Conwy and Denbighshire boast a range of locally, nationally and internationally important historic sites and both play host to numerous festivals and cultural events. These contribute to the cultural wellbeing of the area. Tourism offers the two local authority areas the chance to promote their cultural assets and makes a significant contribution to economic wellbeing.
Education is a key factor in enabling the development of a vibrant culture. Our schools and colleges have a key role to play by exposing learners to arts and literature including national and local traditions in the English and Welsh Languages. Our educational structures also have a particular role in protecting and promoting the Welsh language as medium of expression across subject areas and in commercial and community life.
Research at the Wales level suggests that use Welsh is in long term decline. Further work is needed to further develop our understanding of the trends locally. The 2011 Census estimates that in Conwy there are 30,600 and in Denbighshire there are 22,236, people aged 3 or over who are able to speak Welsh. This is a significant proportion of our populations (27.4% and 24.6% respectively) so it is important that our services are offered through the medium of Welsh.
Good communication is essential to good health, particularly between service users and health professionals meaning that promotion of the Welsh language is of key importance; particularly, as we have highlighted, in dementia patients who may only understand or be able to communicate in their first language as their illness progresses.
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