Announcing our second Shwmae Sumae champion of 2017!
Announcing our second champion this week as a part of the Shwmae Sumae Day campaign of 2017! Champions across Wales have helped us promote the national day of celebrating the Welsh language, held on the 15th of October each year. These champions encourage the act of starting each conversation in Welsh, as a means of normalising the language, amongst their networks and communities.
Our second champion of 2017 is Bethan Williams, born in Liverpool and now living in yr Wyddgrug (Mold). Bethan has established her own business since July 2016, offering ‘Amser Babi Cymraeg’ Welsh language activities for families with babies and young children across the north-east of Wales. The business offers services such as baby massage, baby yoga, song and splash and story and song sessions. Bethan and her partner Gaj are parents to three children who are all passionate for the Welsh language, although as many people in their teenage years, they can be very shy about their Welsh identity outside the house. Bethan says;
“There were many negative attitudes towards the Welsh language when I was growing up, especially being brought up so close to the borders. I remember attending many Cymdeithas yr Iaith protests due to my mother’s influence! I had the privilege of working as an officer for ‘TWF’ for 4 years and I learnt a lot about our use of the Welsh language from knowledgeable people working in language policy and planning fields. That period gave me the confidence to share the love that I have for the Welsh language with other people! I welcome Welsh speaking parents, learners and the uninitiated to my ABC session that are held in the Wrecsam area, Fflintshire and Denbeighshire. I think that bridging, understanding and supporting each other is key while considering our use of the Welsh language. By now, I love to start all of my conversations in Welsh wherever I go which helps me discover hidden Welsh speakers of the North East!”
“It has taken me 43 years to be confident enough to start chatting in Welsh with strangers, and I try to challenge and encourage parents that attend my sessions to use the Welsh language more in their communities. Shwmae Sumae Day reminds us that it is possible to greet everybody in Welsh – it is so important to share the language at every chance possible!”
Diolch o galon (Thanks from the heart) to Bethan for supporting the campaign this year! Bethan will be helping out with a coffee morning event for the Daniel Owen Festival in Yr Wyddgrug on Saturday the 14th of October. Go over for a chat and a paned (cuppa)! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and assistance and see also our website www.shwmae.cymru for resources that can help you organise events for the day…!