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New Manager appointed for Yr Atom

Caryl Jones from Maesybont, Gwendraeth Valley is the new Manager of Yr Atom, the Welsh Centre in Carmarthen.

Caryl graduated from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David in 2017 with a degree in BA Primary Education with QTS. During her final year at university, Caryl was Treasurer of the Welsh Society, and was also the winner of the Norah Isaac Award for her contribution to Welsh life at the University. It is therefore fitting that she is returning to the University as the manager of Yr Atom and will no doubt lead the centre's energetic contribution to Welsh language life in Carmarthen.

Since graduating, Caryl has worked as a teacher in a number of Carmarthenshire schools, and has also been teaching Welsh to children at Ysgol y Gaiman in Patagonia, before returning to Wales to work as a Community Officer for Menter Castell Nedd Port Talbot.

Starting in her new role at Yr Atom, Caryl said:

"I am privileged to be appointed as the manager of Yr Atom. I look forward to building on the special foundation that has already been created here, and ensuring that Yr Atom is buzzing throughout the year. I look forward to working with our partners and forging new contacts to promote the Welsh language across Carmarthen town. I'll also be planning golden opportunities for Carmarthen children, young people and students."

As well as being a venue for activities for all ages, and Welsh lessons as part of the Canolfan Dysgu Cymraeg Cenedlaethol's provision in Carmarthen town, Yr Atom is also home to a number of community organisations and groups, such as Menter Gorllewin Sir Gâr; Menter a Busnes, Cylch Meithrin Myrddin and Merched y Wawr. Many local businesses are also tenants of the centre, such as Esgidiau CiC Shoes and Evans Bros. Estate Agents on King Street.

"The University looks forward to welcoming Caryl to her new role as manager of Yr Atom"

said Gwilym Dyfri Jones, Provost of Carmarthen Campus, University of Wales Trinity Saint David, who led the establishment of the centre on King Street in 2015.

“As a former student and former winner of the University's Norah Isaac Memorial Award, Caryl's enthusiasm for the Welsh language is infectious. We look forward to seeing her vision become a reality, thus strengthening the position of the Welsh language in Carmarthen town. ”

Carys Ifan, Director of S4C's Yr Egin Centre, who has strategic and operational responsibility for Yr Atom, noted:

“Caryl has an excellent knowledge of education, the field of promoting Welsh, and Carmarthenshire, an ideal combination to lead the development of Yr Atom over the next period. I very much look forward to working with her to ensure that the centre provides favorable conditions for the growth of the language and contributes effectively to reaching one million speakers.”


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