Take Care in Welsh with Swansea’s New App

Swansea University will break new ground at the National Eisteddfod of Wales on Friday 9 August at 11am by launching an innovative App to support Welsh learners working in the field of healthcare.

The Caring through Welsh App, funded by the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol, will help healthcare workers to use their Welsh skills, with the aim of increasing the opportunity for patients to have their care delivered through the medium of Welsh if they so wish.‌

Voiced by S4C television presenter and Swansea University graduate Nia Parry, the App features the alphabet, numbers, and useful phrases and can be downloaded free of charge on any Apple device.

The App was based on a pocket book created in 2011 by Angharad Jones, a senior lecturer in Biomedical Sciences at the University’s College of Human and Health Sciences.

The 40-page booklet was presented to students upon their induction to the course that year, with the aim of encouraging them to practice their Welsh and provide an improved level of service to the public.

By turning the booklet into an interactive tool, it will be a convenient and valuable resource for everyone to use.

Nia Parry, who will be attending the launch of the Caring through Welsh App on the Eisteddfod maes, said: ‘‘The App is an exciting and useful resource for those who work in healthcare. As a former student of Swansea University, I was glad to be able to contribute to the project and I look forward playing a part in the launch at the Eisteddfod.’’

Angharad Jones said: ‘‘The pocket book was very popular with our students and gave them the confidence to speak Welsh when dealing with the public. I hope the App will encourage more to speak Welsh in the workplace and I would like to thank Galactig for completing the design element and the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol for funding the project.’’

Dr Dafydd Trystan, the Coleg Cymraeg Registar added: ‘‘I am glad that the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol has funded this project. It is vital that healthcare workers are confident in dealing with patients in Welsh to provide the best possible care. An innovative development like this is key to increasing students and future employee’s confidence when using Welsh. Congratulations to Swansea University.’’

The App will be used as part of Swansea University’s Social Work and Nursing degrees from September, to show how important a role the Welsh language has to play in health and social care.

The App can be downloaded from iTunes here