Developing Bilingual Communities Projects
Menter Iaith Fflint a Wrecsam welcome a new member to the team
Since the beginning of May, Cadi Dafydd from Cyffylliog, near Ruthin has started her role as a Development Officer for a new project, ‘Developing Bilingual Communities Project’. 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.
The purpose of the project is to help communities to set up new groups or offer support to existing groups. These groups will then hold events, to increase the opportunities to use the Welsh language in their area. The Development Officer will attend the meetings, offering assistance where necessary- including help in applying for grants.
There are benefits and several reasons for setting a community groups such as:
- Creating more activities and opportunities to socialise in your community.
- Developing communication skills.
- Learning to engage with people of all ages.
- Having the opportunity to practice your Welsh and feel comfortable doing so.
- Meeting new people.
- Learning new skills.
Increase the use of the Welsh language
Cadi Dafydd, Menter Iaith Fflint a Wrecsam’s Bilingual Communities Development Officer said:
“I’m looking forward to working for the Menter and getting to know local communities, by giving support to groups that already exist and working in communities to set up new groups. I’m eager to offer and support communities to understand, interpret and celebrate their communities and their Welsh heritage. I feel strongly that it’s important to support areas that haven’t yet set up groups to ensure that Welsh provision and support is available to people from all linguistic backgrounds.
I’m eager to give everyone; whether Welsh speakers, Welsh learners or non-Welsh speakers within communities the opportunity to communicate and socialise with each other to increase the use of the language socially. The Welsh language belongs to everyone and it’s important to emphasise that the Welsh language is more than just a classroom language, and there are opportunities to socialise through the Welsh language.
Keep a look out for any of the Menter events, and remember if you see me, come and say hello.”
If you’re interested or if you would like more information on setting or being part of a group in your area, email Cadi or phone the office on 01352 744 040.