Training that aims to increase knowledge, skills and awareness of the key messages and local approaches relating to moving more and eating well, can be of benefit both trained individuals as well as the staff, partners and communities they work with.  Up-skilling the workforce and the community contributes to an overall increase in the capacity and opportunities to motivate and support individuals and organisations to make informed choices as part of their approach to moving more and eat well.

Our plan includes:

  • Deliver nutrition training and cooking courses in our communities
  • Deliver physical activity training for community members
  • Deliver Making Every Contact Count training

How can you deliver Nutrition Skills for Life in areas of high need?

NUTRITION SKILLS FOR LIFE TM is an all Wales programme of quality assured nutrition skills training and initiatives developed and co-ordinated by dietitians working in the NHS. The programme aims to support a wide range of community workers to promote healthy eating and incorporate food and nutrition skills into their work. The programme aims to train those who work closely with, and understand the needs of local people, to support communities across Wales to learn more about healthy eating.

Once you have completed the appropriate training, including the Level 2 Community Food and Nutrition Skills Course, the Public Health Dietetic team can support you to deliver Nutrition Skills for Life courses to the communities you work with. This can include the delivery of Community Food and Nutrition Skills (Level 1), Get Cooking – Cooking for Health, and Foodwise for Life which is a weight management programme for those that are above a healthy weight.

Visit the website for further information.

Contact the Cardiff and Vale Public Health Dietetic Team.
Phone: 02920 907 699

What will you do to increase physical activity training opportunities for community members?

Sport Cardiff provide a suite of physical activity training opportunities for school pupils and community members. Please see below for information regarding the courses currently available. For the latest training opportunities please visit their website.

People undertaking a qualification in Sports Leadership will learn and demonstrate important life skills such as effective communication and organisation, whilst learning to lead basic physical activities for children and young people, adults and older people within school settings and the community.

The courses involve both guided & peer-to-peer learning and supervised leadership to ensure that learners have all the skills they need to lead basic physical activities to other people.


Level 1 Qualification in Sports Leadership (SL1)
Level 2 Qualification in Community Sports Leadership (CSL2)
Level 3 Qualification in Sports Leadership (SL3)

An introduction into leadership for pupils or students aged nine and over. The award is designed for use in a variety of education settings as a 6 hour course and focuses on developing learner’s leadership skills; including communicate effectively with others, organise people and things and work as part of a team.

The workshop is delivered/facilitated to ensure that disabled people get great quality provision, are appropriately planned for, and that the range of opportunity within the local authority reflects the needs of the community.  The content focuses upon how practitioners can support clubs, coaches, volunteers and colleagues to provide inclusive opportunities (whether this be in an impairment specific environment, or one where disabled and non-disabled people are involved with the same activity in the same place at the same time), plan appropriately (so that the provision of opportunities for disabled people is seen as everyone’s job), and think about what is needed for the local communities.

The information included, is provided to help you to understand autism and ways in which individuals can support children and adults with the condition to access provision. The workshop raises awareness of autism and the everyday experiences of autistic people, the practices for supporting the individual and how to adapt your environment or communication styles.

The course teaches adults how to provide Mental Health First Aid to friends, families and co-workers.

Mental Health First Aid is the help provided to a person who is developing a mental health problem, experiencing a worsening of an existing mental health problem, or in a mental health crisis. The first aid is given until the appropriate professional help is received or the crisis resolves

The learner, will gain improved knowledge of mental illnesses and their interventions, knowledge of appropriate first aid strategies, and confidence in helping individuals experiencing a mental health problem. Topics covered include, developing mental health problems and mental health crises.

The programme of education and training equips individuals, groups and organisations with the knowledge and skills to better understand suicide and suicide prevention. Through presentations, tutorials and training products PAPYRUS support communities to become suicide safer.

SP-EAK or SP-OT training, focuses upon the ‘signs’ that may indicate someone is having thoughts of suicide, as well as a focus around the safety of the individual and acknowledging a wider support network.

The workshop explores how community sport can be used as an engagement tool to address social exclusion, anti-social behaviour and community tension and build stronger communities.

Learners will identify the characteristics of ‘hard to reach’ young people and how to effectively engage with them. They are shown how to recognise the causes and triggers of anti-social behaviour and they explore the development of tools and skills that enable young people to take ownership of their issues and effectively manage challenging behaviour.

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE’s) are not a modern phenomenon, with children having always demonstrated the effects of ACE’s. There has been a significant investment in recent times, given the distressing long-term outcomes, associated with ACE’s. ACE’s themselves connect multiple organisations, sectors, cross-cutting agendas and policies; with a major importance within sport, community safety, education and health.

The ACE training informs and develops the knowledge of organisations and workforces, including the impact of ACE’s, behaviours and developing resilient people. Youth Work and Sport involve multiple factors that contribute towards positive experiences for children and young people; as well as being key environments that are referred to, within this course.

The Young Ambassador programme work with young people to become leaders through sport, to help encourage their inactive peers to become hooked on sport. There are over 2,800 active Young Ambassadors in schools, colleges and Universities across Wales. There is a pathway from Bronze (Primary School) through to Higher Education Young Ambassadors. For more information contact

Cardiff: Email
Vale: Email
Visit the Youth Sport Trust website

The Healthy Living Team within the Vale of Glamorgan Council lead on the development of the Vale Sport & Physical Activity plan, and work with a range of partners to create new and further develop existing activities for residents of all ages. This helps to work towards the Vale’s vision of creating ‘more active communities for a healthier future’ and the vision for Sport in Wales where everyone can have a lifetime enjoyment of sport. To find out more about their projects or discuss a project you would like to develop please contact

Facebook: @valesportsplay
Twitter: @valesportsteam
Instagram: @valesportsteam1
YouTube: Vale Healthy Living Team

How can you enhance the roll out of Making Every Contact Count e-learning?

What is Making Every Contact Count?

Making Every Contact Count (MECC) is about helping people to improve their health and wellbeing by giving them the tools to make healthy lifestyle choices like giving up smoking, eating more healthily and doing more exercise. The principle of MECC is simple. It’s not about adding to your workload. Rather, it recognises the fact that staff in the health, public and voluntary sectors have hundreds of contacts with the public every day and we have the ability to use those contacts to help change people’s behaviours for the better. MECC conversations could be about several different healthy lifestyle topics including healthy eating and physical activity, as well as alcohol, immunisation, smoking and mental wellbeing.

To find out more about MECC visit the website

Or contact the local MECC link person for Cardiff and Vale University Health Board: Elin Evans.

Phone: 02921 836 505

There is a free, level 1 MECC e-learning course available that includes case studies and videos. It offers practical advice on how to carry out opportunistic chats, signpost to other services and encourage people to make positive steps towards making a lifestyle change. You can access the e-learning here.

You could get the rest of your team or organisation to do the same – the more people that are able to have MECC conversations the better!

How will you support the creation of a Train the Trainer approach for Making Every Contact Count?

Some organisations may benefit from being able to deliver Making Every Contact Count training to their own staff. This may be to fit with wider organisational priorities or to support their own employee health and wellbeing.

We are currently designing a ‘Train the Trainer’ course to upskill team members to be able to deliver MECC level 1 training within their own organisation. The training covers wider determinants of health, defines MECC and how to structure a healthy chat, gives information on key healthy lifestyle messages and how communication and presentation skills can impact on delivering effective training.

To find out more visit the MECC website

Or contact the local MECC link person for Cardiff and Vale University Health Board: Elin Evans
Phone: 02921 836 505