What is Cardiff Health, Social Care and Wellbeing Network?

Established in 1999, the Network is a collective group of over 200 members who work in health and social care in Cardiff.

The Network:

  • Presents a collective voice from the third sector, and facilitates and encourages involvement in joint planning groups;
  • Influences local, regional and national policy by responding to consultations;
  • Co-ordinates and maintains communication channels between the voluntary and statutory sector;
  • Identifies gaps in provision;
  • Responds to unmet needs;
  • Campaigns/lobbies for better services.

Membership of the Network is open to individuals working in third sector organisations whose area of benefit is Cardiff. This can include national or regional voluntary organisations' projects or offices if they are based in Cardiff.


Events and meetings

Cardiff Health, Social Care and Wellbeing Network meetings

The next Cardiff Health, Social Care and Wellbeing Network will be at 9.30am on Thursday 6 September 2018 in the Harbour Room at Baltic House.  The Institute of Public Care (IPC) at Oxford Brookes University will be attending the meeting to engage with the third sector on behalf of the Cardiff and Vale Area Planning Board as it begins to develop a new strategy for substance misuse services across Cardiff and the Vale.  Good substance misuse services are not only vital to health and wellbeing, but also in tackling other problems, such as crime, poverty and family breakdown.  They would like to discuss 4 key questions:

  1. What are the big substance use/misuse issues at the moment, and are things changing?
  2. What services are available and how do you find out about them to get help and support?
  3. What is your experience of how services work at present? What helps and what hinders?
  4. How do people move through the system, towards recovery? What helps people to keep going and what makes it difficult?

There will also be an opportunity to provide any other comments including any specific crossover with your services and/or service users.  The meeting is being opened up to the Vale Health, Social Care and Wellbeing Network and to the Cardiff and Vale Mental Health Forum.  To book your place at the meeting on the 6 September please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


"Keeping people well": Moving More, Eating Well - Creating a Healthy Weight Framework for Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan: Together we have already made really good progress across Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan, in keeping people healthy and well, through our wellbeing plans, our Area Plans and our organisational plans, but we have much more to do if we want to be the best in Wales, the UK and to be an exemplar of good practice internationally.  One of our challenges is how we can encourage and support people to achieve a healthy weight, creating healthy opportunities and environments around food and physical activity. It is a key part of well-being, right from pre-birth, through to teenage years, adulthood and older age. Unhealthy weight is becoming the norm. We want to set the challenge of how we can collectively do all that we can to create change across our organisations and teams in delivering action on healthy weight.

Come and help us to get that right, be part of our conversation to get our joint actions for the next 4-5 years!

Cardiff Workshop Tuesday 12th March 2019 at 1pm for the Cardiff workshop. The venue for this workshop is Star Hub, Muirton Road, Splott, Cardiff CF24 2SJ.   To reserve your place, please contact Deborah Page on: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 02921 832125.

The dates for the Cardiff Health, Social Care and Wellbeing Network meetings for 2018/19 are:

- 9.30am Wednesday, 5 December 2018 - Harbour Room, Baltic House – Maria Battle, Chair of the UHB confirmed for the meeting.
- 9.30am Tuesday, 5 March 2019 - Harbour Room, Baltic House

If there are any agenda items you would like to be discussed at any future network meetings, please let This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. know.  Suggestions received already include: Cooperation and collaboration; How to influence the political process; What ACE reports will mean in practice; Disguised disability discrimination in employment and lack of employment opportunities and support for people with disabilities in Wales; Welsh Language/Context and Active Offer Principle; Risk Assessment; and the Impact of the EU referendum.

Briefing from the July 2018 Network meeting is now available

Notes and papers from the previous meeting

The NHS at 70: Celebrating 70 years of the NHS

Cardiff and Vale UHB are working with other Health Boards across Wales and its partners to mark this major milestone and are encouraging everyone to get involved by telling their stories about their involvement with the NHS and highlighting innovation and clinical excellence that has taken place during the past 70 years – from healthcare partners, charities and patient groups amongst others.  For more information please visit the UHB website.

Briefings following external events and meetings

The Health and Social Care Facilitators attend a range of different meetings and events, following some of these they produce briefings for the third sector.

Social Services and Wellbeing (Wales) Act 2014

Analysis of C3SC Consultation responses:

A-Z Carers' Directory   Updated in 2018Carers Directory 2016 updated version

In January 2010, the ‘Carers Strategies (Wales) Measure 2010’ came into force and places a duty on all health boards to create a Carers’ Information and Communication Strategy that will demonstrate how they will support carers.
Joint work was undertaken by Cardiff and the Vale University Health Board (UHB) in developing their strategy, in partnership with local authorities, C3SC, VCVS and the third sector. The strategy has now been submitted to Welsh Government for approval.
The working group has maintained its structure in order to deliver key pieces of work that will offer benefits to carers. This includes a Cardiff and Vale Carers’ Handbook, training and learning resources for staff from statutory agencies and the third sector, and the Cardiff and Vale A-Z Carers’ Directory.

This Directory offers a collated reference book of third sector and statutory services that carers can access for support.

If you are a carer or a carer service provider and would like to contact the Cardiff and Vale Health Board, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

To request copies of the Carers' Directory, please email Sarah Capstick at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or you can download a PDF of the directory here.




  • ADHD Cardiff runs weekly parent and carer support sessions on Thursdays from 6-8pm, and a monthly parent and carer support group session on the last Friday of every month from 2-3pm. For more info, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Accessible cinema: A recent partnership between Innovate and Barry Memorial Hall has developed that provides easy access and supportive atmosphere for people to watch a film. This Cine Venture Club runs every 2 weeks - £5 per head (people can buy hot dogs and popcorn). More information can be accessed www.innovate-trust.org.uk

Funding opportunities

  • Moneysavingexpert.com - Building and Developing Resilience: Projects should focus on: Mental health, Well-being, Cook Well for Less, Training Others, Independent Living Skills, Peer Mentoring. Apply between 1st September 2018 - 28th September 2018.
  • Care and Wellbeing Fund: The £12 million investment fund focuses on community-based provision, integrated health and social care services, and prevention and wellbeing approaches. It is looking to invest in ventures that are structured as social enterprises – either as CICs or limited companies - and that tackle the challenges faced by those with long-term health conditions. There is no formal application process or set funding rounds.
  • Funding opportunity: The Dunhill Medical Trust.

More funding opportunities



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To find out more:

To find out how you can become a member of the Cardiff Health, Social Care and Wellbeing Network, or for any other information, please contact Sarah Capstick by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or calling her on (029) 2048 5722.