Gaelic’s home is in the Hebrides. It informs our identity and our heritage. It is of the people – a community asset and strength. Gaelic is increasingly promoted as a fundamental part of Scottish life, and nowhere is better placed to take advantage of that than the Outer Hebrides.
Using Gaelic in your services and products gives them a unique island flavour. It gives your business a provenance and a story to tell customers. A VisitScotland survey in 2016 found that a third of visitors to Scotland are interested in Gaelic.
The language and associated culture lend a rich character to our communities.
It fosters community cohesion and promotes a strong sense of place. The more we use it, the longer it will continue, ensuring that our vibrant culture continues to illuminate future generations of islanders.
A 2015 HIE Report showed that half of young people in the Highlands & Islands region believe a supportive environment for Gaelic makes this region a more attractive place to live.
In Ar Stòras Gàidhlig, more than 60% of businesses stated that business use of/association with Gaelic enhances the value of Gaelic in the community, and the pattern is even stronger within community organisations.
Potential funders such as Highland & Islands Enterprise (HIE), VisitScotland, Creative Scotland, Historic Environments Scotland (HES), Bòrd na Gàidhlig all have a statutory responsibility to support Gaelic. Showing them that you have Gaelic content will strengthen your bid.
THIS PROJECT IS BEING PART FINANCED BY THE SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT AND THE
EUROPEAN COMMUNITY OUTER HEBRIDES LEADER 2014-2020 PROGRAMME