As a (very early!) beginner-Welsh speaker, I eagerly volunteered to attend the Builth Wells Eisteddfod yr Urdd…and then quickly had second thoughts. Would I be able to communicate? Would people be mean or offended if my attempts at Welsh went badly? Without realising, I had instantly stepped into the shoes of many of the young people that we, as a charity, work with. Moving to a new place can be scary, but it must be especially scary if you can’t speak the language and your classmates lack knowledge or understanding around issues such as immigration - but that’s a talk for another day.
Back to the Urdd! Despite my nerves, the day was lovely. After practising a few phrases on the drive up, Education Co-ordinator and Welsh speaker, Noam, and I set ourselves up in the National Education Union tent. It turns out the only word you need is ‘freebies’!
Our aim was to raise awareness of the charity among young people and we were also able to do this by holding a ‘keepy uppy’ competition, with the winner to receive a ball signed by the Welsh Football team (to be announced shortly!).
I also got the chance to explore a little. Organisations from all across Wales were there to celebrate not only the culture of Wales, but also our young people who displayed a wealth of talent on stage throughout. The Welsh focus on hearing the voices of our young people was particularly striking. From surveys on opinions of Brexit, to recruitment for the new Youth Parliament, children were shown that their thoughts and opinions mattered. Not only did the Urdd feel warm and welcoming, but any event that builds up our young people is just fine by me.
Roedd yn bleser mawr i DyCCiH fynd draw i Lanelwedd ar gyfer Eisteddfod yr Urdd. Roeddem yn rhannu stondin gyda'r NEU - diolch o galon iddynt am hynny. Mae Eisteddfod yr Urdd yn wyl flynyddol, ble mae ieuenctid Cymru'n cael y cyfle i gystadlu a pherfformio trwy gyfrwng y Gymraeg, ac hefyd i fwynhau bwrlwm a gweithgareddau amrwyiol y maes.
Roedd yn gyfle arbennig a gwerthfawr i ni godi ymwybyddiaeth o'r elusen ymysg drwy sgwrsio gyda phobl ifanc a rhieni, rhannu ein deunyddiau gyda nhw (posteri timau chwaraeon, cylchgronnau, bathodynnau ayyb) a chynnal cystadleuaeth 'keepy-uppy' hynod boblogaidd! Bu degau o blant yn rhoi cynnig arni, gyda'r enillydd (bydd yn cael ei gyhoeddi'n fuan iawn) yn ennill pel wedi'i arwyddo gan y tim cenedlaethol!
Cafwyd deuddydd gwerth chweil yng nghanol y diwylliant Cymreig a'r hwyl, ac edrychwn ymlaen i ddychwelyd yno eto blwyddyn nesaf.