communities first

Latest news articles about Communities First

From March 2017 many of the Communities First programmes that take place in BRG will be reduced or no longer exist.  This is due to the Welsh Government needing to make budget cuts across Wales.

Read the latest articles:

BBC NewsCommunities First shake-up concerns help-groups

BBC News “Communities First areas in limbo, think tank warns”.

Cardiff UniversityCommunities First creates a lifeline for many

Wales OnlinePhasing out Communities First could have a devastating effect on people in Wales

What’s your experience?

Have you learnt English through an ESOL class?  Have you found work through doing a course such as childcare, construction, food hygiene, sewing?  Have your children attended a homework club or summer activities? Have you met new people through ‘Chat’ and ‘FAN’ groups or been involved in cooking, gardening or volunteering projects?

Whatever your experience, the Welsh Government want to hear what YOU think about Communities First.

Please complete this questionnaire. and have a say in the future of Communities First.

To find out more about cuts to Communities First, read the Cabinet Minister for Communities and Children full announcement: “New approach needed to build resilient communities” – Carl Sargeant


Walk for Health

Cardiff Walking Festival 2013

Butetown, Riverside & Grangetown Taff Trail Walk

Wed 8th May

Our “Old is Gold” group took part in a “Walk for Health” yesterday with “Outdoor Cardiff” The group walked from South Riverside Community Development Centre (SRCDC) to Pedal Power, Pedal powerPontcanna, along the Taff Trail.

Outdoor Cardiff promotes a rich variety of open air events, places and activities that the city has to offer.

If you would like to take part in a “Walk for Health” please get in touch. You can also have a look at Outdoor Cardiff’s website to see what they have coming up. There portal provides links to a wide range of web sites, allowing residents and visitors to discover what outdoor opportunities are on offer in the city and its surroundings.

“Walking is simple, free and one of the easiest ways to get more active, lose weight and become healthier” (NHS). The benefits of walking are huge, not to mention enjoyable. If you would like to read more about the benefits of walking take a look at the NHS website here.

Walk for health


Walking the dog! This is beneficial for both you and your dog. Cardiff City has some great parks where dogs are welcome. Just remember to be a responsible dog owner! Read more about responsible dog ownership here with Keep Wales TidyWalk for health

If you don’t have a dog of your own you can become a volunteer with a rescue center such as Cardiff Dogs Home. Read more about volunteering with Friends of Cardiff Dogs Home here

If you would like to take part in walking activities in the future or would just like to find out more and have a chat with your Communities First Health Team give us a call on 029 20340975 and ask for Tony, Lucy or Rebecca.

A Healthy Lifestyle

A healthy lifestyle is the best medicine

The Butetown, Riverside & Grangetown Communities First Team (BRG) will be working with residents and local community groups to help address factors that contribute to ill health in our locality. Improved health and wellbeing is a priority for national and local government but the positive outcomes of changes in health care and related services often have less [positive] impact within the city’s less well off households. For example experiences of:

  • Limiting and chronic health conditions;
  • a lower take up of health checks an;
  • non participation in or low levels of exercise or physical activity;
  • a higher than average incidence of ill-mental health


BRG Communities First Launch Event

BRG Launch EventAre you currently looking for work or considering a new career? Maybe you would like to improve your skills and take up training? Or do you need help with your CV? Our Community Engagement  Event is for you!

BRG Communities First (Butetown, Riverside & Grangetown) will be launching the new programme with this Community Engagement Event Thursday 28th March at Channel View Leisure Centre.

This will give you, the community, an opportunity to express your views and be involved in the future of your community on issues relating to Education, Health and Employment.
Download the poster here

Whether you want to find out more about your child’s education, volunteering opportunities or training, or just come along, meet the team and have some lunch, you will be very welcome and we would like to hear from you.

There is even an opportunity to take part in a competition designing our new logo.

Please bring the children as there will be plenty for them to do. We have a play-zone for the older children and also a creche for under 5’s, free of charge.

We hope to see you there!