Welsh Language Rights Day: celebrating the ‘transformation’ in the experiences of Welsh speakers

On 7 December, public organisations in Wales will be holding a one day campaign to raise awareness of the public’s rights to use the Welsh language.

The Welsh Language Commissioner is responsible for coordinating the day. Dozens of public organisations across Wales will also join in the celebrations by promoting their Welsh language services on the day.

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Welsh language standards have created the rights, and 124 public organisations in Wales are operating these standards: from county councils, to health boards, the emergency services, colleges and universities, and national organisations in Wales.

Lead Member for People – Communities, Partnerships Public Protection and Community Safety Cllr Hugh Jones, who has responsibility for the Welsh Language said: “Having a Welsh language rights day provides a great platform for us as a council to inform and remind our residents that we encourage the use of Welsh when communicating with us. “We are huge advocates of the Welsh language and have even used the Welsh spelling of ‘Wrecsam’ prominently in our logo as we look to progress (and indeed win) the coveted City of Culture 2025 title.”

Welsh Language Commissioner, Aled Roberts, said: “Since the introduction of standards, I have seen a transformation in the rights of Welsh speakers and learners.”The Welsh language is now part of the way organisations plan their services, and increasingly people have confidence that a quality service is available to them through the medium of Welsh. “The standards have also led to establishing rights for employees to use Welsh at work, significantly increasing the opportunities to use the language on a daily basis.”

“Of course, organisations are expected to promote their services throughout the year, but giving everyone one day to celebrate the Welsh language services available is an effective way of raising awareness. “It is also a reason to set a date each year to remind staff internally of existing rights and carry out promotional activities.”

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