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The Week That Was #291… 5 peeks behind the week at Working Word


Marie Claire talks maternity leave rights. Encouraging today’s youth to speak Welsh outside of the classroom. Bagging national coverage for a Welsh staycation. Shining a spotlight on Swansea Bay. Taking a ride with a rollercoaster fanatic who just reached an impressive new milestone. 


1) Talking maternity leave rights with Marie Claire

Capital Law employment lawyer, Alex Christen, regularly contributes to a number of women’s media titles on employment law issues specific to women and this week we organised for her to comment on a piece on maternity leave rights written by Marie Claire features editor, Catriona Harvey-Jenner. Alex answered specific questions including ‘can you quit your job straight after (or during) maternity leave?’ and ‘do you have to pay back your maternity pay if you quit during mat leave?’, among many others. The result is a lengthy and informative piece designed to provide expectant mothers with all of the information they need when it comes to their mat leave job rights. Read more here.


2) Encouraging young people to use Welsh outside the classroom

Over the last few months, we’ve been working with Pembrokeshire County Council to develop a brand and Instagram channel to encourage young people in the county’s secondary schools to engage and use the Welsh language outside of the classroom. The account, called ‘Wes’, which is slang for ‘ok’ in Pembrokeshire, is a solely Welsh language account that shares engaging content to help young people interact with Welsh on social media. You can follow the account here.


3) Bagging national coverage for a Welsh staycation

Last weekend saw another splash of coverage from a press trip we organised for the Celtic Routes. The Celtic Routes is a Welsh and Irish tourism collaboration designed to showcase the natural wonders of the counties of Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire in Wales and Wicklow, Wexford, Waterford in Ireland. Our latest coverage features a trip to west Wales, organised for the travel editor of The Telegraph’s weekend magazine, Stella. Highlights included the famous Dylan Thomas Boathouse in Laugharne, the National Botanic Garden of Wales and the Norman castle of Kidwelly. Coverage was secured on The Telegraph and in last Sunday’s Stella magazine.  


4) Dreaming of sunny staycations with Visit Swansea Bay

While the heavens opened this week, we’ve been dreaming of sunnier days while reading the latest blog post from travel blogger, Absolutely Lucy, who was recently hosted on a visit to Swansea Bay, Gower and Mumbles by our client, Visit Swansea Bay. As well as having a go at stand up paddle boarding in Oxwich Bay, Lucy went on a foodie tour of the region trying the best local produce, which she details in her blog post. We work alongside Visit Swansea Bay to secure and organise visits with bloggers and press to promote the area to target markets. If you want to read Lucy’s full blog, check it out here.


5) Megafobia superfan hits 6,000 rides milestone

This week we told the story of rollercoaster fanatic, Ryan Hackett, who last week took his 6,000th ride on iconic Welsh wooden rollercoaster, Megafobia, at Pembrokeshire’s Oakwood Theme Park. Ryan, who has been riding Megafobia since it opened in 1996, had been working towards the major milestone before the lockdown hit and has been committed to achieving his goal ever since. We arranged for the BBC to come down and film Ryan at Oakwood and to interview Park Director, Phil Verbinnen, which you can view here. You can also read more about the story on Wales 247 and the South Wales Argus.