Cardiff Council Update: 18 March 2022

Here is the latest update from Cardiff Council, covering: Briwnant Chapel open to all on the National Day of Reflection; Cardiff Bay rugby legends statue sculptor announced; Inspiring work of Cardiff care leavers goes on show; and coronavirus in numbers.


Briwnant Chapel open to all on the National Day of Reflection

This year, the National Day of Reflection takes place on Wednesday, 23rdMarch.

Organised by the charity Marie Curie, the National Day of Reflection is an opportunity to take time to connect, supporting the millions of people who are grieving, and remembering the family, friends, neighbours and colleagues who have died.

To help mark the day, the Briwnant Chapel at Thornhill Crematorium will open as a place for people to sit in private reflection, from 3.30pm to 8pm, on Wednesday, 23rdMarch.

Those wishing to attend can also complete a remembrance card and light a candle in the chapel in memory of a loved one, while quiet music plays in the background.

For further information on the National Day of Refection, including details of other ways in which the day can be marked, visit here on the Marie Curie website:


Cardiff Bay rugby legends statue sculptor announced

The creation of a statue to Cardiff Bay’s legendary rugby ‘codebreakers’, who left a lasting legacy on the world of rugby league, has taken a major step forward in its fundraising campaign.

The statue, which will honour three of the leading players who controversially moved from amateur rugby union careers to star in England’s professional rugby league teams, was the subject of a fundraising campaign led by South Wales businessman Sir Stanley Thomas OBE.

Now, as it approaches its target, the fundraising committee has commissioned sculptor Steve Winterburn to create the monument to the sporting heroes, represented by Billy Boston, Clive Sullivan and Gus Risman, all from Butetown and the old Tiger Bay area.

Winterburn, of Yorkshire Fine Arts, has a wealth of experience memorialising sporting legends and has already immortalised Billy Boston in a statue in Wigan and created the iconic rugby league ‘Heroes’ statue at Wembley Stadium.

Boston, along with Sullivan and Risman, were hailed as trailblazers when they moved north, overcoming prejudice to become stars not only in their new adopted communities but also in the Great Britain teams they represented.

More information on the project can be found


Inspiring work of Cardiff care leavers goes on show

A new exhibition of artistic work by young people from Cardiff with experience of being in care will open next week in St David’s Centre.

Care Leavers in Focus features 36 photographs across six different themed sections – identity, belonging, being prepared, voice, aspirations and ongoing support – along with statements from the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

The exhibition is the result of collaboration between a number of different groups, including Safer Wales, the National Youth Advocacy Service, the Adolescent Resource Centre (ARC), Photovoice and Cardiff Children’s Services.

In addition to the photographs, the exhibition also includes masks made by young people featuring messages describing how they feel about themselves, and a mannequin that delivers a rap about harassment and its consequences surrounded by footsteps with empowering messages written by young people with experience of being in care.

Joanna Chittenden, a youth worker with Safer Wales, said: “We’ve been running a Champions of Wales gender equality programme, funded by the charity Plan UK, for the past 18 months that has been designed to emphasise greater equality and girls’ rights, looking at female role models and building self-esteem and confidence.

“This has involved a lot of creative work around the issue of street harassment with young girls on the edge of care who we are working with to support them in their families.

“Taking part in this exhibition has made the young people we’ve worked with realise they’re not alone, to realise how common harassment is and how other people feel. It’s been wonderful to see how their confidence has grown.”

A council spokesperson said: “There are many young people in Cardiff who have experience of being in care and our dedicated teams are committed to helping them all through a variety of ways.

“This exhibition shows that developing their artistic flair can have a great impact on their confidence and fits well into the council’s ongoing work to make Cardiff a UNICEF Child-Friendly City.”

The exhibition opens on Monday (March 21) at the Child-Friendly Cardiff pop-up unit in St David’s Centre (next to the Apple store) and continues until Friday.


Coronavirus in numbers

Cardiff & Vale University Health Board Vaccination Status Update

Vaccination totals for Cardiff and Vale of Glamorgan:


Cardiff Cases and Tests – 7 Days Data (07 March 2022 – 13 March 2022)

Based on latest figures from Public Health Wales:!/vizhome/RapidCOVID-19virology-Public/Headlinesummary


Data correct as of:

17 March 2022


Cases: 1,178

Cases per 100,000 population: 321.1 (Wales: 304.5 cases per 100,000 population)

Testing episodes: 3,507

Testing per 100,000 population: 955.8

Positive proportion: 33.6% (Wales: 32.6% positive proportion)


COVID-19 Cases reported in Cardiff’s schools in the last week (11 March – 17 March 2022)

Total number reported = 810

  • Pupils and students = 636
  • Staff, including teaching staff = 174

Based on latest figures, there are just under 56,000 pupils and students enrolled at Cardiff’s schools in total.

The total number of Cardiff schools staff, not including casual staff, is just over 7,300.