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Additional Health and Wellbeing Support

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  • Give it Time
    Free practical tips and expert advice for all your parenting challenges.

    Helpline Support
  • Family Lives
    Offers a confidential and free helpline service for families in Wales on any aspect of parenting and family life. To speak to someone call 0808 800 2222 or visit Parenting and Family Support - Family Lives (Parentline Plus) to access the live chat.
  • Parent Talk Cymru (Action For Children)
    Offers a free and confidential live chat with a parenting coach available in English and Welsh.
  • Applying for Healthy Start – Get help to buy food and milk
    If you're receiving a qualifying benefit and are pregnant or have parental responsibility for at least one child under the age of 4, you can apply online now for the NHS Healthy Start card (opens in a new tab).
  • Valleys Steps | Free Mindfulness and Stress Control Courses
    Free open access/self-referral community based self-help courses including: Stress control: The course aims to help people understand the causes of stress and how to manage its symptoms; Mindfulness: This course is based on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) with some meditation (sessions are walk in/self-referral); Other courses include: 5 ways to well-being, sleep, take time out, panic and anxiety, managing difficult thoughts.
    Email: / Telephone: 01443 803048
  • Welcome To Exchange Counselling (Merthyr)
    Provide psychological support for children and young people in primary and secondary school.
    Telephone: 03302 02 0283
  • Food Pantries, Food Banks and Help with Cost of Living
    With the cost of living on the rise and outgoings seeming more difficult if you need support why not link in with your local foodbank, pantry or wellbeing coordinator?
    Did you know? Wellbeing Coordinators will work with you to support you with what matters most. Access to low-cost healthy food, services to support wellbeing or keeping active.
    Give them a call for a free helpful chat and find out what is within your local area to help you.
    Merthyr Tydfil:
    For information, advice, and easy access to services for those affected by alcohol and substance misuse patients across CTM.
    Telephone: 0300 333 0000
  • Help Me Quit | Stop Smoking Services In Wales
    Offer a range of services such as free group sessions, 1-2-1 support, telephone support and pharmacy support. You can self-refer or with verbal permission you can refer an individual via e-referral. There are 49 pharmacies across CTM delivering 1-2-1 cessation support.
  • Immunisation and Vaccines
    Public Health Wales where you will find the checklist of the vaccines which are routinely offered to everyone in the UK for free on the NHS, and the ages which they should ideally be given.
  • Natural Resources Wales / Nature play and family fun
    Play is one of the main ways in which children develop and learn. To help families, child carers, playworkers and education groups to make the most of the Wales’ natural environment, Nature Resources Wales have compiled some activity ideas, tips and tricks to help keep children engaged and build their connection to nature.
  • Cyfarthfa Park & Castle (Merthyr Tydfil)
    Set in 160 acres of parkland with spectacular views across the valley and to the Brecon Beacons, Cyfarthfa Park provides a great day out for the whole family, come rain or shine!
  • Merthyr Park Run
    Always open to families, Merthyr Park Run welcomes everyone to walk, run, jog, whatever you feel like doing. There is a tail walker who will always be last and no one is left behind. Families can walk the 3 mile or some part of route.
  • Get Help - The Trussell Trust
    Help through Hardship can help address your crisis and provide support to maximise your income, help you navigate the benefits system, and identify any additional grants you could be entitled to. If needed, they’ll issue you with a voucher so you can get an emergency food parcel from your local food bank.
    Contact Number: 0808 208 2138 (Open Monday to Friday, 9am–5pm. Closed on public holidays.)
  • Dads Matter Cymru
    Dad Matters Cymru is here to support dads have positive parenting experiences with their children during pregnancy and up to two years of age, supporting them with anxiety, stress and mental health issues.
    Contact Number: 07470563829
  • Merthyr Tydfil Family Information Service
    The Family Information Service (FIS) provides free advice and information on a wide range of childcare options and activities for children aged 0-19, their families and carers. This includes information on Day Nurseries, Registered childminders, out of school clubs, Pre-school playgroups and parent and toddler groups. We also provide help and advice on paying for childcare and working in childcare.
  • STEP Merthyr Tydfil
    Gives advice, tips, information and guidance on various aspects of your child's development.

  • Early Help Hub Merthyr
    The Early Help Hub can support you and your family to access the right support at the right time. We provide advice, information, and support around:
  • Housing
  • Finance
  • Education
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Parenting
  • Community Activities
  • Childcare and Play
  • For more information, please contact the Early Help Hub on 01685 725000 or
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  • Get help with the cost of living
    If you don’t have enough money to live on, you might be able to get help to afford essentials like bills and food. This includes the Household Support Fund and cost of living payments.
  • Every Child – Newborn to Age 2 Resource Links
    This webpage provides you with information for your child from birth until the age of 2 years of age.
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