On Saturday, 16 May at 10.45am Mudiad Meithrin and Merched y Wawr will launch a new project called ‘Bodo’ at Merched y Wawr’s annual summer conference held at Ysgol Bro Hyddgen, Machynlleth.
‘Bodo’ is a project that supports the Welsh language, and the meaning of the word ‘Bodo’, which is used mainly in mid Wales, is ‘aunt’. The purpose of this exciting project is to match members of Merched y Wawr with a local cylch meithrin (Welsh-language playgroup) to volunteer to hold storytime session with the children attending the cylch.
Mudiad Meithrin will provide a set of suitable books and training for volunteers who will read the adventures of Dewin and Doti, who are Mudiad Meithrin’s much loved children characters and are friends to all the children of Wales and who encourage them to speak Welsh.
Dr Gwenllian Lansdown Davies, Mudiad Meithrin’s Chief Executive said:
“The project aims to extend the Welsh language skills of staff who work at the grass roots by offering practical support to them in the cylch. The cylch meithrin has an important role offering quality care and fun and adventurous experiences through the medium of Welsh to the young children of Wales. This is not easy in a few of our settings where some staff lack confidence in their use of Welsh. As members of Merched y Wawr will support staff in the local cylch, the staff will develop the confidence they need to be able to enrich and increase the language skills of the children."
Tegwen Morris and Gwenllian Lansdown Davies entertaining the children at Camau Bach
Tegwen Morris, Merched y Wawr’s National Director said:
“Members of Merched y Wawr are well-known for their desire and willingness to volunteer and are pleased therefore to support the work of Mudiad Meithrin in a totally practical way. Information about the exciting ‘Bodo’ project has been sent to members of Merched y Wawr, and a number of members have already shown interest in volunteering in a cylch meithrin. It's great that a number of cylch meithrin will benefit from the time and support of Merched y Wawr members to read a story to the children at the cylch. "
The project is funded by ‘Awards for All’ Lottery Fund. This project is also an opportunity to strengthen the