John Muir Trust praised for commitment to Welsh language

A top official in a Welsh youth movement has thanked the John Muir Trust for its commitment and contribution to the Welsh language.

A top official in a Welsh youth movement has thanked the John Muir Trust for its commitment and contribution to the Welsh language.

Head of outdoor education outreach for The Urdd, Sion Lloyd, said: “The John Muir Award is a fantastic framework to connect participants with wild places, the fantastic Welsh countryside and its heritage. The new Welsh Language Record Books are a fantastic resource that will be widely used with our participants”.

The John Muir Trust has managed the John Muir Award in Wales since 2001, however there has been a notable increase in activity over the last year. Phil Stubbington, the Trust’s Award Manager based in Llangollen, puts this down to: new Welsh language resources; a Leader Training event specifically for Welsh speakers; a marked increase in Welsh-speaking organisations delivering the Award and an annual increase to over 750 Welsh speakers achieving and celebrating their Gwobr John Muir (John Muir Awards).

The People’s Postcode Trust provided funding for Welsh language John Muir Award Record Books, designed to assist learners – as well as teachers and leaders delivering the Award in Welsh.

Invaluable framework
New resources and training opportunities have attracted new partnerships and supported established ones – such as Call of the Wild [http://www.callofthewild.co.uk/], a skills and behaviour development company.

“The John Muir Award has been an invaluable framework for young people to connect with, and to get back to, enjoying nature. It makes them look deeper into the world they see around them, fuelling their imagination and creativity” said Dave Thomas, Head Facilitator at Call of the Wild, South Wales.

“The John Muir Award helps to develop their communication and extend their Welsh Language vocabulary; learning words that that they would not come across in everyday life”.

Inspiring Welsh speakers
2013 has also seen a new collaboration between the John Muir Trust, Urdd Gobaith Cymru and Mission:Explore to create a unique collection of 20 missions to inspire Welsh speakers to follow in the footsteps of John Muir.

Mission:Explore John Muir Cymru is a free to download Welsh e-book that captures a variety of Muir’s adventures and messages and turns them into fun accessible activities.

For more information on Welsh language events, resources and using the John Muir Award in Welsh, please contact Phil Stubbington, John Muir Award Manager - Wales, 08454569398.