What we do

Daring to Dream supports and promotes the emotional health and well-being of adult patients (those aged 16 years and above), both those on wards and then as they become out-patients in Wales. Its primary, but not exclusive focus, is to support patients in Cardiff & Vale University Health Board.

Daring to Dream supports the well-being of patients in Wales by providing:

  • Safe, comfortable, and comforting spaces in different clinical areas. Rooms that do not feel or look like ‘hospital rooms’ but offer comfort and a space to catch up with family, to talk with clinicians including for those really tough discussions about end of life. To do this we collaborate with different clinical areas to transform:

                   – Patient dayrooms on wards
                  – Visitors’ Rooms
                  – Quiet Rooms

  • Improved digital connection with devices and accessories.
  • Uplifting personal care and therapies such as hairdressing, reflexology, hand massage, using the rooms we have transformed
  • Music in a variety of ways including live music on wards and access to music via digital channels for patients either at home or in hospital.
  • Signposting for patients to NHS Wales-recommended, safe, and free online support services and activities.

 “What we are trying to do as a charity is to raise awareness of the impact of emotional health and wellbeing on a patient’s clinical progress, through tangible means. We are creating spaces where patients, their families and medical teams can talk kindly about really tough, and often life or death, issues. To be able to offer that space to patients, carers and also at times to our staff, then it alters the way that those really tough issues are perceived, so that everyone can talk about them more easily – not just the clinical details but also, importantly, about what it feels like emotionally.

Currently the kind of rooms we sit in for these conversations make this kind of real openness and sharing of vulnerability and understanding extremely difficult to hold.” Dr Nav Masani, Consultant Cardiologist, University  Hospital of Wales and trustee of Daring to Dream.


The refurbished family room on C3 corridor