Barnardo's Cymru - Cadarn services


National Organisation Registered Charity No. 216250

Summary of aims & objectives:

Cadarn provides targeted interventions for children young people and families in Cardiff in respect of their emotional health and wellbeing. The package comprises 14 services which provide a range of targeted support interventions with the aim of helping to improve the emotional and mental health of children and young people and support their families.

Delivery of this Families First funded package is led and co-ordinated by Barnardo's Cymru, working in partnership with other providers from the Local Authority and other voluntary organisations who work collaboratively under the banner of "Cadarn".

Barnardo’s directly manages and delivers 4 of these services.


Cardiff Child and Family Bereavement Service:

  • A partnership with the Cardiff and Vale University Health Board providing a therapeutic service for families where there is child under the age of 18 years who has experienced a significant bereavement that is impacting on their emotional health and wellbeing and the family’s ability to function together.
  • The service also facilitates a loss and bereavement awareness raising programme for young people in schools.

The bereavement service operates a dedicated telephone advice line every Tuesday morning between 9.15 and 12.15 on 029 20567323.

Bounce Back:

  • An active listening service operating in High Schools in Cardiff aimed at young people in year 10 and 11 who are at risk of disengaging from education, training and employment opportunities and not reaching their full potential.
  • Pupils are offered one to one sessions focused on finding solutions to issues, developing their strengths and promoting their emotional resilience.
  • The team also delivers PSE sessions and emotional wellbeing events throughout the city in partnership with other agencies and organisations.

Free 2 Bee:

  • Offers emotional health and wellbeing intervention for asylum seeker and refugee children and young people living in Cardiff aged between 7-25 years.
  • Uses therapeutic activities to support young people in considering their present, past and future to explore emotions and make sense of their personal identity.
  • Engages with the whole family and gives parents/carers an opportunity to learn new skills and techniques through the Parent Nurture Programme.


  • 1 to 1, therapeutic group work, social activities and mentoring for young people with a mental health diagnosis in transition between statutory health services (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) and Adolescent Mental Health Services (AMHS)).
  • Structured intervention focuses on accessing employment, education and training opportunities whilst managing physical, psychological and social functioning.
  • Support for families.
  • Young people aged 16-25 who are accessing AMHS are eligible to receive a service.


Referral route varies depending on the service, but most can be accessed by self-referral.


87A Grand Avenue, Ely

Tel: 029 2057 7674

Last Updated: June 2017
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