Today, at the Urdd Eisteddfod in Caerphilly, Urdd gobaith Cymru and Mentrau Iaith Cymru will launch a Partnership Memorandum which outlines the two organisations’ wishes and intentions to continue to work closely in order to promote the use of the Welsh language.

Urdd Gobaith Cymru and Mentrau Iaith Cymru are eager to see effective partnership working and collaboration between all partners who work to promote the use of the Welsh language, and to ensure that this effective collaboration continues on a local and national level.

Efa Gruffudd Jones, Chief Executive of Urdd Gobaith Cymru explains:

“The Urdd Eisteddfod itself is an excellent example of effective collaboration between a number of partners to ensure a successful festival.  We are very grateful to Menter Caerffili and Mentrau Iaith Cymru for their support to this year’s Eisteddfod.

We’re confident that formalising the relationship between our organisations will help us ensure that this collaboration will continue on a strategic level, especially as we develop further activities in the future.”

By developing the memorandum, both organisations commit to support and develop a culture of partnership working for the benefit of the language.

Emily Cole, National Co-ordinator for Mentrau Iaith Cymru states:

“The Mentrau Iaith across Wales work closely with Urdd Officers and Branches, and the exact nature of this work varies according to local needs and priorities, and indeed this flexibility is something which we consider a strength.

“On a local level here in Caerphilly, for example, the Menter Iaith, Urdd and Local Authority have come together to employ a Youth Officer which has led to the development of a number of new activities, including a successful Welsh-medium youth club, which may not have otherwise existed were it not for the collaboration between the three partners.”

She added: “We hope, that by developing and operating this memorandum, we can ensure that good practice of partnership working such as this continues to develop across Wales.”