A new 30-month engagement project aims to support families across South Wales to live healthier and more active lives.

Managed by StreetGames and funded by the Welsh Government’s Healthy and Active Fund (HAF), the project is working across 7 regions in South Wales, working with a range of partners to offer physical activity, provide support and build community and family cohesion, driven by local need.

Targeted to families who are inactive, isolated or who have challenging circumstances which may impact on their health and wellbeing, the project will work alongside local community sports organisations to increase physical activity and develop positive habits to improve long term health and wellbeing.

The work will be delivered by 7 local community organisations with long-standing track records of delivering multi-sport activities and supporting children and young people in their local neighbourhoods. It is being coordinated by the national sports charity StreetGames, who have also sourced activity packs through partnerships with major sporting organisations including the WRU, LTA and Badminton Wales.

The full list of organisations taking part in the Family Engagement Project are:

Valleys Gymnastics Academy, Caerphilly

Blaenavon Town Council, Torfaen

Newport Live Leisure Trust

Newport ‘County in the Community’

Bridgend Local Authority’s Sport Development team

Merthyr Tydfil Housing Association

Sport Cardiff

Aneurin Leisure Trust, Blaenau Gwent

 

Leigh Williams, Family Engagement Project Manager from StreetGames, said:

Over the course of many conversations with local projects, it became clear that too many families have been struggling with their health and wellbeing and the stresses and restrictions of lockdown have only made things worse.

Sadly, many young people living in poverty, who are less active, also face the challenge of living with family members who are completely inactive. This programme will help bring families together and give them the support they need to get together, get active and live fuller, healthier lives.”