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Council launches Welsh language introduction leaflet at Urdd Eisteddfod

A Welsh language introduction leaflet aimed at welcoming people who move to Powys from outside of Wales has been launched at one of Europe’s biggest youth festivals, the county council has announced.

Powys County Council launched the leaflet at the Maldwyn stand during last week’s Urdd Eisteddfod, which was held in Llandovery in Carmarthenshire.

The leaflet offers an introduction to the Welsh language including some simple phrases and a guide to understanding local place names. It also highlights the many benefits of Welsh-medium education.

Produced as part of the council’s Welsh in Education Strategic Plan, and in conjunction with council’s Welsh Language Governance Panel, the leaflet will be shared for distribution by Powys-based estate agents and housing associations.

Cllr James Gibson-Watt, Leader of Powys County Council, said: “It was an honour to attend the Urdd Eisteddfod in Llandovery last week and we are looking forward to welcoming the festival when it comes to Meifod next year.

“I was delighted to be involved in the launch of this important leaflet, which provides an understanding of the importance of the Welsh language and encourages people to consider learning Welsh – either for themselves or for their children.”

Cllr Elwyn Vaughan, Chair of the Welsh Language Governance Panel, said: “The Welsh language belongs to us all and it is important that those who move to Powys are welcomed with an introduction to Welsh.

“An understanding of the language helps people settle into their communities and encourages a sense of connection with our place names and heritage. It is also important that families moving to the area learn that Welsh-medium education is open to all.”