On the 3rd of October 2017, the More than just words Showcase Event was held at the Cardiff City Stadium and was hosted by Angharad Mair.

The aim of the event was to showcase successful initiatives and to share best practice in Welsh language provision in health, social services and social care in implementing the More than just words.... strategic framework. As well as awarding the best initiatives there was an opportunity to listen to international speakers and speakers from Wales and to learn from them.

To learn from the good practice displayed at the Showcase Event this year, a booklet was created describing each of the winning initiatives. You can see a copy of the booklet at the foot of this page.

2017 Conference

As a part of our conference this year, speeches were delivered from representatives of the health, social services and social care sectors amongst others. Speeches were delivered by:

    • Vaughan Gething AM, Cabinet Secretary for Health, Well-being and Sport
    • Keynote Speaker – Dr Aitor Montes Lasarte, GP, Osakidetza (Basque Country Health Service)
    • Dr Awen Iorwerth, Clinical Lecturer, Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol
    • Meilys Smith, National Lead Welsh Language Work stream (WCCIS)
    • Dr Jeremy Evas, Head of Welsh Language Promotion, Welsh Government
    • Sophie Ann Hughes, Researcher in the field of mental health
    • Dr Andrew Goodall, Director General of Health and Social Services, Welsh Government / Chief Executive, NHS Wales
    • Claire Jordan, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board

Copies of the speakers’ presentations are available below along with their profiles:

2017 Awards

The event celebrated and shared the innovative work of individuals, teams and initiatives in providing bilingual care.

Through the awards, the aim was to:
    • Raise the profile of the language by recognising good practice
    • Share and network innovative ideas and schemes
    • Encourage others to develop bilingual initiatives in the future
    • Encourage friendly competition between teams and departments
This year there were three categories:
    • Innovation
    • The Active Offer
    • Leadership
This year the judges were:
    • Dr Llinos Roberts, GP
    • Dr Huw Dylan Owen, Head of Transformation Adult Services, Powys County Council
    • Beti George, Broadcaster

To watch the videos of this year's winning initiatives, click here.





Welsh Language Scholarship and Education Network - College of Biomedical and Life Sciences, Cardiff University




Special Commendation - Developing a Bilingual Workforce - Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board




Special Commendation - Enabling the delivery of Welsh language care in a

primary care setting - NHS Wales Informatics Service


The Active Offer


Language Choice Scheme - Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board


The Active Offer


Special Commendation - Careline and Dewis Sir Gâr, Communities - Carmarthenshire County Council


The Active Offer


Special Commendation - Dr Andy Summors - Aneurin Bevan University Health Board




Board Members - Hywel Dda University Health Board



Special Commendation - Welsh Language Promotion, Challenge and Support Group - Powys County Council



Special Commendation - More than just words North Wales Forum - Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board

Lifetime Achievement Award


Gwerfyl Roberts, Bangor University

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