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Healthy and Active Fund – success for Play Wales and partners


Seventeen projects across Wales have been awarded funding through the new Healthy and Active Fund (HAF). The successful projects will aim to improve mental and physical health by supporting healthy and active lifestyles across Wales.

HAF is delivered by Welsh Government, Sport Wales and Public Health Wales. The first phase of the HAF will provide £5.4m of financial support, over three years (April 2019 to March 2022), to projects that strengthen and develop community assets.

Announcing the funding, Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism, Dafydd Elis-Thomas said:

‘Each of these projects will contribute to the strengthening of community assets and enabling people to adopt healthier lifestyles. When we launched the Healthy & Active Fund last July it was with the message that the benefits to our mental and physical health of healthy and active lifestyles are clear. These projects show new, innovative approaches to supporting people of all ages and backgrounds.’

Play Wales’ ‘Community Play Ambassadors’ is one of the 17 projects that will benefit from the HAF.

Play Wales says

Play Wales is delighted to receive funding from the Healthy and Active Fund to implement a new and exciting Community Play Ambassadors Project across Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan. 

The project will include working with local people to establish Play Action Groups to identify ways to sustain regular play opportunities. It will also support young people to become ‘play ambassadors’ through training, qualifications and placements in playwork settings, enabling them to facilitate neighbourhood-based interventions.

To implement the project, Play Wales will work in partnership with support and expertise from:

  • Addysg Oedolion Cymru | Adult Learning Wales
  • Cardiff Children’s Play Services
  • Cardiff and Vale University Health Board/Public Health Wales Local Public Health team
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  • Vale of Glamorgan Sport and Play Development team.


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