The Conwy Big Community Voice project - funded by Big Lottery – aims to empower, support and train individuals to be more confident when voicing their opinions on matters that worry them and effect their lives.
These issues include those to do with the Welsh language. The project has brought together a team of workers from different organisations to: “enable, encourage and support communities in Conwy....to present their ideas on how to create change and how to influence the nature of services in Conwy for the future.”
Conwy Big Community Voice was launched in April 2013. Estyn Llaw is glad to be working with Gingerbread; North Wales Advocacy and Advice Association; North Wales Equality Network and a collection of housing associations from North Wales under the guidance of CVSC.
In July, Ffion Alun was appointed to work in the area. Ffion offers advice, support and training to organisations on Welsh language issues and on how to develop Welsh language and bilingual services for local people. She has already been very busy working with organisations such as Jigsaw, Age Concern, Hafal, Alzheimer's Society and Diverse Cymru. She is also working with Welsh speaking health and social care service users gathering together their experiences. These experiences will then be used to create a training programme with the aim of influencing the process of developing and strengthening Welsh language services in the area.