What is a Menter Iaith?

‘Mentrau Iaith’ are local organisations who support communities to increase and expand the use of the Welsh language. Menter Iaith operate in one county usually, encouraging local enthusiasm to use more of the Welsh language.

Menter Iaith advise and support individuals, organisations and businesses and deliver activities and services given the demand to raise the profile and use of the language.

Menter Iaith RCT

We promote, co-ordinate and deliver Welsh language activities and services across Rhondda Cynon Taf. Through our work we increase opportunities for people of all ages to use the Welsh language naturally, ensure that other public bodies give an equal status to the language and that businesses and services realise the benefits of the language and act upon their responsibilities.

We are a central contact for other Welsh and community oeganisations in the county and we work in partnership with them. Through our work, we hope to ensure that the Welsh language has equal rights and is fairly used in Rhondda Cynon Taf.

We have an ambitious aim:

“That the Welsh language belongs to all of us in Rhondda Cynon Taf and is a living language in our communities.”

Officers

Einir Siôn

Chief-Executive
einir@menteriaith.cymru
07974010291

Catrin Reynolds

Family and community activities officer
catrinreynolds@menteriaith.cymru
07500878286

Angharad Evans

Children Services Manager
angharadevans@menteriaith.cymru
01443 407570 / 07500 878290

Laurie Brown

Accounts manager
cyllid@menteriaith.cymru
01443 407570

Rhys Thomas

Welsh in Business Officer
rhysthomas@mentrauiaith.cymru
079290348286

Jack Griffiths

Older youth officer
jack@menteriaith.cymru
01443 407570 / 07534 128700

Harriet John

Play Scheme Officer
harrietjohn@menteriaith.cymru
01443 407570

Glenys Jones

Administrative officer
carco@menteriaith.cymru
01443 407570

History

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 Pontypridd town centre and employ 8 members of staff with over 40 others working as part of the children’s services team.

How to find us

By Car Post Code: CF37 1QJ

Leave the A470

Follow the signs into Pontypridd town centre

*Please note

The road outside the office is closed to traffic between the hours of 11am and 3pm

You cannot park on this road but you can unload with permission

We kindly ask that you park in one of the carparks nearby
Sardis Rd Carpark
Catherine St NCP
Ty Pennant Carpark, Mill St

By Bus

Pontypridd bus station,
Morgan Street,
Pontypridd,
CF37 2DS

On the Train

We are opposite the main entrance of Pontypridd train station

(At the top of High Street)

On Foot

We are at the top end of High Street, Pontypridd. Opposite the main entrance of Pontypridd train station.

Above the Italian restaurant 'Trattoria'

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