Urdd Gobaith Cymru’s Anglesey branch has revealed that there has been a 30 per cent increase in their membership since 2013.

The organisation, which provides opportunities through the medium of Welsh for children and young people in Wales, has seen its number of members increase on the island during the past 6 years from 2,350 to currently 3,033 members.

Eryl Williams, Senior Development Officer for the Urdd on Anglesey said, “This is good news and it’s great to see the number of our members increase.

The organisation’s aim is to enable Wales’ children and young people to become fully rounded individuals, developing personal and social skills that will enable them to make a positive contribution to the community.

We do this by organising various activities throughout the year, which include sporting events, arranging short breaks at our residential centres, day trips and trips abroad. Offering unique experiences to our members and giving them the opportunity to enjoy themselves and to socialise through the medium of Welsh.”

Anglesey County Council’s deputy leader, portfolio holder for the Welsh Language and member of Anglesey’s Language forum, Councillor Ieuan Williams welcomed this news and said, “The authority fully supports the Urdd and its’ vision. Anglesey is one of the stronghold in Wales with 58% of its population being able to speak Welsh according to the recent census.

The Urdd, as well as many other partners, are part of the authority’s Welsh Language Forum that shares a vision see an increase in the number of Welsh speakers by the 2021 Census. Today’s news highlights that the future is bright and I’d like to thank the Anglesey branch of the Urdd and its eager team in ensuring that there is plenty of opportunities on the island for our young generation to thrive.”

For further information on the Urdd and to see what activities they offer follow the link: https://www.urdd.cymru/en