Skewen Cylch given helping hand by Coedffranc council - but must seek fundraising avenues for its future
A WOMAN who has run a Welsh language mother and toddler group in Skewen for more than two decades says she has no intention of finishing.
And Pat Crisp is being given a helping hand to keep her promise by the community council.
Mrs Crisp celebrated 25 years of running Cylch Ti a Fi in the village last month.
But Coedffranc Community Council heard last week that the group was struggling, when they requested a grant of £200.
Chairwoman, Annette Wingrave, said: "I would say we need to approach this lady and ask if there’s any way we could help them with fundraising.
"For instance, they never have a stall at our fete.
"They do singing, they could also do a demonstration."
Councillor Helen Ceri Clark said: "To be fair to them, they do have to pay registration to Mudiad, which English medium groups don’t have to do.
"However, I am a bit concerned."
Councillor Karl Whitehead Ross said the group did charge per child, but questioned how much they charged.
"We should support it, it’s a very good thing in terms of employment and accessibility for people in the area," he said.
Councillor Mike Harvey said: "My concern reading the letter is they are saying they are in financial difficulty and have small numbers at present time.
"If we don’t help them they are going to have to close."
Councillor Ian Whitehead Ross proposed that the council offer the Cylch a rent free period of six months, on the proviso they speak with the Council for Voluntary Service about fundraising and grants.
All members agreed to the proposal.
To celebrate a quarter century of running the group, current members presented Mrs Crisp with a cake and flowers.
"I think I have had the best job in the world and have no intention of finishing," said Mrs Crisp.
"I am sorry to say goodbye to my assistant Sheila who is finishing after 16 years though.
"People don't realise that their little ones will be using Welsh from day one of any school they attend in Wales, not just Welsh medium schools.
"It is the perfect opportunity for children and parents to enjoy a basic start."
Mother of three year old Jasmine and one year old Dylan, Cali Williams said: "It is such a happy and relaxed group and Pat plans so many varied activities that the children are never bored.
"I’d come every day if I could."
The group meets on Wednesday from 10am to noon at Carnegie Hall.
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