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A Gift to the Nation: Addictions Recovery Coach Training Manual Available in Welsh
01 March 2015


A pioneering project, which provides training for laypersons to support those who may wish to address their addiction issues, is launching a Welsh language version of its popular Reaching Out Recovery Coach Training manual.

Estyn Llaw is a project run by The Living Room Cardiff and which has received support from The James Pantyfedwen Foundation. It ran a series of pilot seminars across Wales in 2014 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. 

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. 

Estyn Llaw hopes to provide similar courses to teachers, medical professionals, the police, lawyers and employers and others who come in contact with those addicted to substances and harmful behaviours, such as The Samaritans, Street Pastors, Housing Associations and voluntary organisations.

Wynford Ellis Owen, Chief Executive, Living Room Cardiff, added, “Following the success of the Estyn Llaw pilot seminars it became apparent there was a need for materials in both Welsh and English.

“I believe the material we have developed as a team is the only one of its kind. There is currently a big shortage of similar material available in the Welsh language and this new resource should help many people who’s first language is Welsh.”

Clive Wolfendale, Chair of Living Room Cardiff’s Board of Directors added, "In an area of work that many find difficult, it is important that language is not a barrier to understanding.

"We are delighted Estyn Llaw now has the potential to reach across Wales to all who may look for support from the programme".

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



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