Opportunities: my work with myf.Cymru

Participating in one extra-curricular activity with the OU has led to my student voice making a difference to Welsh-speaking students within the OU.


I am the same as most OU students, juggling numerous competing priorities whilst also trying to improve my employability and career prospects. Prioritising extra-curricular activities is not always at the top of my to-do list! Nevertheless, I attended the Welsh Language focussed Student Voice Session in November 2021, hoping I could contribute to the discussion and potentially meet other students. Having said I was happy to be contacted in the future, I was approached a few months later by the OU with an opportunity to work with myf.Cymru. The key part of the role was to help them develop their mental health support for Welsh-speaking students.

Participating in one extra-curricular activity with the OU has led to my student voice not only making a difference to Welsh-speaking students within the OU, but also for those who study in any university in Wales and beyond who might require mental health support through the medium of Welsh.

I even got to attend the official launch of myf.Cymru at the Welsh Assembly, not something I imagined possible when I started studying with the OU! I now feel that not only have I contributed to something which is important to me, but I have also gained greater self-confidence knowing my voice matters, plus, I have made new professional connections and added to my developing professional CV.

The image shows nine people smiling in front of microphones and the text reads: myf.cymruCyfleoedd

Rwyf yr un fath a’r rhan fwyaf o fyfyrwyr y Brifysgol Agored, yn jyglo llawer o flaenoriaethau cystadleuol tra hefyd yn ceisio gwella fy nghyflogadwyedd a’m rhagolygon gyrfa. Nid yw blaenoriaethu gweithgareddau allgyrsiol bob amser ar frig ein rhestrau o bethau i’w gwneud! Serch hynny, fynychais Sesiwn Llais Myfyrwyr Cymraeg nol yn Nhachwedd 2021, gan obeithio gyfrannu at y drafodaeth, ac o bosibl, cyfarfod a rhai myfyrwyr eraill. Wedi dweud fy mod yn hapus i gael fy nghysylltu yn y dyfodol, daeth y Brifysgol Agored ataf ychydig fisoedd yn ddiweddarach gyda chyfle i weithio gyda myf.Cymru. Gofynion y rol oedd i gynorthwyo’r ddatblygiad o gefnogaeth iechyd meddwl i fyfyrwyr Cymraeg eu hiaith.
Mae cymryd rhan mewn un gweithgaredd allgyrsiol gyda’r Brifysgol Agored wedi arwain at fy llais myfyriwr nid yn unig yn gwneud gwahaniaeth i fyfyrwyr y Brifysgol Agored sydd yn Gymraeg eu iaith, ond i’r rhai sy’n astudio mewn unrhyw Brifysgol yng Nghymru, a thu hwnt, sydd angen cymorth iechyd meddwl trwy gyfrwng y Gymraeg.

Cefais hyd yn oed fynychu lansiad swyddogol myf.Cymru yn y Cynulliad Cenedlaethol, nid rhywbeth oedd yn ddisgwyliedig pan gychwynais fel myfyrwraig gyda’r Brifysgol Agored! Dwi nawr yn teimlo, nid yn unig yr wyf wedi cyfrannu at rywbeth sy’n bwysig i mi, ond rwyf hefyd wedi magu mwy o hunanhyder gan gwybod bod fy llais yn bwysig. Ar ben hynny, rwyf wedi gwneud cysylltiadau proffesiynol newydd gyda’r bonws ychwanegol o’u cynnwys ar fy CV.


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