Ceòlas and the members of the Uist Gaelic Language Community Partnership are delighted to announce the appointment of Joe MacNeil to the role of Uist Gaelic Development Officer.
The post, fully funded for one year by Bòrd na Gàidhlig, will see the development of a new Gaelic policy and plan for Uist. Joe will work closely with third sector organisations, other key stakeholders and the community to develop and implement an innovative policy and plan.
Joe said – “I am delighted to take up this post. This is a great opportunity to work closely with organisations across Uist to develop all the great work that is already happening in our communities. I am looking forward to working across Uist to strengthen and nurture the language.”
Joe brings an array of experience to the post including his passion for Gaelic and its culture.
Janet MacDonald, member of the Uist Gaelic Language Community Partnership and member of Comann Eachdraidh Uibhist a Tuath, said – “I am very pleased to welcome Joe into this role. Joe comes in at a really important time for Gaelic in Uist. Capturing the great work that is already happening in the community will be key as well as putting in place a plan that will increase the usage and visibility of the language on our island.”
John Joe MacNeil, Ceòlas’ Ceannard, said – “I welcome Joe into this newly created role. We welcome Bòrd na Gàidhlig’s partnership and support as we continue to work together seeking innovative opportunities that allow Gaelic to flourish across our communities. Thank you to the Uist Gaelic Language Community Partnership for continued support. Joe will be a superb asset to the development of Gaelic on Uist.” Iain MacMillan, Director of Development at Bòrd na Gàidhlig, said – “A local policy and plan developed within the Uist community, for the Uist community, is an exciting step forward in Gaelic development. Bòrd na Gàidhlig is encouraged by the progress made in developing this model, which is underpinned by partnership and supportive engagement, and we look forward to working with everyone involved to fulfil its potential.”