Foster for Cardiff and the Cardiff Half

Make the Difference and Foster for Cardiff

We have launched a new campaign aiming to recruit more foster carers in order to bring Cardiff’s children back home.

The City Council currently has over 600 children under its care; however, at present there are not enough foster carers in the city and as a result some children live further away from their schools, friends, families and familiar surroundings.

Fostering is about providing a safe and stable family life for someone else’s child in your own home and can be for a short or long period of time, even providing a short break for a child or their family.

As well as being a challenging but extremely rewarding experience, fostering can also be a great career or a second income and those who foster with the City of Cardiff Council will receive an excellent level of support.

If you think you can foster for Cardiff or would like to learn more then please visit or contact the Fostering team on 029 20873797.

Made In Cardiff interview

Earlier this week I was delighted to visit the World of Boats as part of Made in Cardiff’s one-to-one interview series. The interview will be available in the coming weeks, so keep your eyes peeled, and an early happy anniversary to Made in Cardiff who celebrate their first anniversary in the city later in October.

Made in Cardiff Interview with Tim Hartley at World of Boats

Made in Cardiff Interview with Tim Hartley at World of Boats

Update on getting taxis in Cardiff

For all big cities helping people get to where they want to go, quickly and safely, is a really important, especially when we’re hosting big events, like the Rugby World Cup. In Cardiff there are a range of travel options available but the city’s taxis provide an important service, particularly late at night.

We are therefore working closely with the Cardiff Hackney Association to ensure people can get around the city safely and that, whatever the length of the journey, there is a fair an equal service available to everybody.  As a Council we will often act as a “mystery shopper” to ensure that the service provided is of the quality you expect, particularly during busy times.  The feedback we receive tells us that Cardiff Taxis provide a high quality service but if you do have any issues- such as a driver refusing to take you home for no good reason- please follow the advice on our Facebook page and email –

 Cardiff Half Marathon

 The Cardiff Half Marathon takes place over the weekend. Starting at Cardiff Castle runners will race through Riverside and Grangetown before coming back over the Barrage, through the city centre, and around Roath Park Lake before finishing in the civic centre. It makes me tired even just writing about it!

This year’s race is particularly important as Cardiff will be hosting the World Half Marathon next March – another fantastic opportunity to showcase our city to the World and welcome visitors from across the globe.

There will be a series of road closures on Sunday, and I’d recommend that residents check the information available on the Cardiff Half website to plan travel. Good luck to all those running, especially those doing it for the first time, I hope lots of people will be out supporting the  runners through what will be a long and challenging run.