Family Information in Carmarthenshire

Beaches are perfect for family days out, and here in Carmarthenshire we have some of the most glorious sandy beaches in Europe. We also have the National Botanic Garden of Wales, where the dome is home to an exotic array of plants from around the world, and surrounded by lakes, cascades and woodlands. But what services are available to your family across the county, and how can you find out about them? If you’re in Carmarthenshire and you need family info, we’ll point you in the right direction on these pages.

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Local key services

Carmarthenshire Family Information Service

For help with:

Childcare / Information / Money / Parenting / Things To Do

We provide free, bilingual and impartial advice and guidance in Carmarthenshire on a wide range of childcare options, activities for children and family related issues.

Carmarthenshire Flying Start

For help with:

Childcare / Education / Health

Flying Start service is a Welsh Government funded programme, which provides intensive support services to 0-3 year old children and their families who live in certain areas within Carmarthenshire.

Carmarthenshire Families First

For help with:

Employment / Disability / Early Years / Health / Education / Emotional & Mental Health

Families First helps support families, children and young people up to 25 years living in Carmarthenshire with employment, health and well-being.

Carmarthenshire Supporting People Programme

For help with:

Additional Needs / Disability / Health and Well-being / Homelessness / Housing

Supporting People brings together a range of services to help you maintain your independence and also provides housing support in your home.

Local area

Local Information & useful links

Money

Carmarthenshire.gov.wales: Money Matters

Find information and advice to help you on benefits, debt, money management, heating your home, accessing services, residential & nursing care charges, non-residential care charges, and more.

Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB): Local Search

Your local Citizens Advice Bureau offers practical, up-to-date information and advice for anyone on a wide range of topics including debt, benefits, housing, legal, discrimination, employment, immigration, consumer and more.

Money Advice Service

Free and impartial advice, guides, support, tools and calculators to help you on a wide range of money issues.

Gov.uk: Benefits (Index)

Browse all the benefits information and help pages written by and kept up-to-date by the UK Government.

Shelter Cymru

Free, specialist, independent and confidential advice in Wales on a wide range of debts. Find your nearest face-to-face advisers here

Health & Well-being

Hywel Dda UHB (Homepage)

All the information and news that you need about health-related services in your area.

Hywel Dda University Health Board (UHB) – Directory

Find your local dentists, GP surgeries, opticians, pharmacies and hospitals.

NHS Direct Wales: Local Services Search – Health, Wellbeing & Support

Search tool to find information on your local and national health, wellbeing and support organisations.

Hywel Dda UHB: Mental Health

If you’re worried about your mental health or the mental health of someone to whom you’re close, find here where you can turn for information, advice and support.

Carmarthenshire.gov.wales: Health & Wellbeing

Find information, advice and support services to help you with smoking, diet, keeping warm, emotional health and domestic abuse.

Carmarthenshire Family Information Service: Health & Well-being

Find comprehensive information about health and wellbeing for your family in Carmarthenshire here.

Parenting & Family Advice

Carmarthenshire and Pembs FNF Both Parents Matter Cymru: Face-To-Face Support Meetings

Free face-to-face information, support and advice to parents and grandparents to help them fulfil their responsibilities to, maintain direct contact with and develop meaningful relationships with their children and grandchildren.

Family Lives (0808 800 2222)

Family Lives offers a confidential and free helpline service (previously known as Parentline). Call on 0808 800 2222 for information, advice, guidance and support on any aspect of parenting and family life, including bullying.

Gingerbread

Support and practical advice for single parents.

Grandparents Association (0845 434 9585)

Advice, information and support for grandparents, including those with full-time care of their grandchildren, those who’ve lost contact with them, and more. Services include a website, a general helpline, a welfare benefits helpline, support groups and factsheets.

National Childbirth Trust (NCT): West Wales Branch

A network of local parents in Ceredigion, Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire offering practical and emotional support, information and friendship, including antenatal classes and postnatal groups. Note: You can also ask your midwife, health visitor or GP about antenatal classes.

Childcare

Family Information Service (FIS) Carmarthenshire – Childcare Search

Search for childcare near to you (search by type, area, language or postcode) and find free, bilingual, impartial advice and guidance on a wide range of childcare options.

