Helpful Resources for Active Families, Active Lives
The Active Families, Active Lives (AFAL) team have put together a list of resources to help families eat well, move and play and enjoy emotional wellbeing in Cardiff and the Vale.
Eating Well for Families
Updated “Change4life” to support you and your family with eating better and moving more with a range of recipes and activity ideas.
Aim is to ensure everyone in Wales has the skills, opportunity and confidence to access the food they need for good health.
An early year’s programme funded by the Welsh government. Flying Start supports parents with a child under 4 years old by providing health advice, learning skills support and practical ideas to help them guide their children towards a brighter future.
The programme is supported by a dedicated Nutrition and Dietetics Team using a variety of evidence-based community initiatives.
Movement and Play
Being active is one of the most important things we can do to support our health and wellbeing. Children and young people should engage in at least 1 hour (60 minutes) of activity a day across the week. This can include all forms of activity from P.E, after-school activities, playing, sport clubs and walking to and from school.
Activities for Children
- Simon Says
Make suggestions such as “Simon says…jump up and down 5 times; do 5 jumping jacks; crawl across the room; march on the spot”
- Indoor or outdoor obstacle course
Use household items to create a fun course – ask your child to design one for you.
- “Floor is Lava”
Use pillow or mats scattered across the room
- Dancing competition / musical bumps / musical statues
- “Roll the dice” Agree on 4-6 different moves e.g. jumping jacks, hopping, jumping, squats and write on paper then place in hat. Pull out a piece of paper, roll the dice and then complete the same number of moves as the dice roll.
- Indoor / outdoor treasure hunt
Leave clues in different upstairs rooms of the house – your child has to go up / down stairs to find clues and bring them back each time.
- Don’t let the balloon touch the floor
Bat a balloon back and forth and don’t let it touch the floor.
- Quick game of tag in the garden
- Animal walks
Ask your child to move to music as different animals e.g. jump like a frog / kangaroo, slither like a snake, stomp like an elephant etc
- Blow bubbles and your child has to pop them
- Parachute game
Get a large sheet and get 2/3 others to hold the sheet and parachute it up and down while you take it in turns to run underneath
A PLAY WALES campaign that aims to help parents and carers give children time, space and support to play at home and in their local communities.
Click here to view the Physical Activity Guidelines for Children and Young People.
An educational resource with free videos with follow along dance routines and music.
Click here for the Learning Station website.
A range of resources that encourages and supports the development of health and self-discovery for both children and adults! A variety of videos and printable resources that can be found online.
Age: 6-18 years old.
Location: Barry RFC, CF62 9TH
Examples of activities:
- All girls Islanders Female Rugby Hub
- Reservoir Youth Club
A multi-sport group that provides multi-sport or specific sport sessions for children, young people and adults through the medium of Welsh and England. Ran by highly trained and DBS-checked coaches.
Price: £3.50 per session or £6 for 2 consecutive sessions
Age: Varies from 4 to 11 years old.
Grangetown pavilion, CF11 7LJ and Maes Y Coed Community Centre CF14 4PP
Activities for the Whole Family
The Active for Life website is designed to support children find fun and engaging ways to hit the recommended daily amount of physical activity.
Free tips and activities available on website or via newsletter that parents/guardians can sign up too.
Click here to view the Physical Activity Guidelines for Adults and Older Adults.
Programme for those 16 years old or above and must be referred by a healthcare professional.
- Price: £2.00 per session (1 hour session)
- Length: 4-32 weeks depending on referral reason.
- Contact: Ask your healthcare professional
Follow along videos that can be done at home.
A variety of resources to help you with your activity levels.
This movement aims to inspire individuals and organisations to make positive lifestyle changes, creating a social movement for improved health and wellbeing throughout Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan.
An award-winning social enterprise with a 15-year track record in supporting people to bring positive changes in their lives through meaningful outdoor activity.
Age: All ages
Location: Across Swansea, Cardiff and The Vale of Glamorgan
Activities for families in Cardiff
The “Sport Hub Cardiff” is an online resource for those living in Cardiff to search for local sport clubs and more. The website has a wide variety of hints and tips for being more active in day-to-day life and a range of local activities that are accessible.
Resource that promotes the rich variety of open air events, places and activities that the city of Cardiff has to offer in outdoor spaces.
Aiming to bring young people into close contact with the natural environment to build an interest in the world around them.
Age: variety of events suitable for all age groups.
The Global Gardens Project is about bringing communities together through gardening and food.
Age: All ages (including specific child-friendly activities).
Location: Based at Flaxland Allotments, just off Whitchurch Road, CF14 3NY.
Activities for families in the Vale of Glamorgan
Vale of Glamorgan have compiled these activity cards and resources to download for free to support local families in being healthy, active and have fun!
Activities for children with disabilities and additional needs
- Click here to view the Physical Activity Guidelines for Disabled Children and Disabled Young People.
- Click here to view the Physical Activity Guidelines for Disabled Adults.
A Cardiff Council run scheme enabling disabled children and young people aged 5-14 years to enjoy play in their local community.
The service hosts story-telling, music and movement workshops inclusive for all ages and abilities for those with disabilities across South Wales and online via Zoom.
Play sessions run every Saturday for children with complex disabilities and medical needs. The scheme uses highly qualified and skilled community nursing staff to facilitate play in safe, clean and sterile environments.
The Primary Mental Health Team meet with young people (under 18 years) and their families to help with a range of difficulties including stress, anxiety and low mood.
Contact: 02920 536 795
Click here for the Stepiau website for primary mental health service for adults.
This service provides specialist Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health services to children and Young people under the age of 18 in Cardiff and Vale of Glamorgan. The service is made up of different professionals who offer friendly and non-judgemental support to all, focusing on listening, talking and working together to find out what might help.
The service supports the staff and young people in mainstream schools across Cardiff and the Vale.
Cardiff third sector council is the country voluntary council for Cardiff. They provide specialist advice, support, and information to local third sector organisations.
- A wide range of networks:
- Children, young people and families
- Health, Social care and Wellbeing
- Sustainable Education
- Safer and Cohesive Communities
- Learning and Enterprise Network
Resources for Children and Young People
A helpline service for children and young people up to the age of 25 years. Open 8am to midnight, 7 days a week. You can contact the team by phone, text message, or via online chat. The service is free and confidential.
The UK’s leading charity for everyone’s mental health. The charity takes a public mental health approach to prevention, finding solutions for individuals, those at risk and for society, in order to improve everyone’s mental wellbeing. Providing practical help to survive, recover and prevent mental health problems.
Non-profit organisation originating from Cardiff, that raises awareness of self-harm and depression in young people. They have a range of self-help and guided tools to support young people.
Click here to go to the Head Above the Waves website.
For young people and parents with practical tips and advice for young people, as well as information on accessing support.
Resource for parents
These links are being provided for information purposes only; they do not constitute an endorsement or an approval by the Active Families, Active Lives Service of any of the products, services or opinions of the organisation or individuals. AFAL has no association with the organisations and bears no responsibility for the accuracy, legality or content of the external site or for that of subsequent links.
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Access to the AFAL service is through referral. A healthcare professional can contact the team to request a referral form.
Self-referral is also accepted and encouraged. Please use the contact details above to request the form.