Newport City Council presents Welsh language plan

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NEWPORT City Council aims to make the Welsh language something everyone in the diverse city can engage with.

Newport City Council’s Many Faces of Welsh-ness campaign aims to create Welsh identity and inclusion across the city.

At a wrap-up and review meeting, held on Friday 24 June, the Welsh Language Annual Report was presented to the committee.

Janice Dent, Head of Policy and Partnerships, said: ‘It could be considered a white British language, but we try to involve all communities in Newport in the language.

Ms Dent added that engaging with the language could help people feel more at home in Newport and Wales.

Cllr Miqdad Al-Nuaimi, who represents Stow Hill, said: ‘A lot of people from ethnic minorities want their children to speak Welsh.

The report also refers to the council’s Welsh Community Grants scheme, which aims to support activities in Newport that promote the language.

Since May 2021, over £32,000 has been distributed to local groups and communities – Eglwys Mynnydd Seion used her grant to buy materials to create a Welsh language podcast, and Meithrin Brynglas used the grant to buy toys and resources in Welsh.

Labor councilor Al-Nuaimi and Conservative councilor Matthew Evans have both called for more details to be included in the report, in addition to clearer targets to achieve the Welsh government’s target of one million Welsh speakers. here 2050.

In the report, the council’s chief executive, Beverly Owen, said: “We again recognize that while we have made good progress in a number of areas under difficult circumstances, we must continue to work to improve our performance. in the Welsh language in all aspects of council duties.”

The report will now be submitted to Cabinet for approval.

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