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SONMS’ Lorraine Joomun wins Welsh Language in Healthcare Award

26 July 2013

SONMS' Lorraine Joomun after receiving her Welsh Language in Healthcare award for her work with Twf.
 

Lorraine Joomun, Programme Manager on the Cardiff School of Nursing and Midwifery Studies’ Specialist Community Public Health Nursing programme, has been presented with a prized Welsh Language award in recognition of her work with the Welsh Language initiative Twf. The award was bestowed during the annual Welsh Language in Healthcare Conference on 11th July 2013.


Twf is an initiative to encourage parents to raise their children bilingually, resulting in not only the ability to communicate in two languages, but increased cognitive function. Lorraine has supported the Twf message from the outset, working to incorporate the initiative into the postgraduate programme she manages.


“The students have a session with a representative from Twf who speaks to them about encouraging families to communicate with their children in both English and Welsh,” says Lorraine. “It doesn’t matter if parents are not Welsh speakers. There are resources available on the Twf website to allow parents to learn Welsh alongside their children.” Lorraine’s support has ensured that future health visitors from the programme will have confidence in encouraging parents to raise their children bilingually – and be able to direct them to resources that can help.  


The Welsh Language in Healthcare Conference is an annual symposium which gathers together representatives working in healthcare, with the aim of sharing good practice and encouraging bilingual provision. The theme for this year's conference was ‘Words into Action’. It engaged with the Welsh Government’s strategic Welsh language framework, aimed at strengthening Welsh language provision in health, social services and social care.

Click here to learn more about Twf.

Click here to learn more about Cardiff School of Nursing and Midwifery Studies’ Specialist Community Public Health Nursing programme.