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Celebrating the union of CAIS and Living Room Cardiff
15 March 2014

 
The creation of one of Wales’s largest addiction therapy providers was formally marked by a special launch in Cardiff Bay.

Speakers at the event in the Pierhead building included the event’s co-sponsors Jenny Rathbone AM and Mark Isherwood AM; Denzil John, Chairman Welsh Council on Alcohol and Other Drugs; Dr Dafydd Alun Jones, Chairman CAIS; Clive Wolfendale, Chief Executive CAIS, Wynford Ellis Owen, Chief Executive Living Room Cardiff and Welsh Government Health Minister, Mark Drakeford, delivered the keynote speech.

As part of the launch guests were invited to take part in a symbolic ceremony led by The Therapy Project’s Melanie Beer and Mandy Squires.

Following a meeting of its trustees in 2013, Living Room Cardiff, the major community-based recovery centre for Cardiff and south Wales, agreed to merge with north Wales-based CAIS Drug and Rehabilitation North Wales and Powys to create one of Wales’ largest addiction therapy providers.

Living Room Cardiff, which was first established in 2011, will become a wholly owned subsidiary of CAIS and will remain at its Cardiff location under the stewardship of its Chief Executive, Wynford Ellis Owen.

CAIS is a registered charity and leading voluntary sector provider of personal support services in Wales. It helps people who are having problems with addictions,mental health, personal development and employment - as well as offering assistance and information to their families and friends. Its wide range of services includes residential treatment and rehabilitation, counseling, mentoring, supporting people in their homes, assisting people back into work or education, group work and other motivational interventions.

Clive Wolfendale, CAIS Chief Executive said, “We are delighted to be working with the Living Room under this merger agreement. We share a very similar vision andethos. Most of all, I believe together we can bring real energy and creativity to the cause of rehabilitation in Wales.“

Wynford Ellis Owen, added, “This event marks the start of a new dawn for addiction therapy in Wales. It provides us with a solid platform to move forward and deliver our groundbreaking approach to recovery treatment, but also by joining forces with CAIS we can both work together, each with its own remit, to tackle the growing problem of addiction on an all-Wales basis for the first time.

“The Living Room Cardiff has an ‘all addictions’ approach and welcomes anyone who needs support in taking that first step towards recovery or wanting to maintain their on- going recovery. The Living Room Cardiff also welcomes and provides advice and support for family members, partners and friends of people who have been affected by these addictions

“The new structure enables us to build on our successes over the past few years and help even more people to recover from addiction and rebuild normal, productive lifestyles, in the belief that people can and do change.”

Melanie Beer on behalf of The Therapy Project, said, “The union of CAIS and The Living Room is great news and will undoubtedly help many more people with addiction issues.

“We find during our dramatherapy sessions that people can come to terms with their difficulties through getting to know themselves better. For those on the journey to recovery from addiction, individuals are enabled to explore painful feelings such asshame, guilt and anger in a safe and holding environment. “

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For further information please contact Rhodri Ellis Owen, Cambrensis Communications on 029 20 257075 or Rhodri@cambrensis.uk.com

 

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