Dim ond nodyn byr i gyflwyno fy hun i chi ar gychwyn fy swydd fel Comisiynydd y Gymraeg.  Mae’n bleser gennyf gymryd yr awenau gan Meri Huws ar ôl ei gwaith diwyd a diflino dros y saith mlynedd diwethaf.

Mae tîm o swyddogion profiadol yn gweithio i Gomisiynydd y Gymraeg a bydd eu gwaith hwy gyda chi yn parhau fel arfer.  Gallwch gysylltu yn uniongyrchol gyda’r Tîm Hybu trwy e-bostio This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Bwriadaf gynnal amryw o gyfarfodydd yn ystod fy nghyfnod cynnar; yn siarad, trafod a gwrando ar ystod eang o randdeiliaid a’r cyhoedd. 

Rydw i hefyd yn fwy na pharod i gyfarfod â chi i drafod unrhyw faterion neu broblemau penodol - gallwch gysylltu â mi trwy e-bostio This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 0345 6033 221.

Fy mwriad yw datblygu ar y gwaith sydd wedi ei gyflawni eisoes er mwyn sicrhau fod gan bawb yr hawl a’r cyfle i weld, clywed a siarad Cymraeg yn ystod eu bywydau bob dydd.

Gan edrych ymlaen i gydweithio efo chi yn y dyfodol.

Aled Roberts

Comisiynydd y Gymraeg

Just a quick note to introduce myself as I start my job as the Welsh Language Commissioner.  It is a pleasure to take over from Meri Huws after her dedicated work over the last seven years.

We have a team of experienced officers working for the Welsh Language Commissioner and their work with you will continue as usual.  You can contact the Hybu team directly by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

I intend to hold numerous meetings during my first few months; speaking, discussing and listening to various stakeholders and the public.

I am also more than happy to meet with you to discuss any particular matters or issues – you can contact me by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 0345 6033 221.

I intend to expand on the work that has been done over the years to ensure that everyone has the right and the opportunity to see, hear and speak Welsh during their everyday life.

Looking forward to working with you in the future

Aled Roberts

Welsh Language Commissioner


The deadline is the 12th April and it’s free to enter and companies can enter up to 2 categories. All the information on how to enter and the criteria for the categories can be found on the website at https://cardiffbusinessawards.com/


Cardiff Buisness Awards

(Via The Romani Cultural & Arts Company)

An insider’s guide to working with Romani and Traveller communities in the United Kingdom

Date: Tuesday 9th July 2019

Venue: First Space Chapter Arts Centre, Market Rd, Cardiff CF5 1QE

Admission: The cost for the day (including light refreshments and lunch) is £160.49 per delegate, if you book before the Tuesday 25th June and £181.81 per delegate if you book between Wednesday 26th June and Monday 8th July 2019. 

Places will only be secured with a confirmed payment.

Organisers: The Romani Cultural & Arts Company

Book at Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gypsies-roma-travellers-rights-responsibilities-tickets-57994190184?utm_term=eventurl_text


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Who should attend this training?

This course is suitable for anyone interested in ensuring that their services are inclusive and accessible for the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities. It would be particularly useful for those who work in:

  • Academia and Research 
  • Accommodation and Housing 
  • Early Years
  • Education
  • Environmental Services 
  • Equalities 
  • Fire, Police and Justice Services
  • Government: local, regional and national
  • Planning 
  • Public Health
  • Social Services
  • Transport
  • Voluntary and Third Sector organisations


Why should you attend this training?

It will assist you to:

  • Ensure effective engagement with the Gypsy, Roma, Traveller communities in your particular area
  • Be understanding and informed in your interactions with people from the Gypsy, Roma, Traveller communities
  • Be better able to assess the needs that address the Gypsy, Roma, Traveller communities in Wales


To increase awareness about the cultural diversity in the UK, to address issues and the needs of Gypsy, Roma, Travellers in the UK, to inspire and improve the services and provision delivered to GRT communities, and to generate trust and understanding between GRT communities and local authority service providers.

