ON Monday July 23 at 12:00pm on the Mudiad Meithrin stand (FOR735) at the Royal Welsh Showground, Llanelwedd, pop star Ian ‘H’ Watkins, a member of the group Steps, and the versatile Welsh-language writer and performer Caryl Parry Jones will launch the second year of the national learning programme, ‘Clwb Cwtsh.’

The free scheme, which uses games and songs to introduce the Welsh language to parents of young children, takes place in the autumn and again in 2019. The scheme, a joint project between Mudiad Meithrin and the National Centre for Learning Welsh, was launched in February this year. A total of 78 courses where held as part of the scheme, which were attended by over 500 people.

The eight-week Clwb Cwtsh courses are for parents, carers and prospective parents, who are welcome to bring their children with them, as Mudiad Meithrin provides entertainment for the youngsters. At the end of the course, learners are encouraged to follow further Welsh courses.

The courses were developed by Nia Parry, a well-known presenter of S4C programmes, including programmes for Welsh learners.

‘H’, who is learning Welsh, is the father of two-year-old twins, Macsen and Cybi. ‘H’  said:

I had no doubts about bringing up the boys bilingually and I can’t wait to hear them talking in Welsh. I didn’t have the opportunity to speak the language during my childhood in Cwm Parc, Rhondda and it was vital for me to give this gift of being able to speak two languages to Macs and Cybi.”

Dr Gwenllïan Lansdown Davies, Mudiad Meithrin Chief Executive said:

Since we started ‘Clwb Cwtsh’ we have received a great response across Wales. The fact that children can come to the sessions with their families has been welcomed. We are looking forward to expanding the provision of this exciting scheme at grass roots level.”

Efa Gruffudd Jones, Chief Executive of the National Centre for Learning Welsh, said:

“By working in collaboration with Mudiad Meithrin we can offer a new way for families to start learning Welsh. These fun and informal courses introduce vocabulary to use in the home and we hope families across Wales take up this opportunity to start their Welsh language journey with us.”

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