Early in July, a Gaelic Holiday Club, organised by Comunn na Gàidhlig, which was open to young people with Gaelic aged between 5 and 11, was held in the Stornoway area.
The club ran over four days from 11am to 3pm at St Columba’s church hall and was very well attended, with 28 on average each day.
Over the course of the week, the young people had the opportunity to be involved in a range of activities including games, drama and arts and crafts, all of which were delivered through the medium of Gaelic.
They also welcomed ‘Aileag’ from BBC Reidio nan Gàidheal who joined them on the Wednesday, finding out what the young people were involved in and doing some recording with them.
It is widely recognised that clubs of this nature are greatly beneficial in that they provide support during holiday time for both young people and parents who may not have Gaelic in the home.
Comunn na Gàidhlig’s aim in providing this service is to maintain fluency in young people outwith school, whilst demonstrating to them that Gaelic isn’t just the language of the classroom, but can be used in informal settings amongst their peers also.
The Holiday Club was funded by Bòrd na Gàidhlig and Comhairle nan Eilean Siar.
Pictured are some of the participants at the summer club.