The Mentrau Iaith
The aim of the Mentrau Iaith is supporting and promoting the Welsh language across Wales.
The Mentrau Iaith
The first Menter Iaith was established in the Gwendraeth Valley in 1991, and in the years that followed, volunteers from other communities across Wales came together to form their own Mentrau. Today, there are 22 Mentrau Iaith which serve each and every part of Wales.
The Mentrau Iaith are the way in which local communities work together for the benefit of the Welsh language. They have proven to be an effective community development model whose work makes a real difference to local communities.
The work of each Menter Iaith is managed by voluntary management committees and each Menter works with a variety of other partnership organisations locally.
The first Menter Iaith was formed in the Gwendraeth Valley, a quarter of a century ago, in 1991, following calls from local communities to strengthen Welsh community activity.
Shortly thereafter, we found the establishment of a number of new Mentrau Iaith across Wales, as community-based organizations.
In the initial years, the first Mentrau Iaith aided other areas to set up their own Mentrau, by sharing information and experiences among staff and volunteers. In 1999, Mentrau Iaith Cymru was established as a national body to support the local Mentrau, and to ensure a platform to share good practice and to discuss at a national level.
There are now 22 Mentrau Iaith, which serve all parts of Wales, as well as two Menter that operate as projects in specific areas (Bangor and Patagonia). The Mentrau Iaith are community organizations, which operate from the ground with a model unique to Wales that has drawn attention from all over the world.Sefydlwyd y Fenter Iaith gyntaf yng Nghwm Gwendraeth, chwarter canrif yn ôl, yn 1991, yn dilyn galwadau gan gymunedau’r ardal leol am gryfhau’r gweithgarwch cymunedol Cymraeg.