Learning Objectives

  • To achieve a broader and more comprehensive understanding of the complex needs of Romani and Traveller communities, from a local and international perspective;
  • To develop a level of knowledge that will enhance and inform staff and officers’ work, related to health, education, housing and accommodation, training, justice and law enforcement;
  • To introduce knowledge regarding the differences between Romani and Traveller communities and their cultures, languages and origins, insofar as is useful to participants in the training, with the aim of inspiring best practice and improving service delivery across all sectors;
  • To introduce to participants, examples of community members who are role models and who can challenge the prevailing stereotypes of Romani and Travellers, or the negative images of ‘Gypsies’, present in media and popular press;


By the end the session participants will have:

  • Increased their knowledge of the culture, traditions and history of the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities (this includes a timeline of key historical events and legislation); 
  • Developed an understanding of diversity within the Romani and Traveller communities (that is, who are Gypsies, Roma and Travellers?);
  • Increased their awareness regarding the prejudice and discrimination faced by Romani and Traveller communities in Wales, the UK and more widely across the Europe;
  • Identified obstacles to access and attitudinal issues, or barriers in services such as housing, accommodation, education, health, employment, safeguarding and other public services, that inhibit the delivery of quality provision to GRT communities;
  • Improved participants’ understandings of how to engage effectively with the Romani and Traveller communities, particularly over issues of exclusion and marginalisation, and what they can do to address these and ensure inclusion in the delivery of services;
  • Developed an Action Plan that will put their learning into practice, in the workplace;
  • Established a baseline of knowledge and support that can be accessed to assist officers in carrying out their statutory duties.

General Information

The Romani Cultural Arts Company is the leading Romani and Traveller community-based organisation in Wales, using the arts and culture as a vehicle for advocacy, education and empowerment, amongst the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller (GRT) communities and the wider society in Wales. RCAC also supports individuals to become “Community Champions”, as actors and agents of change in their own communities, making a difference for themselves and the wider society. RCAC is managed by a Board (voluntary management committee) made up of representatives from the GRT communities, meaning that community members have a role as decision-makers and are part of the process of shaping the advocacy and rights agenda that RCAC promotes.

The Company believes it is essential that the GRT communities be at the forefront of social progress and positive developments in social inclusion, in the struggle or the recognition of GRT rights and promoting inter-cultural understanding. Within Wales and increasingly across the UK, our advice and expertise is sought by local governments, policy-makers, decision-takers and local or national institutions. We are asked to evaluate the effectiveness of their policies and strategies or to support them in consultation to ensure the voice of the GRT communities they serve, is heard.

We lead on advocacy for these vulnerable communities, influencing the policy and strategy agendas in the context of a devolved Welsh Government and, increasingly internationally across the UK, and we deliver quality training for those who work with Gypsy, Roma, Traveller communities, who wish to improve their reach and their impact.



(Via Wales TUC)


Toolkit to help Support People with Autism in the Workplace 


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As you are aware it is World Autism Awareness Week and there are a range of newly created resources to develop a better understanding of how to support people with autism in the workplace.

Wale TUC have produced this wonderful toolkit which is available in Welsh and English and available to download

(via Invest in Nature)

Invest in Nature Newsletter March 2019:  Coming to an end.

After a brilliant 3.5 years of events, webinars, resources and engagement to support community action on the environment, the Invest in Nature (formerly Environet) service run by WCVA will be closing on 31 March 2019. The service was made possible by Welsh Government funding that has now come to an end.

WCVA will continue influencing work on the Well-Being of Future Generations Act, with resources and information available here. The information and resources developed by the Invest in Nature team on Climate Change and Greening your Organisation will be maintained by Cynnal Cymru – Sustain Wales, Wales’s sustainable development charity and Wales Biodiversity Partnership will host the Making Space for Nature webpages.

It has been an inspirational 3.5 years over which time Invest in Nature has supported more than 600 requests for information, advice, promotion or partnership; held 23 webinars and 10 events, including our Zero Carbon Wales events with CAT, and developed resources that have been viewed more than 30,000 times.

An independent evaluation also found that the service was highly regarded as a ‘positive force for good’ amongst the people we want to support.

Thank you to everyone who has contributed ideas, advice, stories, expertise and wisdom during the Invest in Nature project. Please don’t forget to take a look at our resources before they find their new homes.

Kind regards

We hope you enjoy our final edition: https://mailchi.mp/wcva/invest-in-nature-cymru-e-newsletter-mar19-798705?e=8bfc9f5047