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Top tips for managing your project bilingually

July 18, 2018

If you receive funding from the Big Lottery Fund to deliver a project in Wales, you will need to provide certain services bilingually, to comply with Welsh language legislation. Offering your projects’ services in both Welsh and English is a fantastic opportunity for you to make sure that your project is accessible to everyone in your community.

Our Welsh Language Team give their top ten tips on managing your project bilingually.

  • If you’re not sure how many Welsh speakers there are in your local area, why not contact your local Menter Iaith (Language Initiative) who will be able to provide information and statistics on the language profile within their county.
  • For any advert for a new post or sessional staff that’s advertised in Wales, the advert needs to be in both Welsh and English.
  • Search the list of accredited translators on the Cymdeithas Cyfieithwyr Cymru (The Association of Welsh Translators and Interpreters) website when you’ve got a document to translate. You can search by area and/or field of work.
  • We recommend that groups shouldn’t pay more than £80 per 1,000 words for written translation work.
  • Social media best practice is to have one bilingual page on Facebook and 2 separate accounts on Twitter, one in English and one in Welsh.
  • At events, consider putting an orange Welsh speech bubble on the name badges of Welsh speakers to enable them to identify each other easily.
  • Ensure that any of your promotional items like pop up banners, signage and branded table cloths are bilingual
  • When planning documents, consider both languages from the beginning as this will make it easier and potentially cheaper in the long run
  • The Welsh Language Commissioner’s Promotion and Facilitation Team, Hybu, can offer support and guidance for non-statutory organisations in the third and private sector to develop their Welsh language services.
  • Don’t forget you can include translation costs in your grant application.

If you’d like any further advice on managing your project bilingually, get in touch with us on 0300 123 0735 for a chat or welshlanguage.advice@biglotteryfund.org.uk

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