The Board and staff of Dyfodol i’r Iaith would like to wish a Happy New Year to all our members and supporters.
During 2016, as in previous years, we have been busy working for the Welsh language, pressing the Welsh Government and Local Authorities to give it due support, while promoting the priorities outlined in our manifesto, Creating a Future For The Welsh Language.
Following the publication of the Welsh Language Strategy, we met with politicians and civil servants to emphasise the importance of careful planning and firm commitment in order to reach the long-term target of creating a million Welsh speakers by 2050. We also used this opportunity to highlight one of our main priorities; the establishment of a Welsh Language Agency, which would promote the language comprehensively, while making the most of, and developing the expertise, experience and creativity which exists in language planning within Wales and beyond. It was encouraging to hear that resources have now been earmarked for such a venture, and we will continue to ensure that the language benefits from this commitment.
We made the most of opportunities during the past year to meet and discuss our aims with our members and potential members. We had an enjoyable and successful Eisteddfod, and thank you to all who visited our stall. And a special thank you to those who volunteered, provided entertainment and contributed to our discussions during the week.
In addition to this, we held several Public Meetings throughout Wales: Y Bala, Abertawe, Crymych, Efail Isaf and Pwllheli.
The theme of our latest meetings was the need to continue to press on with our vision. In the midst of progress, it proved to be an uncertain year, and it is now essential that we face the new year determined to keep the Welsh language high on the agenda. The world faces a challenging and uncertain future, and we must keep on, remembering who we are; our values and priorities.
As an organisation, we cannot do this without your support, and so at the beginning of 2017, we take this opportunity to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all your help and support.