A new Welsh language Strategy for Ceredigion has been approved for 2018-2023. The strategy was approved by Ceredigion County Council’s Cabinet in a meeting on 25 September 2018.

The Strategy updates and develops on its predecessor. It is acknowledged that the sustainability of the Welsh language depends on the process of strengthening Welsh communities through providing enough educational, cultural and social opportunities to use the language daily.

To sustain viable Welsh communities where Welsh is a natural language of communication in Ceredigion, the Strategy recognises three key areas of priority; they are to increase the Welsh Language skills of the people of Ceredigion, to increase opportunities to use the Welsh Language, and to create the favourable conditions that will enable the Welsh Language to thrive in Ceredigion.

The Leader of the Council and Cabinet member responsible for the Welsh language, Councillor Ellen ap Gwynn said, “The Welsh language is an essential part of the heart of the communities of Ceredigion, but neighbourhoods are changing, and this has an influence on the language and culture. The new strategy is an opportunity for us to build on the work that has already been done, and to ensure that the Welsh language can be seen and heard to be a natural language of communication in our neighbourhoods.”

The strategy sets out how the Council will encourage the Welsh language and facilitate its use more broadly within the local area through cooperating with organisations that are members of Ceredigion’s Bilingual Futures Language Forum. The Strategy supports the Welsh Government’s vision to create a million of Welsh speakers in Wales by 2050.

Approving the new strategy supports the Council to achieve the corporate priority of investing in people’s future and ensures that the Council complies with a statutory duty under Welsh Language Standards.

The Strategy can be read here: http://www.ceredigion.gov.uk/your-council/strategies-plans-policies/welsh-language/promoting-and-facilitating-the-language/