A booklet raising awareness about the Welsh language and encouraging the residents of Anglesey to use and appreciate the value of the Welsh language is being distributed to all homes across the island over coming weeks.
The booklet, titled ‘Welcome to Wales/ Welcome to Anglesey / Welcome to Welsh’ has been created and published by Menter Iaith Môn in partnership with the Isle of Anglesey Council with support from the ARFOR programme and the Community Renewal Fund. The aim is to ensure that non-Welsh speakers, families and businesses who move to the island understand the importance of the language and the role it plays in the day-to-day life of the island. It also highlights the benefits of learning the language.
Elen Hughes, Chief Officer at Menter Iaith Môn said: “This is an engaging, interesting and comprehensive booklet, which will help people moving to the area to settle in and understand the culture of the island. The hope is that they will be inspired to learn more about the local culture and to start learning Welsh.
“The booklet is full of useful information and resources, from the history of the language to the importance of Welsh education and highlights the support that’s available to learn the language. As well as specific information for businesses and workplaces it includes details about various organisations, apps and useful online resources.
“We are keen to hear people’s views and to measure the booklet’s reach. So, we’ve launched a competition which gives people the opportunity to share feedback for a chance of winning a local produce hamper, donated by Bragdy Cybi and Dylan’s. Details of the competition will be available on our website and flyers will be shared with schools, organisations and at various events over the summer.”
The Leader of Anglesey County Council, Councillor Llinos Medi Huws said: “I’d like to thank the team at Menter Iaith Môn and the Council for their work in bringing this booklet together. We are also grateful to Welsh Government and UK Government for their support and for funding the project. The booklet is a useful resource and will be used widely by colleagues at the Council and Menter Iaith Môn and circulated among newcomers as well as residents of the island. Our hope is that it will be a boost to safeguard and promote the use the Welsh language here.”