SUPPORT FOR WELSH LANGUAGE CENTRES

Establishing Canolfannau Cymraeg – Welsh Language Centres – in areas that have seen English becoming the main language is key to reviving the language in those areas.  This is claimed by Dyfodol i’r Iaith as plans for Welsh Centres are becoming a reality in Llanelli and other areas.

Heini Gruffudd, Chair of  Dyfodol i’r Iaith said, “With the decline of traditional establishments that gave the Welsh language a community context, it has become ever more important that communities in Wales are served by centres that make it possible for local people to socialise and to enjoy activities through the Welsh language.”

“Canolfannau Cymraeg give learners a chance to use the language informally, and an opportunity for young people to enjoy Welsh life outside the education system.”

“Models of Canolfannau Cymraeg in Swansea and Merthyr Tudful have proven that they can succeed to become a hub for Welsh life.  Welsh language movements, Welsh for Adults, the Mentrau Iaith and local authorities cooperating can be a key to success, but it is equally important that local volunteers are central to the venture.”

“It’s great that the Government is providing capital grants to support the Canolfannau Cymraeg in many parts of Wales.  The aim is for these to expand in numbers and to become centres of language learning and socialising, like the 200 or so centres in the Basque Country.”

“Together they can contribute creatively to transforming the language in anglicized areas.”

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