Top award for Hafal’s services for Welsh speakers

Hafal, the principal Welsh charity for people with severe mental illness and their carers, has won a top award for the quality of the materials and services it provides to Welsh speakers.

At the Welsh Language in Healthcare Awards 2007, Hafal was praised for the consistent high-quality of its approach to the Welsh language and won the £1,000 prize in the category Priority Groups: People with Mental Health Problems.

Evan Thomas, Service Manager of Hafal’s Carmarthenshire services, travelled to the awards ceremony in Llandudno to collect the prize on behalf of the charity.

Hafal’s wide range of publications and extensive web content are all fully bilingual and the charity is proactive in implementing its on-going policy to develop Welsh-language services.

This is the second consecutive year that Hafal has won an award at the event.

The annual awards, now in their fourth year, are organised by the Welsh Language Unit of the Department of Health and Social Services at the Welsh Assembly Government.

The Welsh Language Unit is a unique section within the Department for Health and Social Services, which aims to improve the provision of Welsh language services by raising the awareness, status and importance of language issues within healthcare in Wales.

The Unit facilitates and encourages the sharing of good practice by Local Health Boards and National Health Service (NHS) Trusts, through national strategic and networking groups. These include the NHS Trust Welsh Language Champions, the Local Health Boards (LHBs) Welsh Language Champions, the Welsh Language Contact Points and the All Wales Task Group for Welsh Language Services.