What is a Menter Iaith?
Every Menter (plural: Mentrau) Iaith is different, just as every area served by Mentrau Iaith is different, but some of the core activities are common to them all. Every Menter Iaith works to:
- promote the use of the Welsh language as a natural social medium
- promote the Welsh language as a visual medium (on posters, signs, etc.)
- promote the Welsh language as a language of business
- encourage families to pass the Welsh language on from one generation to the next
- generally raise awareness of the benefits of being bilingual
All the Mentrau Iaith of Wales are funded partly by the Welsh Government and partly from other sources. Every Menter Iaith is a voluntary body with a membership and steering committees. Some Mentrau are registered charities and some are also companies limited by guarantee.
Menter Iaith Sir Ddinbych
Our aims, as stated in our constitution, are to:
- normalise the use of the Welsh language in all aspects of life in Denbighshire
- make sure that there are opportunities and encouragement for incomers to learn Welsh, and for the people of Denbighshire to develop their knowledge and use of the language
- make sure that all of the county's social, economic, cultural and educational activities become fully bilingual.
These are long term objectives, and we cannot achieve them overnight, but they do set a clear agenda, and the Menter's mid-term aims are based on them.
At the moment, we are working to:
- increasing the number of children and young people using Welsh naturally and confidently outside school
- increase the number of children being brought up bilingually, either by encouraging more Welsh speaking parents to pass on the language to their children, or by encouraging non-Welsh speaking parents to choose Welsh-medium education for their children
- raising awareness of the Welsh lnaguage and culture, and increasing the number of opportunities to use the language in the community
Find out more about Menter Iaith Sir Ddinbych.