SNAP Cymru promoting the role of the Welsh language in the third sector.

SNAP Cymru were delighted to attend afternoon tea last week at House of Lords , Westminster, invited by Baroness Grey- Thompson DBE  on behalf of The Welsh Language Commissioner and the Wales Council for Voluntary Action.

Huw Roberts our Welsh Champion and Trustee, and Rhys Wyn Parri our Families and Young People Officer from Gwynedd attended the event organised to promote the importance of the use of the Welsh language within the Third Sector.

Key speakers included Meri Huws, Welsh Language Commissioner and Ruth Marks,Chief Executive, WCVA followed by question and answer session – “it was nice to hear Welsh reverberate around the Lords .”

The Welsh Language Commissioner, Meri Huws, said:

“For the first time ever, the Welsh language has official status in Wales. People, regardless of their age, background or area, have rights to expect they can live their lives through the medium of Welsh.

The third sector plays an increasingly important role in providing services for people in Wales. This is particularly true in areas such as care, advocacy and advice, where communication is a core part of the service, and also in social contexts such as sports and after-school clubs where there are opportunities to use the language in informal and fun ways.

Ruth Marks, Chief Executive of the WCVA, said:

“WCVA is proud to be a partner in this event at the House of Lords which gives a platform for us to talk about the importance of the Welsh language and the work of the third sector, with particular attention to the role of volunteers.

“Through volunteering, organizations can offer an opportunity for people to socialise through the medium of Welsh, or practice their language skills to improve their confidence and proficiency in an informal setting

We at SNAP Cymru are pleased to have completed our action plan for promoting the Welsh Language and will be continuing to make improvements around our Welsh language provision, which already includes independent information and advice in Welsh through our THL service, casework service, Bilingual website and information leaflets.

Following the event, Baron Wigley of Caernarfon showed Rhys and Huw around the House Of Lords…..or at least to the bar! “