Cardiff Council Update: 8th July

In the latest update from Cardiff Council: a further two community Hubs reopening next week; a reminder that garden waste collections returned to normal this week; and "Out of Doors", an exciting new online digital arts festival.


A further two community Hubs reopening next week

Grangetown Hub and Radyr Library will open again next Monday (July 13) as part of the phased return of services from our hubs and libraries.

There are currently six hubs open on an appointment-only basis (except for emergency cases) - Central Library Hub, St Mellons Hub, the Powerhouse, Ely & Caerau Hub, Llandaff North & Gabalfa Hub and Llanishen Hub.

Customers can access the new click and collect library service from all these facilities, as well as a range of advice services at the hubs such as Into Work, housing, benefits and money advice, when enquiries cannot be dealt with over the phone or email.

Green recycling and food waste bags can be collected too, without the need for an appointment.

Find out more about the click and collect library service here:

Contact our Adviceline or Library Line (Option 2) by calling 029 2087 1071 or email:


Kerbside garden waste collections returned to normal this week

Fortnightly, kerbside collections of Cardiff's green, garden waste returned this week

Residents can check green waste collection days and dates for their area here:

Collections should follow the pattern residents were used to before lockdown began.

The return of the fortnightly garden waste collection means that all normal kerbside collections are back in place across the city except for the glass bottle and jar pilot.

Residents living in the 14,000 homes which took part in the glass pilot are asked to continue to put their bottles and jars into their green recycling bags, rather than their blue caddy, until further notice.

To help council staff keep the streets clean residents are also being asked to use their brown food caddies for all vegetable peelings and leftover food waste, and to make sure all their recyclables are washed out before they go into their green bags for collection.

The only waste that should be put into the green wheelie-bin are leaves, grass cuttings, plant or flower cuttings or small twigs or branches.


"Out of Doors" - An exciting new online digital arts festival

18-July - 15 August 2020

As young people and many adults look for ways to entertain themselves and their families creatively in lockdown, Arts Active have come up with a digital arts festival that people can engage and enjoy whilst staying safe and socially distanced behind their own front doors.

The Arts Active Trust is a registered charity that supports education, community and audience engagement projects from St David's Hall and the New Theatre.

Arts Active has been leading the way in Wales with their engagement with schools, teachers, families and young people during lockdown, providing educational online resources, access to live creative tutorials along with links and advice. Out of Doors, will provide FREE access to online activities and will include artist led activities and mini projects to encourage people of all ages, not just kids, to be at one with nature whilst learning in a creative and fun way.

The arts have always had a significant role to play in supporting and evoking a sense of  wellbeing for those that participate and engage with, from music, singing, dance, theatre  to the visual arts, just to mention a few.

Much of the engagement with artists led activities in this festival will include nature and the natural world as the inspiration. As we step tentatively out of lockdown we want to encourage young people particularly, to enjoy nature in a fun, creative but importantly, a safe way. Being out of doors NOW more than ever, will have a positive impact on our mental health and wellbeing.  This digital festival will bring all of these elements together to learn new things in a fun and creative way! 

The festival will run for a month when it launches on Saturday 18 July - Saturday 15 August. Arts Active have created a diverse programme of events, where some of the activity is provided in a series of work for ages 1- 80.  A taster of these include Tiddly Prom, (for ages 1-5) which comes in a series of 4 different activities based on the content, themes and characters associated with the Tiddly Prom.  Family Prom, again a series of 4 differing activities (ages 5 & upwards); a series of 5 podcasts led by Jonathan James (ages 10 & upwards) in talks with various artists on the relationship, influence and inspiration between music and nature. A series of 12 Youth Arts activities that will support the development of new skills (ages 10-18) and of course the Quiz which has become synonymous with lockdown. Here we have created 4, family quizzes covering visual art, music, film and theatre (for ages 10 & upwards). I think we can honestly say, there is something for everyone!

In addition and alongside the festival, Arts Active are producing Creativity Parcels. A new initiative which will see these parcels delivered to support young people who are unable to access online activities due to rural locality, areas of deprivation and others within central south Wales. The parcels will be distributed to nominated pupils by the end of term to support them through the summer break. This is an exciting and what now appears to be a very in demand initiative led by Arts Active.