Flying Start: Carmarthenshire

Free, quality, part-time childcare for 2-3-year-olds in certain areas.

Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales (CSSIW)

The CSSIW is responsible for inspecting social care and social services in Wales, including childminders, nurseries, homes for older people, and more. Find the care service and/or inspection report you want here.

Carmarthenshire.gov.wales: School Admissions/Transfers

Find information on and the forms to apply for nursery and primary school places for your child(ren) in Carmarthenshire here.

Education & Schools

Carmarthenshire.gov.wales: Education & Schools (Index)

Apply for a school place and find information on adult learning, school term dates, school transport, school meals, emergency school closures, and more.

iLocal: Find a School

Find your nearest school. Search the whole county or enter a postcode and an address.

Sir Gâr 50+ Carmarthenshire: Learning

50+ Carmarthenshire is the website for residents of Carmarthenshire who are 50+. Follow this link to find adult education courses and classes to suit you, as well information on the student support available to you, and more.

Estyn Inspection Report Search: Carmarthenshire

Estyn inspects quality and standards in education and training providers in Wales. Find Estyn’s latest reports on all education and training providers in Carmarthenshire.

Housing

Carmarthenshire.gov.wales: Housing (Index)

Find all information, advice and support from Carmarthenshire council here, including on affordable housing, council housing register, energy efficiency, repairing your house and paying your rent.

Carmarthenshire Housing Options

Find information on rented and affordable accommodation in Carmarthenshire, as well as advice and support to help you decide on the best option available to you.

Shelter Cymru (0845 075 5005)

Free specialist, independent and confidential legal advice and housing support.

Council/Housing Association Register

Carmarthenshire council and its partner housing associations run a joint housing register, so you only have to register once if you want to be considered for either type of housing. Find more information here.

Carmarthenshire.gov.wales: Homelessness

If you are homeless, or threatened with becoming homeless, your council has a legal duty to help you. Find out how to get information, advice and options here.

Additional Needs & Disability

Carmarthenshire.gov.wales: Additional Support Needs (Index)

Find information and support services available to adults over 18 in Carmarthenshire that could help with dementia, drugs and alcohol, sight/hearing loss, mental health, physical disability, learning disability and autism.

Carmarthenshire.gov.wales: Learning Disability

If you have a learning disability, this page will let you know about day opportunities and employment opportunities that are available to you, Short Breaks, support at home, and more. It also has some useful links to other services.

Mencap: Wales Learning Disability helpline (0808 808 1111)

Free, bilingual helpline that offers information and advice about learning disabilities. Operated by Mencap, a UK-wide learning disability support and campaign charity.

Snap Cymru: Guide To Choosing a Local Authority Maintained School

Information and advice on finding, choosing and applying for a school place that meets your child’s additional learning needs.

Families First in Carmarthenshire: Disability (children and young people)

Services for children and young people 0-25 years old, including: specialist parenting support, help for children to attend their local nursery, and specialist activity groups in the holidays.

Government: Supporting a child with additional needs

If you care for a child with a disability, here’s information on financial support and benefits, home adaptions, after school clubs and holiday schemes and parenting help.

Local Activities & Events

Carmarthenshire.gov.wales: Leisure & Outdoor Activities

Find information on sport & leisure centres, outdoor adventure, country parks, coastal park/beaches, public ‘Rights of Way’, and more.

Carmarthenshire.gov.wales: Social & Leisure Activities

Many useful links to help you find ideas for activities that you can get involved with.

Discovering Carmarthenshire

Find out about local attractions, events, activities, walking routes, special offers, and more.

Family Days Out near to Carmarthen (dayoutwiththekids.co.uk)

A simple and fun website to find somewhere to take the kids for a great family day out. Contains information on attractions, a section on baby facilities in each attraction and some of the most common questions answered by those who actually run the attractions.

Young People – Carmarthenshire Directory of Activities

“The website aims to dispel any myths that there is nothing for young people to do in Carmarthenshire.” It contains “all the possible activities that are available to you – from belly dancing to volunteering”.

Top Things to Do in Carmarthenshire (tripadvisor.co.uk)

List of, reviews on and advice about the top things to do in Carmarthenshire, mostly provided by users.

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