Iomairt Inbhir Nis meets every 3 months with representatives from each Gaelic organisation in the city. The group works to co-ordinate projects and events and record progress made relating to the priorities for Gaelic specific to this area.
The main focus of the Iomairt involves the promotion of Gaelic Education, supporting the Parental Advisory Scheme and Youth Events. Currently there are efforts to develop the 0-3 services and groups and there is also a demand for Ulpan classes and conversation circles for parents / adults. Here are the main action areas focused on by Iomairt Inbhir Nis:
Parental Advisory Scheme For this project, parents who have experience of a child being Educated through Gaelic Medium are given training to advise and give information about Gaelic Education, as well as being ambassadors for Gaelic. The parental advisers attend community events and open days in the area. It is hoped to recruit some more Parental Advisors in the Inverness area.
Gaelic in the Home
The Iomairt aims to provide assistance to parents with children in Gaelic Education. To achieve this there are numerous after-school clubs / activities for children throughout the year and discounted Ulpan classes are provided for parents.
Early years Two Gaelic pre-school groups are running in Inverness and efforts are being made to start up more groups. The groups get help and support in ways such as being offered practical training and advice.
Gaelic Education – Primary In Inverness there is one primary school that offers Gaelic Medium Education – Bun Sgoil Ghàidhlig Inbhir Nis. The Gaelic bodies represented on the Iomairt try to support teachers and pupils where possible for example by running homework clubs and similar.
Fèisean nan Gàidheal organise cultural and arts events in the area and also the John Muir Award (led through the medium of Gaelic) is now running for teenagers, so there is a choice of activities for young people.
Gaelic classes are provided in the city throughout the year. This year the Iomairt has been coordinating some new opportunities for Adult Learning eg. Conversation classes and more promotion of Gaelic.
Main roles of the organisations
Comunn na Gàidhlig – Co-ordination, promotion of Gaelic Education, Youth work, early years.
Clì Gàidhlig – Courses, Classes and learning materials and technology for learners (adults)
An Comunn Gàidhealach – Promotion of the Gaelic language, culture, work with young people
The Highland Council – Education, early years, Gaelic classes
Fèisean nan Gàidheal – Work with young people, arts education & events
Bòrd na Gàidhlig – Early years