Bringing the young and aged together
The Estyn Croeso group has its roots in the Caffi Stori- a pilot scheme which was a multigenerational friendship group with the emphasis on sharing and using the Welsh language. Due to the initial success of the group it has continued to meet monthly at Treuddyn Village Hall under the new name, Estyn Croeso, with the youngest member only a few months old and the oldest nearly 90 years old.
With the support of one of Menter Iaith Ffint a Wrecsam’s projects, Developing Bilingual Communities Project, the Estyn Croeso group have now established an official community committe and intend to organise various exciting and fun events over the next year. The project has received funding through the Welsh Government Rural Communities- Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, which is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Government.
Estyn Croeso’s Fun Afternoon
On 16th of August, Estyn Croeso’s Fun Afternoon was held at Treuddyn’s Village Hall, which was an event to bring the young and old together. Various activities were held during the afternoon for people of all ages with an: assault course; crafts and face painting for the younger generation and a history table for the older generation and it was the perfect opportunity to bring the community together; and for Welsh learners to practice their Welsh with Welsh speakers. Other actvities have already been organised, including an Afternoon Tea at the start of September.
An Estyn Croeso Fun Afternoon attendee said;
“I am very pleased to see the hall full of excitement with the young children enjoying themselves, and the mums getting to know each other and chatting.”
Developing Bilingual Communities Project
The aim of the Developing Bilingual Communities project is to help communities to set up new groups or offer support to existing groups, for them to be able to hold events, to increase the opportunities to use the Welsh language in their area. Hopefully support from the Developing Bilingual Communities Officer will enable the Estyn Croeso crew to be self-sustaining and continue to hold events in the local community in the future.