Welsh Language Rights Day 2020
The 7th of December has been designated Welsh Language Rights Day, and so Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service wishes to take advantage of this day to remind our staff and the public that they have the right to use the Welsh language with the Fire and Rescue Service.
Clare Grist, Welsh Language Officer for Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service said, “We, as a Fire and Rescue Service, serve every individual within the communities of mid and west Wales, and therefore encourage everyone who wishes to contact or communicate with us, through the medium of Welsh, to use our Welsh language service. Whether you are a fluent speaker, a learner or have no grasp of Welsh at all, the language is yours to use.”
The Welsh Language Commissioner’s office is responsible for co-ordinating Welsh Language Rights Day.
Aled Roberts, Welsh Language Commissioner said “Of course, we expect organisations to promote their services throughout the year, but giving everyone one day to celebrate the Welsh language services available is an effective way of raising awareness. It is also a reason to set a date each year to remind staff internally of existing rights and carry out promotional activities.”
Welsh Language Rights Day is held on the 7th of December as this is the date on which the Welsh Language Measure, the measure that created Welsh language rights, was passed by the Welsh Parliament (then the National Assembly for Wales).
Here is a list of some of the rights that the public have when dealing with MAWWFRS. For a full list, go to http://www.comisiynyddygymraeg.cymru/English/My%20rights/Pages/my-language-rights.aspx
I have the right
- Documents in Welsh
- Leaflets in Welsh
- Websites in Welsh
- Social media messages in Welsh
- Signs in Welsh
- Apply for a job in Welsh
- Speak Welsh in a reception
- Letters and emails in Welsh
- Use Welsh on the phone