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Menter Iaith Maldwyn

Welcome

 

 

Who are we?

Menter Iaith Maldwyn is a local organisation - one of  24 language initiatives covering the whole of Wales. 
This vibrant organisation works with people and  children of all ages across Montgomeryshire. 
Our aim is to give advice and support to individuals,  organisations and businesses in the area, as well
as organising activities to raise the profile of the Welsh  Language.

What can we offer...  
CHILDREN AND YOUNG  PEOPLE?

Menter Maldwyn works closely with its partners to offer opportunities for young people to use the Welsh Language outside the classroom.
We run a variety of different events, workshops, youth and after  school clubs.  We also work closely with schools in the area organising projects 
and events to enhance their use of the Welsh language both in and  outside the school.

What can we offer...  
CHILDREN AND YOUNG  PEOPLE? 

Menter Maldwyn works closely with its partners to offer opportunities for young people to use the Welsh Language outside the classroom.
We run a variety of different events, workshops, youth and after  school clubs.  We also work closely with schools in the area organising projects 
and events to enhance their use of the Welsh language both in and  outside the school.

What can we offer...
FAMILIES? 

• Events and workshops designed to promote the Welsh language  
• Opportunities for families to use the language socially  
• Advice for parents on raising their children bilingually 
• Information about Welsh medium     education  
• Advice and information for  individuals who want to learn /  are learning Welsh  
• Opportunities for Welsh learners  to use the language outside the  classroom 

What can we offer to...                
COMMUNITIES?

Menter Iaith Maldwyn also work closely  with the following local organisations  and committees to promote use of  the Welsh Language in Montgomeryshire.  
• Fforwm Iaith Maldwyn 
• Mudiad Meithrin
• Twf

• Yr Urdd 
• CFFI / YFC
• Ysgolion Cynradd ac Uwchradd
• Cymdeithas Adloniant Tanat 
• Cymdeithas Adloniant Llanfair Caereinion
• Cymdeithas Gymreig Caersws
• Merched y Wawr
• Coleg Powys 
• Cynllun Gweithredu Iaith Bro Ddyfi
• Cymunedau yn Gyntaf 
• Papurau Bro Maldwyn

Menter Maldwyn can also offer  the following services:

Translation service and Simultaneous Translation equipment for community groups and organisations  

Ff/T 01686 610010 

e: post@mentermaldwyn.org 

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Twitter: @MenterMaldwyn
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Mwynder Maldwyn

The linguistic and sociological nature of Montgomeryshire is very varied. In fact, Montgomeryshire / Powys can be compared to Wales on a smaller scale. In the western communities, Welsh continues to be a community language, whilst in the rest of Montgomeryshire, the Welsh language is starting to recover ground thanks to the efforts of schools, tutors and enthusiastic volunteers. Recently Menter Maldwyn has started to establish Area Working Groups in order to empower these communities in the context of Menter Maldwyn’s work in their locality. To date, two working committees have been established – one in Dyffryn Tanat with the name 'Cymdeithas Adloniant Tanat' [Tanat Entertainment Society] who are very busy arranging various evenings of entertainment in their area. The other is in the Llanfair Caereinion area, under the name of ‘CwmNi’ [a play on the words “Our Valley” but which also means “Company” in Welsh], whose first event will take place in February 2007.


The State of the Language in Montgomeryshire

According to the 2001 Census, 23.8% of the population of Montgomeryshire (total: 13,677) speak Welsh. Machynlleth is the town with the highest percentage of Welsh speakers - 1,124 (i.e. 54.2% of its population). It could be said that Machynlleth, with this majority, is the heart of Welsh society in Montgomeryshire. But there are also very strong Welsh communities in the north west of the county in communities such as Cadfarch 62.5%, Glantwymyn 58.4%, Llanbrynmair 53.8%, Llanrhaeadr Ym Mochnant 54.8%, Llangynog 49.5%, Penybontfawr 56.3%, Llanfihangel 64.3%, Banwy 61.7% and Llanerfyl 58.1% which all have a high percentage of Welsh speakers, and here the social enthusiasm is seen at its best. There appears to be an increase in the number of young people speaking the language. The growth in enthusiasm towards the Welsh Language is also evident from the opening of the first Welsh medium Primary School in Montgomeryshire - Ysgol Dafydd Llwyd in Newtown – which opened in September 2001.

English is the prevalent language in the Severn Valley and in the eastern communities of Montgomeryshire in North Powys. Despite this, the number of Welsh speakers in these areas has been increasing steadily, and especially in the larger towns where they now constitute fairly substantial minorities, which are themselves continuing to grow in numbers. One example of this is the 1,543 Welsh speakers in Newtown, which, although this only represents 15% of the town’s population, is actually a greater number than the 1,124 Welsh speakers in Machynlleth, which represents 54% of that town’s total population.

2001 Census – Welsh Speakers

Town

Population

Number of Welsh Speakers

% of Welsh Speakers

Llanfair Caereinion

1563

603

38.6%

Llanfyllin

1369

540

39.4%

Llanidloes

2730

484

17.7%

Machynlleth

2074

1124

54.2%

Welshpool

6030

835

13.8%

Newtown

10313

1543

15.0%

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Contact Details

Menter Iaith Maldwyn
Y Groes
Stryd Lydan
Y Drenewydd
Powys
SY16 2BB

E-mail:- post@mentermaldwyn.org
Phone:- 01686 610 010
Mobile- 07805843726

 

 

Staff

Chief Officer– Mererid Haf
E-mailmererid@mentermaldwyn.org

Development Officer - Rhianon Hywel Jones
E-mail- rhianon@mentermaldwyn.org

Youth Officer- Dylan Penri
E-mail - dylan@mentermaldwyn.org
Phone: 01686 610010

 

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