PartnerIaith Aman Tawe was originally a Welsh Language Board project, which fell under the Department for Education and Skills of the Welsh Government.  The aim of the scheme is to incrrease the use and awareness of the Welsh language throughout the communities of Aman Tawe and to ignite and energise linguistic and cultural activities across the area.  I am very proud to be a part of the team responsible foor this scheme and have enjoyed the varied work.

The first task that faced PartnerIaith Aman Tawe’s team was to establish four language Power Hubs (similar to Area Committees), with two in my area as a Development Officer; Upper Amaman and Upper Tawe Valley.  The Language Power Hubs were launched in June 2011, and the members met often to discuss their Pride of Place project and any other activities they might want to organise in their areas over the following  year.  It was a pleasure to see the final DVDs and a number of other activities were arranged throughout the year.

The Upper Amman and Upper Tawe Valley Language Power Hubs have worked very hard on their projects.  I would like to thank every member of the Power Hubs for their work and help since the start of PartnerIaith Aman Tawe.  I would also like to thank them for meeting so regularly, as a result making the Hubs something successful and key to PartnerIaith Aman Tawe.

Since its start, PartnerIaith Aman Tawe have collaborated with many other establishments.  Of course, the scheme works closely with Menter Iaith Castell-nedd Port Talbot, Menter Bro Dinefwr and Mennter Brycheiniog a Maesyfed who, together, are responsible for the same catchment areas.  Therefore, as a Development Officer, I have worked on the Menters’ projects; for example ‘Stafell Stwnsh’ in Ysgol Gyfun Ystalyfera.  As well as this, I collaborate with establishments, businesses, and local schools in order to advertise and promote PartnerIaith Aman Tawe’s purpose.

When looking to the future, a full work timetable is in place for the Language Power Hubs.  I would like to thank everyone who has so far supported PartnerIaith Aman Tawe