What is a Menter Iaith?
A Menter (pl. Mentrau) Iaith, or language initiative, is a local organisation which offers support to communities to increase and develop their use of the Welsh language. A Menter Iaith usually services a whole county, and it reflects the wish of local people to make more use of the language. A Menter will offer advice and assistance to individuals, organisations and businesses, and will organise activities to raise the profile of the Welsh language.
You will find information about Welsh and bilingual services and provision in your area, and how to find it. This is the one-stop-shop for the Welsh language in your area!
By now there is a network of Mentrau Iaith across Wales, and it’s very likely there is a Menter in your area. Take a look at the map to find your local Menter.
What do the Mentrau Iaith do?
Your Menter will offer you practical advice and help which is often free of charge. Each Menter offers a variety of services, depending on local requirements, such as –
- to new parents on raising their children bilingually
- to public and voluntary organisations on how to increase their use of Welsh
- to businesses eager to begin to offer a bilingual service to their customers
- On Welsh medium education
- social and leisure opportunities for children and young people to use their Welsh
- opportunities for Welsh learners to use their Welsh outside the classroom
- undertaking short translation work or putting you in touch with a translator
- working in partnership with local organisations to offer social activities