I hope this finds you all safe and well. I appreciate that this is an uncertain and anxious time for us all.
I would like to reiterate Bòrd na Gàidhlig’s commitment to all of our funding partners, volunteer groups, communities and Gaelic speakers and learners alike during this time. We have outlined the work that lies ahead of us below and will provide you with regular updates as we move forward.
As announced last week, many of the activities funded by Bòrd na Gàidhlig and delivered by partners across the country will be subject to cancellation, alteration or re-scheduling over the coming months.
- It is important that organisations follow official advice and play their part in delaying the impact of COVID-19.
- Priority should be given at this time to keeping people and communities safe and ensuring that any additional burden on the NHS in kept to a minimum.
- The latest advice and information from the Scottish Government can be found here: https://www.gov.scot/coronavirus-covid-19/
- Funding awards which are affected by following COVID-19 advice will be honoured by Bòrd na Gàidhlig where required and we ask that you keep us up-to-date as your plans change.
Following the Scottish Government’s advice, all staff are working from home until advised this is not necessary. We will be conducting business as usual during this time as far as possible. We will not receive post at this time, please scan any documents to us.
During this period, here is information on what Bòrd na Gàidhlig is working on:
- Managed circulation of information on various resources, via Bòrd na Gàidhlig’s social media channels, that can be used in the home to support young people’s learning at various levels.
- Developing a signposting facility ‘#cleachdi aig an taigh’ to link the different resources that are available to increase Gaelic usage at home.
- Working with various partners to make sure that the resources we fund are available to all GME school pupils, with training available online so that families can use them; as well as providing information and tips for parents.
- Looking to the longer-term, we’ll also be developing an online information resource for schools to highlight Gaelic career opportunities; and exploring what support can be offered online to newly qualified teachers and others instead of events we had planned for the coming months.
- Working with main funded organisations to create opportunities to use Gaelic outwith formal education activities. These would be at national and local levels.
- More generally, explore opportunities to support those individuals who are self-employed and work in education, creative and cultural sectors to participate in and deliver activities to increase usage and at the same time, increase their employment opportunities.
- In addition, we are also in discussion with staff about providing support to other organisations where there is need for cover in GME due to staff illness.
Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us. Send your queries to firstname.lastname@example.org and your message will be forwarded to the relevant person or department.
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