POWYS County Council (PCC) has had to apologise following the launch of a marketing campaign to promote the county’s sixth forms, with the same name as a local charity.

Last week, PCC launched Dyfodol Powys/Future Powys a new bilingual web platform giving parents, carers and learners relevant information, events and FAQs relating to the Post-16 offer in Powys.

After the launch it had been pointed out on social media that a Llandrindod Wells based charity had been called Dyfodol Powys Futures for over a decade.

Dyfodol Powys Futures had spoken to the Local Democracy Service about the issue and had then taken their concerns to county hall.

PCC, chief executive, Dr Caroline Turner, said: “

“It was not the intention of the council to cause confusion between the charity and the sixth form promotion.

“I would like to thank Dyfodol Powys Futures for bringing this to our attention.

“We sincerely apologise to the charity and fully acknowledge their concerns regarding the similarity.

“Arrangements are underway to re-launch the brand for Powys sixth forms as Llwybrau Dysgu / Powys Learning Pathways, which will provide greater clarity and distinction between the charity and the sixth form provision.”

The charity, Dyfodol Powys Futures  works with children, young people and their families in Powys on a range of issues.

Constance Adams, of Dyfodol Powys Futures, said: “It’s unfortunate that this happened. Families and young people who are looking for help might have failed to find us due to this.”

“We’ve been using this name since 2008, clearly someone in PCC didn’t do their homework, as ‘Dyfodol’ is quite commonly used as a name for organisations across Wales.”