Views sought from community on state of Gaelic in Staffin

RESEARCHERS are visiting Staffin later this month to hold a key meeting about the state of Gaelic in the district.

Staffin, which was the Gaelic Community of the Year in 2010, has long been a heartland for the language in Skye but that cannot be taken for granted.

The Soillse research team at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig is conducting a series of public meetings on how local communities view the current state of Gaelic in their respective localities.

The team has organised a meeting at Staffin Community Hall on Wednesday, May 10 starting at 7pm.

SMO’s Iain Caimbeul said: “The primary aim of the meeting is to get views from the community on the current state of Gaelic in the area; the strength of the language in Staffin in terms of use across the community, in shops, schools, local businesses, church, crofting etc.

“We would also like to get views on how people view current policies and their understanding and knowledge of Gaelic development policies. We would like to finish our conversation with a discussion on how the community see the way forward in terms of local community actions, what types of community support is needed and who the community might wish to work with in partnership.”

Mgr Caimbeul said that everybody is welcome to attend the meeting and the researchers are particularly keen to hear from Gaelic speakers of all generations in Staffin.

Copy of the poster is below can be accessed here: Coinneamhan_Postair_Stafainn

Soillse is a research collaboration between the University of the Highlands and Islands, Aberdeen University, Edinburgh University and the University of Glasgow, and was established to provide research to inform public policy towards the maintenance and revitalisation of Gaelic language and culture.