Did you know that The National Lottery Community Fund provides a full bilingual service to its customers in Wales? Sian Jones, our Welsh Language Officer, gives us a little update on what’s been happening over the past year.
Our dedication to offering a truly bilingual service to our customers in both Welsh and English has continued. This was the feedback by one of our grant holders:
“The National Lottery Community Fund’s Welsh language service is brilliant. The website is easy to use and the Welsh is just as good as the English site. This is a breath of fresh air after dealing with many grant funders and other large organisations that don’t offer a Welsh service to the same standard. Being able to discuss a project or application in Welsh means that I can convey my enthusiasm for the application in a better way with the officers.”
- We’ve held a further 4 training sessions in partnership with the Welsh Language Commissioner’s Office for projects funded in Wales. They have been a great success to date and a further 4 sessions are scheduled for this year in partnership with the National Lottery Heritage Fund.
- Half of our staff in our staff in our Wales offices are Welsh speakers or learners and over half of our staff in Newtown speak Welsh, making it a truly bilingual office.
- More and more of our staff are learning Welsh and taking advantage of free courses on offer from the Welsh Government
- The new Welsh Language Commissioner, Aled Roberts, who been in his role since April came to visit one of our funded projects in June. Canolfan Deulu Dolgellau, which is a family centre based in Dolgellau, North Wales, gives children of the area the best start in life, all through the medium of Welsh. Aled was very impressed with our work and the support we give our funded projects and we look forwards to working with him over the next few years.
- We visited the Birmingham office during Learning at Work Week to promote the language and our new name in Welsh.
- Every week a new instalment of ‘Welsh words of the week’ are sent out to colleagues in Wales to help learners and for pronunciation support.
What we’ve funded
- An amazing £85million of National Lottery funding has been invested in Welsh language projects. Some of the projects we’ve funded this year that really make a real difference to the Welsh language:
- Symud Gyda Tedi will build on success of the Magi Ann apps by creating fun, keep fit online resources for young children and Welsh learning families with ‘Tedi’ a character from Magi Ann stories.
- Cylch Meithrin Seren Fach aim to extend and renovate their existing childcare facility to provide a modern Welsh medium childcare and community provision.
- Merched y Wawr Rhanbarth Aberconwy were funded £4,665 to bring together communities from across the Conwy borough, by holding workshops, addressing issues, and engaging with children and young People, all through the medium of Welsh.