Unpaid Carers: Funding for activities

Free activities and support for unpaid and young carers

Caring for those you love can be the most natural thing in the world, but that doesn’t mean you don’t need support.

If you provide care for a friend or family member, you may be an unpaid carer or a young carer.

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, Cardiff Council and Vale of Glamorgan Council are committed to supporting you.

We have made funding available for carers to access a range of enjoyable activities and support from a short break to a trip on a sail boat. You can find the contact information below.

Grants are limited, so please let the organisations you are interested in know as soon as possible. To find out more, please contact the organisations listed directly.

If you need other support or advice, please contact:

Young Carers

Vale Young Carers [email protected]

Cardiff Young Carers [email protected] or call 02920 464463

Unpaid Carers

The Care Collective

[email protected] or call 02921 921024

What’s on Offer 

Forget-me-not Chorus

Are you looking for a group to support you as you face the challenges of dementia? Join our community.

Contact [email protected] or call 02922 362064

Llanrumney Hall

Creative short breaks, designed to suit you

Contact [email protected] or call 02920 001441

Headway Cardiff & South East Wales

Monthly get togethers, trips and meals out for family supporting people with acquired brain injury living in South Wales providing an opportunity to meet others, have a break away from the everyday routine and time for themselves.

Contact [email protected] or call 029 20577707

Care Collective

Grants to help unpaid carers have a break. There are a range of grants available on our website www.thecarecollective.wales.

Contact [email protected] or call 02921 921024

Celtic Capability

Do you want a new exhilarating experience? Celtic Capability is offering sailing sessions with expert tuition for carers and the chance to join the wider sailing community.

Contact [email protected] or call 07907 197 957

YMCA Cardiff

A variety of options to suit young carers and their families including family breaks and other fun activities.


Vale Young Carers [email protected]

Cardiff Young Carers [email protected]

Call 02920 464463

Lioness Community Project

Lioness Community Projects can support you in several ways within your local community, including assisting you to take part or fund any of the following:

  • Weekend break or a trip away from home (e.g,. visit a museum)
  • Entertainment package such as a TV, cinema and streaming subscriptions (e.g,. Netflix, Prime Video, NOW TV)
  • Concert/festival/theatre/match/event tickets
  • Leisure centre memberships, personal sports equipment, Spa days (e.g,. gym, swimming, sports clubs)
  • Driving lessons, rail cards, bus passes (e.g,. iff card, travel cards)
  • Training and courses (e.g. First Aid, Manual Handling)

Contact [email protected] or call 07956 407217.

Racerunning Dragons

A chance for children and young people with disabilities to try racerunning using a bike with three-wheeled frame, a saddle, body support and most notably, no pedals.

Contact [email protected] or call 07803770962.

Welcome Spaces

Meet new friends and have fun doing a range of community activities in a comfortable space for carers close to your home.

Contact [email protected] or call 07961 653274

Cardiff and Vale Parents Federation

The Federation is run by parents, for parents, and offers a wide range of social activities for families caring for a relative with a learning disability.

Contact [email protected] or call 029 2056 5917

With Music in Mind

With Music In Mind is an award winning CIC that promotes the use of music and the arts to improve wellbeing. They will be running activity sessions in the Western Vale for carers and your loved one.

Contact [email protected] or call 07500 776295.

Butetown Community Centre

Pursue a hobby or leisure activity whilst your loved one is looked after at the centre and provided with a nutritious meal. You can choose to take a break alone or together.

Call 029 2048 7658 or email [email protected]

Carers Club @ CAER Heritage Centre

The Carers Club is a peer support group for unpaid carers in the Ely/Caerau area, where you can chat with others on a similar caring journey, without judgment but lots of empathy. We meet every Tuesday at the CAER Heritage Centre (Church Road, Caerau). We will be hosting a series of short break activities over the coming months, including a spa day, bowling and a meal out.

Contact ACE on 02920 003132 and ask for Rachel or a member of the wellbeing team.

Our Priorities


We want every child in Cardiff and Vale to have the opportunity to thrive. Our work focuses on children in vulnerable situations and the services that support them.


We know how hard it can be to find help when people need it the most. We want to make sure there is community support to help people stay as healthy as possible so they can carry on doing the things that matter most to them.


As a Partnership we have worked together with people with a learning disability, their families, carers and the third and independent sector to produce a clear direction for the planning and delivery of adult learning disability services across the region over the next five years.

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