In the beginning...
Menter Iaith Rhondda Cynon Taf was established in 1992 following a report by a community group set up to support the 1991 Eisteddfod yr Urdd Taf Elai.
Their first task was to collect funds to start delivering activities for children and young people. The fundraising continued after the Eisteddfod and guaranteed a solid foundation to start developing.
Menter recieved a grant from the Welsh office and appointed a development officer in 1993.
The Menter Iaith office opened at the Tŷ Model, Llantrisant and quickly developed to provide a range of activities including, holiday play schemes, and clubs for children and young people including snooker, drama and football. They organised the first Raligamps at Ynysangharad Park Pontypridd in 1993 and that grew to become the big Welsh festival ‘Parti Ponty’ by 1998.
Today, Menter Iaith RHCT has an office in Porth town centre and employ 8 members of staff with over 40 others working as part of the children’s services team.