The aim of the Gaelic Language (Scotland) Act 2005 is to secure the status of Gaelic as an official language of Scotland commanding equal respect to the English language. Our Gaelic Language Plan explains how we will promote and use Gaelic within our work and throughout North Ayrshire.
As a local authority, which serves a diverse range of cultures, we are committed to developing our Gaelic provision and we will join other public bodies in producing their own Gaelic Language Plan.
We audited our provision for Early Years, Gaelic Cultural provision and Adult Learning and held discussions with communities about our approach of basic language acquisition through:
- awareness raising of Scottish culture and history
- information and awareness sessions for parents
- musical tuition
- Scottish dance instruction.
The Gaelic language skills of our workforce have been audited. This gives us a basis for growth.
North Ayrshire Council’s Gaelic Language Plan was approved by Bòrd na Gàidhlig on 12 June 2014 and is currently being refreshed.
North Ayrshire Council Gaelic Language Plan 2014 - 2019 (PDF, 572kb)
Plana Gàidhlig Comhairle Siorrachd Àir a Tuath 2014 - 2019 (PDF, 726kb)
Gaelic Language Plan Cabinet Report (PDF, 80kb) - June 2019
Gaelic Language Plan Public Consultation 2019-2024
North Ayrshire Council has engaged publicly on the draft of our Gaelic language plan through the six Locality Partnerships’ March 2019 meetings and through Consul, our digital engagement platform. Responses were small in number and demonstrated a variety of views.
This consulatation is now closed and this is the summary (PDF, 189kb)
North Ayrshire Council draft 2nd edition Gaelic Language Plan 2019-2024
Staff skills audit (PDF, 2.7mb)
Senior Manager (Information and Culture)/Àrd-mhanaidsear (Fiosrachadh is Cultar)
North Ayrshire Council/Comhairle Siorrachd Àir a Tuath
Cunninghame House/Taigh Choineagain
Telephone: 01294 324415