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Menter Iaith Bangor – supporting Digital Inclusion and the Welsh language

Menter Iaith Bangor was set up with the single aim of promoting and increasing the use of the Welsh language at a community level right across the city.

Menter Iaith Bangor are based in Pobty just off the high street in the centre of the university city. This facility has recently been re-furbished and is used as a community hub with hotdesking facilities. Menter Iaith Bangor offer a wide variety of activities that revolve around the aims of the organisation. It is through partnership working and offering volunteering opportunities across all sectors and with all sections of the community that has led to the success of the work that they do in Bangor.

MIB has been innovative in the range of activities that it is involved in whilst promoting the use of the Welsh language at a community level in the Bangor Area. Examples of this include learning to play the Ukulele, Chat & pint sessions to practice Welsh, bringing Welsh speakers & learners together and fundraising events like Ras yr Iaith.

The DCW Advisor has worked with Dylan who is the MIB co-ordinator. Dylan attended a Digital Champions training course that was held at Glanllyn in Bala. This course was specifically designed for the individual menterau Iaith as part of the work that DCW had been undertaking with Mentrau Iaith Cymru, the umbrella organisation.

Part of the work that has been done with MIB has included a workshop that tried to identify the problems that are faced by Welsh speakers who want to use their language whilst using online services and accessing information. This was followed up with a Welsh language web resource audit and a gathering of all online resources that can be useful for learning Welsh, and all other aspects of life including health and education.

Following on from this training MIB have been looking into various opportunities where they can work with DCW target groups on digital inclusion activities delivered around Bangor through the use of the Welsh language.

Dylan has also received information on the full range of support available through DCW which includes additional training for staff and especially volunteers.

Dylan is now in the process of exploring the opportunities to train service users to become digital volunteers, whilst assisting other users to deliver digital inclusion and support in Welsh. Because of the close working relationship between MIB and the local schools in Bangor, plans are underway to deliver Digital Hero training in both the secondary and primary schools. These digital Heroes will then be utilised in a number of activities that are being planned.

Dylan, Project Co-ordinator: “Yn sgil mynychu’r sesiwn yng Nglan Llyn, rydym ym Menter Iaith Bangor yn hynod awyddus i fanteisio ar y cyfleoedd cydweithio sy’n bosib hefo Cymunedau Digidol Cymru ag Ysagolion Bangor – unig ddinas Gwynedd. Rwy’n ffyddiog iawn y gallwn gyflawni hyn yma oherwydd ein cysylltiadau clos hefo’r Ysgolion.”