Two major breakthroughs today. Firstly, I had to call my equivalent at one of the Councils in South Wales today (who I know doesn’t speak Welsh), to discuss some information of theirs that we have in our files. They do, however, have a Welsh speaking operator on their switchboard. I successfully managed to get through to my equivalent entirely through the medium of Welsh (some fibbing may have been involved, as pretended I couldn’t find her number so that I could speak to the operator ).
Buoyed by the success of the above, I then went one step further. I’d also spoken to my equivalent in the local Welsh Police Force this morning, as we have some of their information in our files too. I had a reply from her at 4pm, with an email signature saying she was happy to receive correspondence in English or Welsh. She may have received an email in Welsh, thanking her for her prompt reply, explaining that I’m a Welsh learner and asking if she’d be able to help me with some specific technical vocabulary I’ll need if I want to start having the conversations I’m currently having in English in Welsh. It was the first ever email I've sent in Welsh, so fingers crossed for a reply!