Welsh language center appoints new director

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Caryl Jones from Maesybont in the Gwendraeth Valley, is the new director of Yr Atom, the Welsh language center in Carmarthen.

Caryl graduated from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David in 2017 with a BA Addysg Gynradd (BA Welsh Primary Education) with QTS. In her final year at university, Caryl served as Treasurer of the Welsh Society and also won the Norah Isaac Memorial Award for her contribution to Welsh life at university. Therefore, it is only fitting that she returns to the University as the head of Yr Atom and is sure to lead the centre’s contribution to Carmarthen’s bilingualism.

Since graduating, Caryl has worked as a teacher in various schools in Carmarthenshire and also in Argentina, teaching Welsh to children in Ysgol y Gaiman in Patagonia. Most recently, on his return to Wales, Caryl was Community Manager for Menter Iaith Castell Nedd – Port Talbot (Neath – Port Talbot Welsh Language Initiative).

As she begins her new role at Yr Atom, Caryl said:

It is a privilege to be appointed Director of Yr Atom. I look forward to building on this special foundation that has already been created here and ensuring that Yr Atom is a hive of activity throughout the year.

“I look forward to working with partners and building new relationships to promote the Welsh language throughout the town of Carmarthen. I also plan and think about golden opportunities for children, young people and students in Carmarthen.

Yr Atom is a center where it is possible to engage with the Welsh language in many ways and at all levels and at all ages. It is home to Cylch Meithrin Myrddin and Menter Gorllewin Sir Gâr, Welsh lessons for adults are provided here by Canolfan Dysgu Cymraeg Cenedlaethol and baby massages by Cymraeg i Blant. Yr Atom is also home to Menter a Busnes and businesses such as Esgidiau CiC Shoes and Evans Bros Auctioneers on King Street.

“The University is delighted to welcome Caryl to his new role as head of Yr Atom.” adds Gwilym Dyfri Jones, provost of the Carmarthen campus of the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, and also the person who led the work to establish the center on King Street in 2015.

“As a former student and past winner of the university’s Norah Isaac Memorial Prize, Caryl’s enthusiasm for the Welsh language is infectious. We look forward to seeing his vision for the development of the center come to fruition and thereby enhance the status of the Welsh language in Carmarthen.

Carys Ifan, Director of Canolfan S4C Yr Egin, which has strategic and operational responsibility for Yr Atom, said:

“Caryl is very familiar with the world of education, Welsh language development and Carmarthenshire, an ideal combination to lead the development of Yr Atom in this coming period. I look forward to working with her to ensure that the center provides favorable conditions for the growth of the language and contributes effectively to reaching one million Welsh speakers.


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