National News | 02nd Sep 2021

Committee Campaign (13 – 17 September)

At Mudiad Meithrin we believe that every child in Wales should have the opportunity to play, learn and grow in Welsh, therefore we provide, support and advocate for early years learning and childcare across Wales.

The aim of our ‘Campaign for Committees’ (#MoreThanACommittee) week from September 13-17 is to celebrate the work of our voluntary management committee members, to share best practice and to encourage others to join us, and just to say ’diolch’ / thank you!

Over fifty years, Mudiad Meithrin has grown to become an umbrella organisation and national network for early years and childcare settings provided in Welsh. We facilitate services for children and their families – informal parent and baby groups to early years playgroups and nurseries providing childcare. In order to do this, we depend on a national network – thousands of people – who volunteer on their local Cylch Meithrin’s voluntary management committee. They take responsibility for all aspects of the Cylch Meithrin’s business including employment, Health and Safety and safeguarding. Without their willing co-operation it would be impossible for us to do our work effectively.

Mudiad Meithrin’s Chief Executive Dr Gwenllian Lansdown Davies, said:

“The main objectives of our ‘Campaign for Committees’ week are to encourage new volunteers to join the committee at their local Cylch Meithrin; show that there is a lot of support and resources available through the Mudiad to support the voluntary committee, reinforce the message that you do not have to be a parent or be able to speak Welsh to be a volunteer on the Cylch Meithrin committee, and most of all to thank the volunteers who already do a great job supporting our Cylchoedd Meithrin.”

Alannah Griffiths is a parent who volunteers as a treasurer at Cylch Miri Morswyn in Holyhead:

“As a parent I think that it’s nice to see what goes on behind the scenes, know what’s happening within the Cylch, and also have the opportunity to contribute as the treasurer.”

If you would like to volunteer on a Cylch Meithrin Committee (you don’t have to be a parent or be able to speak Welsh) contact your local Cylch Meithrin or find out more here: For-Committees – Meithrin