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Hello First name / Friend,,
Today it’s over to Ceri John Phillips, who is an associate of the Wales Arts and Health Wellbeing Network.
The Wales Arts Health and Well-being Network (WAHWN) is a rapidly expanding network of colleagues delivering arts and health work in Wales. This challenge came from a Welsh Language 'breakout room' on Zoom, during a creative online workshop with WAHWN and 64 Million Artists!
Pictured below is WAHWN in action, a younger and older person sit side by side taking part in an exercise class, alongside a photo of Ceri John Phillips during our Zoom workshop.
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This year, we are so pleased that The January Challenge is fully available in the Welsh Language, thanks to support from the Arts Council of Wales. This includes The Champions Pack - a free resource which includes all 31 challenges ahead of time - for people who want to use The January Challenge to engage with the groups around them at work or in their local community.

“Today we invite people to create new words – geiriau newydd, which is at the heart of all creative processes – we take something that exists, and we put it with something else that exists and we create something new.” - Ceri John Phillips

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'Geiriau newydd' means 'new words' in Welsh.
Choose a word that is meaningful to you. Write it down in your 'mother tongue' - your first language. Now, learn how to say that word in a totally new language. You could use Google, books or conversation to learn how to say or sign that word. 
Combine the two words to create one new word. 
Welsh Translation: 
Geiriau newydd. 
Dewis air sy'n golygu rhywbeth i ti. Ysgrifenna'r gair yn dy famiaith - dy iaith gyntaf. Yna, dysga ddweud y gair mewn iaith gwbl newydd. Gallet ddefnyddio Google, llyfrau neu sgwrsio ag eraill i ddysgu sut i ynganu neu arwyddo'r gair. 
Cyfuna'r ddau air i greu un gair newydd. 
Click below to watch Ceri tell us more about today's challenge! 
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Has your new word added any meaning to the original or completely changed it for you?
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Share your new word, and we'll create the 64 Million Artists dictionary of new words! 
Share your responses with #TheJanuaryChallenge #64MillionArtists on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. 
Share your response with friends and family and invite them to join in!
Read our top tips for accessible sharing on social media here. 

A note from 64 Million Artists: 
There is no wrong or right way to take part in The January Challenge. People take part in all sorts of ways! Here are some examples: 
  • Sharing the challenges with your community group or workplace  and creating responses together
  • Creating a WhatsApp group with friends or family to share responses
  • Sharing responses on social media in our friendly Facebook Group, or on Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #TheJanuaryChallenge
  • Individually, keeping responses to yourself 
Anything goes. 
There is no pressure to complete the challenge everyday of the month, if simply reading the prompt brings new thoughts each day, or you create a physical response 31 days of the month, we encourage you to take part in a way that works best for you!

See you tomorrow, 
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from the team at 64 Million Artists
P.s. Why not invite a friend to join The January Challenge and kickstart a little connection with others?