Young Wales Well-being

Emotional well-being and mental health has always been one of Young Wales’ priorities. Identified as a key priority by local youth forums, mental health and emotional well-being continues to be raised as an issue by young people. Young Wales. This theme feeds in to the Together for Children and Young People programme.




Cyfle Cymru

What is Cyfle Cymru?

Cyfle Cymru is a service which helps people with substance misuse issues and/or mental health conditions who are in recovery or are towards the end of their treatment programme into work, education or training.

The project has been funded for an initial 2 years by the European Social Fund and is delivered by members of DACW (Developing a Caring Wales) in North Wales, Gwent, Dyfed, Western Bay and Powys.

Cyfle Cymru provides the support needed to find the right job, training opportunity or qualifications.

It offers:
  • one-to-one guidance from a peer mentor who can draw on their own experience of substance misuse, recovery and/or mental health conditions.
  • specialist employment support, including volunteering opportunities, and help and advice on how to search and apply for jobs. 

Who is eligible?

The service can support individuals towards and into work if they:
  • are aged 16 to 24 and not in employment, education or training
  • are aged 25 or over and long-term unemployed or economically inactive
  • live in North Wales, Gwent, Dyfed, Western Bay or Powys
  • are in recovery from substance misuse and/or mental health issues
Definition of long-term unemployed

An individual who has been unemployed for more than 12 months and has one or more of the complex barriers below:
  • mental health and/or substance misuse issues
  • low or no skills
  • have care or child care responsibilities
  • are from a jobless household
  • have a work limiting health condition or disability
  • from a BME background
Definition of economically inactive

A person who is currently not part of the labour force (in the sense that they are not employed or unemployed) or in education or training, is aged 25 or over, and has one of the complex barriers listed below:
  • mental health and/or substance misuse issues
  • low or no skills
  • have care or child care responsibilities
  • are from a job less household
  • have a work limiting health condition or disability
  • from a BME background
Please note: individuals must have either a substance misuse issue and/or mental health issues


The outcomes for the project are as follows:
  • completion of a non-accredited course
  • gaining a qualification or work relevant certificate
  • entering employment including self-employment
  • engaged in job search upon leaving
  • increasing employability through completing work experience placement or volunteering opportunity
  • entering further learning
  • in employment 6 months after leaving
Get in touch

If you would like to refer to the project or would like further information, please contact us on the details below:

0300 777 2256
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Download the poster here.
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Live Fear Free

Young Wales has linked up with Live Fear Free to develop a leaflet aimed at raising awareness amongst young people about Healthy Relationships, as part of the Welsh Government Live Fear Free campaign.
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The leaflet contains links to videos that have been developed to help you understand some of the issues around domestic abuse and healthy relationships. You can check these out here:



We’d love to hear your views on the videos so please get in touch with your comments.

Welsh Government have also produced a series of posters aimed at raising awareness of domestic abuse amongst young people – take a look at these here too!

For more information on the live fear free campaign, vist: livefearfree.gov.wales where you will also find advice for those suffering with domestic abuse, sexual violence and other forms of abuse.

If you think you know someone suffering from domestic abuse, or are a victim yourself, call the Live Fear Free helpline on 0808 80 10 800. This is a free 24-hour confidential helpline.

Watch this space for more information on Cymru Ifanc’s work on Healthy Relationships!

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Young Wales Question Time event

In October 217, Young Wales held a Question Time event in Cardiff, giving young people the chance to ask a panel, including the Cabinet Secretary for Education and the Children's Commissioner for Wales, questions about the issues that mattered to them.

You can see our video from the event below:


And a shorter version here:


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