Continuing poromotion of Gaelic
Despite current economic challenges, the Gaelic development company Comunn na Gaidhlig (CnaG) continues to play a vital role in promoting the language and culture.
And while CnaG has not been immune to financial cutbacks, the agency has taken the opportunity to streamline operations and tighten its focus.
Established in 1984 CnaG is a company limited by guarantee with charitable status, operating at local, regional and national levels.
“As a company, we’re having to do the same things as any other business at the moment – seeing what we can do to cut costs and diversify our income streams/1 says CnaG chief executive Donald MacNeill “We are making sure that the Gaelic development effort continues and that whatever we are doing is as effective as possible. This is a challenge but is not necessarily a bad thing.”
And although CnaGr like other pro-Gaelic organisations, is affected by budget constraints, Mr MacNeill says it’s important to try and protect the core development activity.
“We are involved in saving a language/1 he says. “Although economics, and economic activity based around Gaelic is important, this is a much wider issue. We’re talking about something that contributes to our regional and national identity, and the greater well-being of the area. Scotland is culturally different and the Gaelic language plays a big part in that. Economics, culture and heritage are inextricably linked.
CnaG is responsible for the delivery of a wide range of Gaelic services including the likes of work placement programmes and a bilingual signage scheme.
In particular, CnaG works with communities across Scotland where the agency has established a number of Gaelic initiatives.
Although working towards Gaelic development overall the company is essentially a contractor – focused on delivering work contracted to it by Highlands and Islands Enterprise and Bord na Gaidhlig, the principal public authority with responsibility for developing Gaelic.
CnaG is based in Inverness but has staff in the Western Isles, Lochaben Argyll, and Glasgow and Edinburgh – an increasingly important area with a growing proportion of the nation’s Gaelic speakers now believed to be based in the Central Belt.
For further details about CnaG, telephone 01463 234138 or visit www.cnag.org.uk
Bilingual signs pack – Support for business
Comunn na Gaidhlig has created a practical pack (free of charge) which has 17 signs and stickers and also information about general Gaelic terminology for use in business.
We fully intend that companies using these packs will receive some additional advertising. We are also advertising our scheme whereby companies can receive up to 50% grant aidtowards the cost of bilingual signs
Helping businesses through developing and strengthening Gaelic