Family Engagement Project

StreetGames’ Family Engagement Project (FEP) aims to engage with families who are inactive, isolated or who have challenging circumstances which may impact on their health and wellbeing.

Managed by StreetGames and funded by the Welsh Government’s Healthy and Active Fund (HAF), the Family Engagement Project is working across seven Local Authorities in South Wales with a range of partners to offer physical activity, provide support and build community and family cohesion, driven by local need. The aim of the project is to increase opportunities to be active together as a family locally, supporting both physical and mental health.

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

Working across Torfaen, Blaenau Gwent, Newport, Bridgend, Merthyr Tydfil, Cardiff and Caerphilly, families have been engaging with weekly sessions, at home activity packs, wellbeing days and locally led walking clubs, all guided by local need and local decision making.

Case Studies

Blaenau Gwent

In Blaenau Gwent, Aneurin Leisure Trust acts as a facilitator for the Family Engagement Project and works with a range of local partners, including Ty Calon Housing Association, Youth Services, Arts and Sports Centres and Valleys Gymnastics Academy. This joined up approach aims to create a more streamlined project.


In Bridgend, the Family Engagement Project is focussing on vulnerable children, including looked-after children, those who are differently able and those who are young carers. The project is led by staff from within the prevention and wellbeing service and involves a joined-up response, working with colleagues in social services, children’s services and residential unit settings.


Since January 2020, a partnership between lead organisation Valleys Gymnastics Academy (VGA) and Upper Rhymney Primary School has established the Family Engagement Project in Caerphilly. Ideas for project activities are always suggested by the communities, and as far as possible, their suggestions are put into practice by the project staff.


The Family Engagement Project in Cardiff began in February 2020. ‘Family Fun’ is about families taking part in activities together, with an emphasis on the ‘fun’ element rather than promoting a physical activity message. Partnership working has been a key element of the offer, with community organisations with close ties to the local population helping to raise the visibility of the project and the level of trust in it.

Healthy Blaenavon

Healthy Blaenavon’s Family Engagement Project started in January 2020 with the introduction of the Healthy Blaenavon Officer’s ‘Family Club’, open to any local family interested in being healthy and active. These sessions continue to be well attended, with a variety of different activities on offer including basketball, tennis, street golf, dance, dance ribbons, rounders and running.

Merthyr Tydfil

Merthyr Tydfil’s Family Engagement Project began in September 2020 and is coordinated by Merthyr Tydfil Housing Association. The aim is to deliver family interventions that meet the needs of tenants and to ensure there is connectivity between existing services and that vulnerable families are able to access the support offered.


In Newport, County in the Community and Newport Live have been engaging with families through links with two primary schools. Both organisations have different connections, skill sets and the ability to connect families to different kinds of opportunities that might appeal to them, with pop up sports activities, sport in the park events and a broad range of health and wellbeing opportunities on offer.

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