
He has been inspired by a new sport – a sport that has been one of Britain's official sports since January 2017.
What is this sport?
This sport is called Parkour – and it’s dangerous!
Ellis is originally from Carmarthen, but he has travelled to many interesting countries as a circus performer with the Pirates of the Carabina circus company. He has been walking on high wires and performing amazing stunts around the world.
He loves parkour. He started when he was about 12 years old, when he and his friends used to practise around the area. He says parkour has changed his life but stresses that the sport is about more than running and jumping. Parkour is important in making people happy, he says.
How does Parkour make people happy?
People may be nervous at first – even scared – but they focus on jumping safely and then, having succeeded, they feel satisfied with themselves. People conquer their fears and feel happy.
The sport is becoming much more popular, with young people across Wales being inspired to take it up.
This sport is dangerous, of course. We must think, consider and practise. Don't do it in dangerous places and make sure you practise the moves properly. Remember to dress appropriately too.
Some people think doing voluntary work is boring but this is not the case at all. I've been volunteering for two years and I've enjoyed every minute. I'm having a lot of fun, I've made lots of new friends and I've become a more confident person myself.
Because I help the coach of the under-10 football team, I've learnt a lot of skills, such as how to play well, how to train, how to work with other people and I've also learned a lot about safety on the pitch. All of this will help me in the future because I would like to work as a fitness instructor one day.
Volunteering is fun and there are plenty of different opportunities available, e.g.
So can I encourage Our World readers to do something worthwhile in their spare time? Volunteer!
Cardiff City Stadium
Dear Our World,
Watching the Euro games in 2016 was a pleasure! I – and thousands of others – were inspired by the fans and the team. Because of your heroic efforts I have started playing football and I hope to play for Wales one day!
The papers and television news showed thousands of Welsh supporters dressed in red singing, shouting happily, enjoying the games but behaving brilliantly at the same time. They were an example to everyone.
And the team – what can I say? They were amazing! I am so pleased that they have stuck to their motto "Together stronger". It was obvious that team members understood each other and worked together. In addition, they showed respect for their supporters, especially when they wore shirts with the word DIOLCH on them.
The team inspired the whole of Wales. People who don't usually enjoy football loved watching the games and Welsh people from Anglesey to Monmouthshire felt so proud. That's why thousands of people came out to welcome the team on their return from France. That is why thousands attended a huge concert with the Manic Street Preachers in Cardiff. They wanted to say, "Thank you very much!".
I want to finish by saying a huge GOOD LUCK to you and the boys in your quest at the Euros next time in 2021!!
The Inspire! Awards
Every year the Learning and Work Institute, together with the Welsh Government, hosts the Inspire! awards that celebrate the success of people who show a commitment to improving themselves or the society around them.
The awards are divided into a variety of categories including a Community Project award, an Ageing Well award and a Health and Wellbeing award.
In 2020 the Family Learning award was won by the Smith family.
Krsna became deaf as a baby and so the family decided to learn British Sign Language. Now a number of family members have completed level 2 training and intend to progress to level 3. One family member was Krsna's grandmother, Alex. She said "We wanted to start learning BSL as a family so that Krsna would have a full language to communicate in. We take everything for granted, but without a full language it is much harder for us to express emotions and develop relationships with others."