The Welsh language has broken new ground in Cardiff this month as a brand new Welsh language Parent and Toddler group opened its doors in Butetown on June 11th. The Ti a Fi sessions welcome Welsh speaking and non-Welsh speaking families with children ages 0-4 to enjoy activities and the chance to socialise in a Welsh environment.
To mark the occasion and also raise awareness, a fun afternoon was held on Saturday June 7th at 2.30pm – 5, in the Yemeni Centre located on Alice Street, Butetown.
The event was organised jointly by Mudiad Meithrin, Ymgyrch TAG Campaign and a host of other partners who all participated in the day. Activities and entertainment included stalls, a bouncy castle, face painting, story time, music, singing and plenty of cakes.
The event was timely as Cardiff Council is currently undertaking an exercise to engage with the community, regarding proposals to establish a new Welsh-medium primary school to serve Grangetown and Butetown.
Lowri Bell, Cardiff Ti a Fi Officer said:
" I very much look forward to welcoming residents and families of the area and give them an opportunity to have fun by attending Welsh language sessions. The women at the Yemeni Centre have been extremely supportive and welcoming and are just as excited as I am about presenting the language to the multi-ethnic community here in Butetown. "
Huw Williams on behalf of Ymgyrch TAG Campaign added:
" This event is an important and significant step in the journey of the Welsh language within the communities of our city. Ymgyrch TAG is campaigning for a local Welsh-medium primary school to serve Butetown and Grangetown, and eventually the parents of Cylch Ti a Fi Butetown will send their children to the proposed new school. In a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural city such as Cardiff it is important to remember that the Welsh language belongs to everyone and is our common heritage. So this is a great opportunity for us to come together as a community, in a friendly and welcoming atmosphere to celebrate the language."
Here are a few photos from the fun afternoon.