Information for Families in Bridgend

Welcome to FamilyPoint Bridgend – your complete guide to family information in Bridgend.

If you live in Bridgend, Maesteg, Porthcawl or anywhere else in the county of Bridgend, this is your page to find information for your family.

Here you will find everything from essential contacts to the latest news, the key local services for families in Bridgend (Family Information Service, Communities First, Families First, Flying Start, and Supporting People) and, if you scroll right down, loads of links to local info and useful things such as money, health, housing, things to do and much more.

So if you’re a parent or carer or have responsibility for a child, live in Bridgend and want some information, we’ll point you in the right direction on this page.

 

Essential Contacts

Please see links for call charges.

Foodbank

101 – police non-emergency

NHS Direct Wales (0845 46 47)

National Debtline (0808 808 4000)

Live Fear Free Helpline (0808 80 10 800)

Meic Cymru (0808 80 23456) (Text: 84001)

Bridgend County Borough Council (01656 643 643)

Bridgend Family Information Service (01656 643 643)

 

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Family Information Service Bridgend

Bridgend Family Information Service

For help with:

Childcare / Information / Money / Parenting / Things to Do

Family Information Service Bridgend (FIS) is a free, confidential and impartial service offering information, advice and guidance on different services relating to children, young people and their families.

Communities First Bridgend

Bridgend Communities First

For help with:

Adult Education/ Employment / Health and Well-being / Money

Communities First Bridgend works to support communities. Communities First teams work with local community groups and individuals, schools, businesses and anyone else who can help in any way to create positive change in their area.

Flying Start Bridgend

Bridgend Flying Start

For help with:

Childcare / Health and well-being / Parenting Support / Speech, Language and Communication Support

Flying Start is a Welsh Government programme which aims to make a difference to the life chances of children aged under four and give them a ‘flying start’.

Families First Bridgend

Bridgend Families First

For help with:

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

Families First provides basic and additional needs support to families with children, living within Bridgend County.

Help is provided around six key areas: Family Learning & Engagement, Parenting Support, Childcare, Family Support, Physical and Emotional Wellbeing, and Disability Support

Supporting People Bridgend

Bridgend Supporting People Programme

For help with:

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

If you live in Bridgend and are aged over 16 years old and are struggling to keep your home, at risk of losing your job, need to move or need help managing your finances – the Supporting People Team could offer you support.

 

Local area

Local Information & useful links

Money

  • Communities First – Prosperous communities (Homepage)
    Includes useful information on coping financially in your community, with links to services that could help you, including: Money Advice Service, Bridgend Employment Skills Project, debt management, Jobs Growth Wales, job search, and much more.
  • Bridgend.gov.uk: Advice & Benefits (Index)
    Find information, advice and support on benefits, financial inclusion, council tax, emergencies, grants, and much more.
  • Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB): Bridgend
    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.
  • 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.
  • Bridgend Lifesavers Credit Union
    Providing a wide range of practical and affordable financial services for everyone in Bridgend.
  • Turn2us
    Turn2us helps people in financial need gain access to welfare benefits, charitable grants and other financial help. Help available in Bridgend can be found here.

Health & Well-being

Parenting & Family Advice

  • Family Information Service – Helpful Publications
    Includes PDFs and guides to help you and your family get through the day. (Scroll down to view.)
  • Families First Programmes: Bridgend (Directory)
    Families First provides basic and additional needs support to families with children, where at least one child in that family is experiencing poverty or is in danger of falling into poverty.
  • Vale & Valleys NCT (National Childbirth Trust)
    A network of local parents 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.
  • Home-Start Bridgend
    Free help, friendship, advice or support to any family with a child under eleven years old, usually by volunteer parents/carers. A family may need support for many reasons including post-natal illness, disability, bereavement, or social isolation.
  • Bridgend 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.
  • Grandparents Association
    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.

Childcare

Education & Schools

  • Bridgend.gov.uk: Education and learning (Index)
    Find out about schools and colleges, adult and community education, childcare, extra-curricular activities, grants, learning centres, libraries, parental support, pre-schools, training and development, and more.
  • Bridgend.gov.uk: Schools and colleges (Index)
    Find out about school admissions, assessment, transport, term dates, clothing grants and vouchers, catering, free school meals, musical instrument hire, road safety, and much more.
  • Estyn Inspection Report Search: Bridgend County Borough Council
    Estyn inspects quality and standards in education and training providers in Wales. Find Estyn’s reports on all education and training providers in the Bridgend County Borough Council area.
  • Bridgend.gov.uk: Adult Community Learning
    The Bridgend Adult Community Learning partnership brings together the providers offering community learning across Bridgend County Borough. All of the information for courses for the entire partnership can be seen here.

Housing

  • Bridgend.gov.uk: Housing (Index)
    Information on housing associations and co-ops, housing benefit, council tax, housing finance, grants and benefits, private housing, homelessness and prevention, adapting homes, supported and sheltered housing, and much more.
  • Bridgend Housing Options
    Key website to help you choose the most suitable housing option available to you. It provides information about social renting (housing associations), private renting, older persons housing and affordable housing in Bridgend County Borough, as well as a (social housing) waiting time calculator.
  • Supporting People Programme in Bridgend
    Housing advice and signposting to other specialist housing and financial services – to help vulnerable people live as independently as possible in their own homes or housing.
  • Directory of Supporting People Funded Services (Download)
    Details of agencies offering advice and assistance on all aspects of housing in Bridgend County Borough. It’s a Word document, so you will have to download it.
  • The Welsh Housing Advice Guide
    This step-by-step guide provides a range of information in relation to housing, including housing options, housing benefits, debt and the housing waiting list.

Additional Needs & Disability

Local Activities & Events

  • Bridgend.gov.uk: Leisure & Culture (Index)
    Find out about leisure and culture in Blaenau Gwent, including sports, clubs, centres, libraries, extra-curricular activities, parks and open spaces, fitness, arts and entertainment, tourism, countryside, and more.
  • Bridgend.gov.uk: What’s on
    Search for a very wide range of events in Bridgend County Borough, by type of event, venue, local area and/or date.
  • Family Days Out near to Bridgend
    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.
  • Top Things to Do in Bridgend (tripadvisor.co.uk)
    List of, reviews on and advice about the top things to do in Bridgend, mostly provided by users.
  • Bridgend Bites (Homepage)
    Events, activities, attractions and tourism details, provided in bite-sized chunks by Bridgend County Borough Council.
  • All events in Bridgend (thebestof.co.uk)
    Keep updated with what’s going on in your area, by an award-winning website covering 300 local areas across the UK.
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