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Sharing experience and a helping hand
01 February 2014

Carl Gustav Jung, Modern Man in Search of a Soul, “Among all my patients in the second half of life, there has not been one whose problem in the last resort was not that of finding a religious outlook on life.”

The Living Room Cardiff has received support from The James Pantyfedwen Foundation to run anumber of pilot seminars - Estyn Llaw - across Wales offering guidance to religious denominations, ministers and individual members of churches and chapels on honing skills to assist those seeking help for addictions of all kinds.

The seminars, which are free and open to all, will be held in:
Aberystwyth (Feb 26, Capel Bethel, Popty Street 10-4),
Y Bala (March 25, Ysgoldy, Llanuwchllyn 10-4),
Caernarfon (March 26, Capel Salem 10-4),
Carmarthen (April 2, Capel Heol Awst 10-4) and
Cardiff (April 9, Living Room 10-4)

According to research from the National Association for Addiction Professionals, a high percentage of people looking for support turn to the faith community as a starting point. However, in many cases this same community lacks the confidence to be able to discuss addiction and also lacks knowledge of where to turn for more information.

Carol Hardy, Living Room Cardiff, said “Estyn Llaw are the first seminars of their kind in Wales an we would like to hear from the faith community across Wales regarding theirneeds when supporting those seeking their help with addictions. 

“The pilot programme is a taster and we are keen to hear about experiences of the faith community and discover where gaps lie in their support network. This information will be very useful as we devise a wider engagement strategy toshare knowledge with the sector.” 

Wynford Ellis Owen, Chief Executive, Living Room Cardiff, added, “Following the pilot seminars, we hope, in time, to develop a series of workshops to train representatives from faith communities to become Recovery Coaches. We also want to provide similar courses to teachers, medical professionals, the police, lawyers andemployers and others who come in contact with those addicted to alcohol, other drugs and display destructive behaviour. 

“We also want to produce comprehensive handbooks, in Welsh and English, that will be printed to coincide with the workshops and seminars. There is currently a big shortage of similar material available in the Welsh language.

“The workshops and seminars will also create an income stream which will support the innovative work of the Living Room Cardiff and enable us to open similar centres in west and north Wales.” 

Judith Morris, a Minister from Aberystwyth, who will be attending one of the pilot seminars, said, “I’m looking forward to attending the seminar to learn more about the Estyn Llawproject and how the faith community can nurture the appropriate confidence and skills to support individuals who are seeking to recover from alcohol and other drug addictions. 

“I know alcohol causes major problems in our society and it is our responsibility as Christians to respond positively to this venture.” 

More information
To attend one of the pilot seminars please contact Carol Hardy via carolhardy2013@yahoo.com or 029 2030 2100 / 029 2049 3895



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