AN award ceremony proved a "hoot" for young people picking up certificates to mark their success.

The young adults who are taking part in Digartref supported accommodation projects were presented with their Agored Cymru certificates Harry Potter style - by an owl!

The presentation was part of Digartref’s 21st anniversary celebrations held in July. The event aimed to draw attention to the inspirational, motivation and abilities of the young people. Many did not finish school due to difficulties.

Digartref provides training, as part of its Inspire project, for 16-25 year olds, not in employment education or training, helping them to gain confidence and qualifications.

The visiting owl 'Myfanwy' was owned by John Islwyn Jones, a North Wales falconer.

Rowan Hodgkinson, Learn4Life worker, said: "The day was a resounding success. In addition to meeting Myfanwy, the group also met a large eagle called Elso who showed off his magnificent talons and aeronautical skills.

"We would like to thank Big Ideas Wales for funding Islwyn's visit. He helps motivate people of all ages and abilities to believe in themselves and understand what motivates them to succeed. "

Digartref Cyf provides supported housing and homelessness prevention services on Anglesey. It urgently needs volunteers including help for young people with literacy and numeracy. Training and support provided. Tel: 01407 761 653.