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Cardiff Metropolitan University and Primary School Pupils Design Wellbeing App

The Wellbeing of the Future Generations (Wales) Act calls on communities to prioritise wellbeing, sustainability and access to green spaces. A project team from the Cardiff School of Education and Social Policy (CSESP) at Cardiff Metropolitan University responded to this national health need by collaborating closely with regional primary schools to support schools and parents in enhancing children’s wellbeing. The iValue U Wellbeing App was the result of an innovative year-long partnership between Cardiff Metropolitan University’s CSESP team and Welsh primary schools across South Wales.

The project, which was funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW), was created by Lecturers Nick Young, Dylan Adams, and Lisa Fenn who were concerned with the rising screen time use among young children, and research which suggested that young people in Wales felt emotionally disconnected from nature.

The app was designed in collaboration with pupils from Blaenycwm, Maes yr Haul, Calon y Cymoedd and Deighton Primary schools with the guidance of Year 2 Primary Education students at Cardiff Metropolitan University. Throughout the project, the pupils were engaged in various wellbeing classes with their classmates, such as yoga, mindfulness, multisensory meditative activities, bibliotherapy, dance and outdoor pedagogy. School staff and parents were also advised on how mindfulness approaches could be incorporated into teaching as well as everyday life. Teachers felt that participation in these mindfulness classes had a positive impact on pupils’ lives. Pupils also used the healthy coping strategies they learnt throughout the program to support other children. 

The iValue U Wellbeing App is available to download from the App Store. The App is an excellent resource for mental and physical wellbeing strategies for young people, parents and teachers. You can read more about this project here and watch a video about the development and design of the iValue U Wellbeing App here