Your right to use the Welsh language

On the 7th December, The National Lottery Community Fund joins other public organisations across Wales to hold a campaign to raise awareness of the public’s right to use the Welsh language.

Last year, when the Welsh Language Rights Day was held for the first time by the Welsh Language Commissioner’s office, the campaign reached nearly a million Twitter accounts and over 750 messages were shared using the hashtag #maegenihawl.

According to Ruth Bates, Interim Director for Wales, “Taking part in the Welsh Language Rights Day emphasizes The National Lottery Community Fund’s commitment to the Welsh language. We are proud to be a bilingual organisation and of being able to offer a complete Welsh language service to our customers.

“It’s also an opportunity to show our staff how they can use their Welsh in their roles, and to remind them of the rights that exist. More than twenty of our staff are fluent Welsh speakers with some also learning the language, therefore we can support our customers in their first language every step of the way.”

Get to know some of our Welsh speaking staff

Ruth Bates

Ruth Bates

I’m the Interim Director for Wales at The National Lottery Community Fund. It is a great honour to lead an organisation that distributes funding from the National Lottery to community groups and charities. These groups support people and transform lives for the better. It’s fantastic to hear about the difference our grants – whether large or small – can do to communities across Wales.

In my free time, I enjoy cycling, volunteering with local projects in mid Wales and spending time with my family.


Llinos Huws

Llinos HuwsI work as a Business Support Assistant for the Community Fund. I respond to enquiries through our advice line and on email, as well as offering administrative support to the North Wales regional team.

I was born and raised in Bethesda but now live in Cardiff. In my free time, I enjoy cooking and anything creative!


Cicely Blacklaw-Jones

Cicely Blacklaw-JonesI work as a Business Support Assistant and I support the South East and Central regional team. I answer phone calls and emails from customers, so if you get in touch, there’s a chance that I’ll be the one responding to you!

I’m originally from Pembrokeshire, and now live in Cardiff with my child and partner. I have nearly ten years’ experience in the voluntary sector, and it’s great to work for an organisation that makes a difference.


Tomos Davies

Tomos DaviesIn my role as Funding Officer, I read through applications and score them against our criteria. As you can imagine, I come across a variety of projects every day, but that’s what makes the job fun.

I mainly deal with applications from Mid Wales, but we’re a close team so I help with some applications from the north and south when needed. My favourite thing about working for the Fund is how friendly everyone is.


Nia Hughes

Nia HughesAs a Funding Officer, I’m part of the North Wales regional team, working specifically in Gwynedd. I’m responsible for assessing applications, helping to develop new funding programmes and offering support to community organisations with the application process as they develop their project idea. I enjoy working with the variety of people and organisations that get in touch with the Fund.

In my free time, I enjoy walking. I recently completed the Welsh Three Peaks Challenge, and I’m currently in the process of planning my next challenge!


Alexander Davies

Alex DaviesI’ve been part of the Communications team at the Community Fund for six years, and I’ve been very fortunate to speak to a variety of groups and hearing how they’re helping their communities with money that’s been raised thanks to National Lottery players. The best part of my job is the opportunity to share amazing stories about the positive changes that projects make.

One personal highlight was the opportunity to interview a group that was celebrating the Japanese culture, in the Japanese language. I’m learning the language in my free time and I never thought I’d have the opportunity to use it in my job!


Fflur Davies

Fflur DaviesI work as a Communications Officer for The National Lottery Community Fund and I’m part of the North Wales regional team, working also with Welsh language projects across Wales. I love hearing about the projects that have received funding – and am often astounded at the fantastic work that they are doing to transform people’s lives, while ensuring that communities across the country thrive.

Music fills much of my free time – whether singing in a choir, playing the piano or listening – and I’m also a committee member for the local Cylch Meithrin. On weekends, I enjoy walking and spending time with my husband and two sons, family and friends.


Groups that have worked with us in Welsh

Ffion Harries, Cylch Meithrin Trelech

“The process of applying for a grant with The National Lottery Community Fund was very simple, especially as we could apply through the medium of Welsh. The support we received from our local funding officer was very important, and as a Cylch Meithrin, we are very grateful for the money in this uncertain time.”

Meinir Evans, Menter Gorllewin Sir Gâr

“Discussing our application with The National Lottery Community Fund in Welsh was a big advantage for us at Menter Gorllewin Sir Gâr. This enabled us to convey our aim, as well as clearly communicating the young people’s aspirations.”

Meleri Davies, Partneriaeth Ogwen

“Partneriaeth Ogwen is an organisation that operates and is administered through the medium of Welsh. Writing our applications and working with The National lottery Community Fund’s local officer in Welsh was a positive experience for us as we could discuss everything in our first language.”

Get in touch with us for more information on our grant programmes or if you have any questions. / 029 2168 0214 /


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