Mentrau Iaith Cymru

Mentrau Iaith Cymru

The Mentrau Iaith (Language Initiatives) are dynamic, voluntary, community organisations that promote the use of Welsh throughout Wales and Mentrau Iaith Cymru supports their work on a national level to increase the use of Welsh in our communities.

Mentrau Iaith Cymru (MIC) is the national organisation which supports the work of 22 local Mentrau Iaith across Wales.

MIC supports the network of Mentrau Iaith through a wide range of activities and service areas, including marketing and communication, training and influencing for the benefit of the Welsh language and Welsh speakers.  The principle of sharing – information, resources, experiences and ideas – is central to our work.

We also develop regional and national projects in partnership with the Mentrau Iaith and other organisations.  Go to the news page to learn more.

Supporting the Mentrau Iaith …

Supporting the Mentrau Iaith, their staff and their committees is at the heart of our work. We do this by:

  • Provideing opportunities to network, share information, ideas and collaborate through a variety of meetings, conferences and training opportunities
  • Influencing for the benefit of the Welsh language by responding to public consultations on behalf of the Mentrau Iaith
  • Developing regional and national projects, such as Magi Ann Apps Project and the Welsh Medium Labor Market Scheme
  • Providing support and guidance to the Mentrau Iaith on various issues, including internal policy, staffing, research and development opportunities in the field of language planning.

Further details of some of our activities can be found below.

Conferences…

MIC organises two annual conferences for the Mentrau officers. One conference is held for the Chief Officers and Chairs of the various Mentrau Iaith, and a conference for all Mentrau Iaith staff.

We also organise Field Officer meetings regionally three times a year.

Digwyddiad Cenedlaethol MIC

The conferences provide Mentrau officers with the opportunity to network, learn, share information, experiences and good practice.

Training…

Swyddogion maes y deSwyddogion maes y gogledd

An annual training program is arranged by MIC for the Mentrau officers. From child protection to management and leadership, from language planning to community development – the program is current and meets the diverse training needs of the Mentrau and supports them to achieve their objectives.

We use the experience and skills of experienced officers to facilitate training where appropriate, and the remainder are a mix of collaborations with partners to develop relevant programs or using Welsh speaking training providers.

Marketing…

A National Marketing Strategy is developed with the aim of raising awareness of the Mentrau’s work and promoting projects that promote Welsh throughout Wales.

We work closely with the Welsh Government and other partners to develop and support marketing campaigns that promote the Welsh language through our Marketing Group .

A central part of the MIC marketing activity is our presence at the National Eisteddfodau. In addition, we host stalls in conferences and festivals all over Wales.

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for an update on the Mentrau’s work and other exciting projects that support and promote the Welsh language.

A Brief History…

Early Years of the Mentrau: 1991-1999

The first Menter Iaith was established in the Gwendraeth Valley in 1991.  By 1998 there were five Mentrau, namely Cwm Gwendraeth, Aman Tawe, Taf Elai, Maldwyn and Môn.  Following the success of these Mentrau, demand grew within other communities across Wales to establish their own local Mentrau. During this period the Mentrau actively shared information, experience and advice across Wales in order to help the development of new Mentrau.

Mentrau Iaith Cymru: 1999-2004

Mentrau Iaith Cymru was established in 1999 by the network of Mentrau Iaith, having recognised the need for regular meetings, networking opportunities and sharing of information, experience and good practice, as well as giving the Mentrau a collective profile and national platform.

During this period, local Mentrau staff and volunteers worked tirelessly to establish and develop MIC as a national organisation.

2004 – 2012

MIC recruited its Development Officer as the first member of staff in 2004 who undertook important work to develop MIC as a national body to support the network of Mentrau Iaith across Wales.  The main duties included organising a programme of regular meetings and events, research into funding opportunities, strengthening communication and sharing of information between the Mentrau, as well as acting as a main point of contact between the Mentrau and other partners in order to facilitate collaboration and sharing of good practice.

A number of national projects were developed during this period, including the Battle of the Bands in partnership with the BBC, Menter Patagonia to promote the Welsh language in Argentina and mentoring schemes between the Mentrau to share ideas, experience and information.

By 2012 there were 23 Mentrau Iaith and the network of Mentrau now served each and every part of Wales.

2012 – Present

In 2012 MIC attracted grant funding from Welsh Government, resulting in the recruitment of a National Coordinator to join the Development Officer to further support the network of Mentrau Iaith.  This resulted in MIC’s work developing further, undertaking new projects to support the Mentrau including training, conferences, more activities to influence policy makers, research and greater representation within national networks and strategic groups as well as increased marketing activities.

In January 2015 the Mentrau Iaith succeeded in attracting further financial support from Welsh Government which allowed MIC to develop its team further, recruiting a Training Officer and Marketing Officer.

The team of four officers now work closely with the local Mentrau, MIC’s Executive Committee, and a range of partnership organisations to provide MIC’s highest ever level of service and support to the Mentrau, and as an organisation we are constantly looking to expand and develop our services for the Mentrau and for the benefit of the Welsh language.

Meet the Team

  • Iwan Hywel
    Iwan Hywel

    Mentrau Iaith Cymru, Y Sgwâr, Llanrwst, Conwy, LL26 0LG 01492 643401

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    Iwan Hywel

    Training Officer

    Likes? Rugby, Football, wildlife and any sort of pie

    Dislikes? Heights, egg custard and modern technology.

    Biggest pleasures? Raising 3 little rascals and working supporting the Welsh language.

    Biggest challenges? Raising 3 little rascals and working supporting the Welsh language.

  • Marged Rhys
    Marged Rhys

    Mentrau Iaith Cymru, Y Sgwâr, Llanrwst, Conwy, LL26 0LG 01492 643401

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    Marged Rhys

    Development Officer

    Likes? Music, going for walks, learning new technologies, camping

    Dislikes? Sitting in cityt traffic, the smell of bananas in the car, people talking during films (even if it’s in Welsh!)

    Biggest pleasures? Going for a walk along the Menai in Caernarfon on a sunny day.

    Biggest challenges? Finding the time to do everything, and still have enough left to relax.

  • Heledd ap Gwynfor
    Heledd ap Gwynfor

    Mentrau Iaith Cymru, Yr Atom, 18 Heol y Brenin, Caerfyrddin, Sir Gaerfyrddin, SA31 1BN

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    Heledd ap Gwynfor

    Development Officer

    Likes? Travelling – home and abroad, languages, music of ALL kinds, mountaineering, cooking, choral singing, films, photography, reading

    Dislikes? apathy

    Biggest pleasures? Playing on Llansteffan beach with son

    Biggest challenges? Raising a family; getting everyone to use the Welsh language of course!

    Likes? Travelling – home and abroad, languages, music of ALL kinds, mountaineering, cooking, choral singing, films, photography, reading

    Dislikes? apathy

    Biggest pleasures? Playing on Llansteffan beach with son

    Biggest challenges? Raising a family; getting everyone to use the Welsh language of course!

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