Press Releases 2017

A New Manager at Yr Atom

23.01.2017

Angharad Harding from Llanpumsaint has been appointed as the new Manager of Yr Atom, Carmarthen’s Welsh language Centre.

Angharad Harding

Angharad, a mother of three young children, has taken over the running of the centre having spent twelve years working as a Business Officer with Carmarthenshire County Council.

"I’m extremely excited to start this new position as manager of Yr Atom," said Angharad.

"I’m really looking forward to this new challenge and am very keen to work with a range of different sectors to try and encourage more people to use Welsh as part of their everyday life.

"This is a great opportunity for me to nurture and develop partnerships across the town in order to promote the use of the Welsh language.

"After working with the business sector for many years, I hope to work closely with shops and businesses in Carmarthen - as well as a wide range of organisations – ensuring that language has the opportunity to be heard and seen more throughout the town."

Yr Atom officially opened back in October 2015 after the University of Wales Trinity Saint David was awarded a grant from the Welsh Government's Capital Investment Fund to purchase the building in order to establish a Welsh Centre in the heart of Carmarthen.

The University went on to buy a building on the town’s vibrant King Street which has since been thoroughly renovated to include a café, recording studio and a range of office and flexible spaces for social, leisure and business activities. 

Since then Yr Atom has established itself as a popular centre for Welsh language activities and events in the town, with over 60 different associations and community groups using Yr Atom’s facilities and more than 10,000 people using the Centre during that time.

Yr Atom offers an exciting venue where people of all ages to socialise in Welsh either by taking part in social activities such as yoga or baby massage, or by attending Welsh. Young people are also making great use of the facilities, meeting there on a weekly basis as they attend the town’s Aelwyd yr Urdd or through the various activities organised by Menter Gorllewin Sir Gâr, including a photography club and street dancing.

Carmarthen’s youngest residents also benefit from the centre as the town’s Cylch Meithrin is also based there.  And without doubt, one of the centre’s main attractions is Caffi’r Atom, offering high quality local produce in a friendly, Welsh environment

"We are very pleased to welcome Angharad as she embarks on her new role as Manager of Yr Atom," said Gwilym Dyfri Jones, Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David and the person leading the project on behalf of the University.

"Angharad has great experience of building partnerships and of working with the business community which is certainly going to benefit Yr Atom. Here’s an opportunity to build on the strong foundations that have already been laid and to look forward by developing an exciting and ambitious strategy for the future.

"Yr Atom offers an opportunity for organisations and societies in the area to come together to create a vibrant Welsh community within the same building and I'm sure Angharad will succeed in bringing a range of individuals and organisations together.”

Gwydion Wynne, Director of the University’s Canolfan Peniarth and the person responsible for the strategic and operational direction of Yr Atom said: “We wish to see Carmarthen develop as a truly bilingual town with Yr Atom becoming a natural hub for promoting the Welsh language. Angharad will play a key role as we strive to achieve this goal and we warmly welcome her to our midst as she starts on her new role as Manager of Yr Atom.”

Further Information

  1. For further information, please contact Sian-Elin Davies by emailing sian-elin.davies@uwtsd.ac.uk / 01267 676908 / 07449 998476