As many of you know, one of our significant services is The DOMINO Project - an activities programme engaging people affected by substance misuse and poor mental health in a range of activities that support their recoveries before, during and after treatment interventions. They include: gardening, cookery and nutrition, music and band involvement, literacy and numeracy classes, books and reading, photography, structured walks, acupuncture and other interesting courses such as moral philosophy. These activities focus on health and well-being, making meaningful use of time learning new skills and rekindling skills lost, broadening knowledge and making positive changes towards achieving their aspirations for a better future for themselves and their families.
We are seeking £40,000 through Just Giving to ensure we continue until we hear the outcome of our Big Lottery Proposal. If we don't raise the funds we need by November, the project will end. This money will help us to carry on delivering the activities programme for 4 months until we hear from the Big Lottery. If their decision is negative, then we will use all the funds raised to extend the programme for as long as we can to maximise the benefit for our people and communities we serve.
Please support our efforts by visiting our Just Giving DOMINO Effect page and spread the word to your contacts via social media.
For more information you can also visit our DOMINO Effect Page.
Its that time of the year again when we will be hosting our Annual Recovery Celebration. The event last year was a huge success and everybody who attended said that it was a very positive and uplifting afternoon. This years event will be taking place on Thursday 5th October at 'The Centre', Lodge Drive, Baglan, SA12 8UB and will run from 1.30pm - 4.30pm with refreshments available on arrival.
At the event, we will also be releasing our Annual Report for the 2016 - 2017 period. The report is a great way to see the great work which WCADA is doing in your local community. The report will be released on this website so why not take the opportunity before this to check out previous reports here!
WCADA will be hosting our annual WCADA Fun Day on Friday 11th August at the Ashlands Playing Fields in Port Tennant.
Service Users and their families are invited and transport will be available from local agencies to the venue.
The event is a fantastic opportunity for us all to relax and (hopefully) enjoy the gorgeous weather; with games, music from the WCADA band, food and drink as well as a raffle there will be plenty to do.
Be sure to join us on the 11th August at this fantastic WCADA event!
WCADA recently held a volunteer awards ceremony at the Beglan Commmunity Centre, to celebrate volunteer week.
Awards were given to all volunteers to acknowledge their amazing contribution to the organisation and Volunteer Coordinator, Samantha Drohan, was on hand to comment on the individual contribution of each volunteer.
Additionally four main awards were given out to acknowledge areas of significant work; Innovation, Sustainability, Overcoming Adversity and Outstanding contribution. Each award winner was giving a fantastic WCADA trophy which was custom sculpted for the event.
The event was concluded with a special message from WCADA patron Michael Sheen who thanked the volunteers for their amazing contribution!
June 1st - 7th is Volunteer Week 2017!
We would like to thank our volunteers for their amazing contribution, without their contribution we simply could not provide the support we do.
Finally to celebrate our volunteers we will be hosting a special event during volunteer week at the Baglan Community Centre!
Have you heard about our new WCADA project - Cyfle Cymru?
We work closely with major employers to ensure we've got the connections you need to find a rewarding new job.
We're experienced in treatment and rehabilitation and understand your recovery, so you can trust us to help you make the right decisions.
Our help and support can continue after you enter employment, training or education to help you settle in.
Check out our new Cyfle Cymru page to learn more about this exciting scheme.
This year has been another great year for WCADA and we are once again extremely proud of the many achievements of our service users and staff. There have been many key developments over the last year such as the extension of the Veteran's Change Step Project and a brand new all Wales scheme in the form of the Out of Work Service. We also have a new patron; WCADA have been very pleased to welcome actor Richard Mylan who has already attended a number of WCADA events.
WCADA have also held several Annual events which were enjoyed by all those who atteneded. The Family Fun Day was well attended and despite numerous weather concerns prior to the event the day was bright and warm. The Annual Recovery Celebration was also a highlight, packing out the venue and having a number of fantastic speakers and videos which can now be viewed on the WCADA You Tube Channel.
As always the WCADA Annual Report was released during the fourth quarter of this year so be sure to download your copy today! We will be releasing our next Newsletter in the new year and you can keep up to date by joining the https://twitter.com/WCADAOnline.
A Stannah Midilift SL platform lift has delivered full accessibility to wheelchair users in Celtic Court, a health and wellbeing centre in Bridgend, Wales, earning it the ‘Best inclusive building’ accolade at Bridgend County Borough Council’s tenth annual Local Authority Building Control’s Building Excellence Awards.
Read the full article HERE.
Next week is Alcohol Awarness Week! Check out the WCADA Twitter page for all sorts of useful info and facts relating to Substance Misuse and the support which is available.
We will also be releasing a brand new service user experience film which was premiered at our Annual Recovery Celebration in September. The film had a hugely positive response during that event so be sure to check it out next week.
Finally we will be releasing the brand new Annual Report for 2015 - 2016. This report was also released at our Annual Recovery Celebration and gives the lowdown on WCADA services and current projects. Be sure to download your copy from the website next week!
On the 3rd October 2016, the Western Bay Area Planning Board's Prevention, Education and Training sub-group launches the "Not so Legal, Not so High" survey. Responses are completely anonymous and will help us better understand the views and experiences of young people with regards to New Psychoactive Substances. If you live in Swansea, Neath Port Talbot or Bridgend, and your aged between 11 and 25 years old and would like to help us make sure we're providing appropriate advice, information and support, please click on the below link to complete the short survey. You'll have a chance of winning 1 of 12 iPods!
Take part in the survey by going to here.
WCADA is honoured to announce that famed actor Richard Mylan has agreed to become a WCADA Patron!
The successful actor who was born in Swansea has starred in many brilliant roles such as Waterloo Road, Coupling and Belonging. Richard has already attended a number of WCADA events though we formally announced his appointment as a WCADA Patron at our recent Annual Recovery Celebration.
“Thank you so much for asking me, I would be honoured” - Richard Mylan
We are pleased to offer this fantastic harm reduction resource for those who use cannabis and those that want to support them to make positive changes.
The booklet was produced by WCADA's Training Coordinator Samantha Drohan and Laura Hancock, one of our Young Persons Substance Misuse Workers; so is full of practical advice and knowledge. It is available for free download online or as a printed copy with a small donation.
The booklet is available here.
We are developing a new NPS survey to better understand the views and experiences of young people. If you are aged between 11-25 and living in Swansea, Neath Port Talbot or Bridgend we need your help!
Enter the contest now and you could win cinema tickets for you and a friend! Check out more details below the closing date is 25th August.
You can read all about it here.
Volunteers are crucial to our organisation; without them we simply could not do what we do. You may have noticed our banners highlighting that 1st - 12th June is volunteer week 2016.
As part of vounteer week this year we want to extend a special thank you to those who have given their time to WCADA by highlighting their amazing contribution.
You can read all about it here.
The site has been totally redesigned from the ground up and has a host of new sections and features, which we intend to expand further in the coming months.
We are currently testing the new site so if you encounter any issues please contact email@example.com
You can read all about whats new here.
An all new multi agency centre has now openned on Tremains Road!
The new office offers a number of new facilities for service users such as a fully equipped training kitchen and IT suite. We will be hosting an open day with details to follow but in the meantime you can read more in our annual report on the reports page.
The WCADA newsletter for December was released over the Christmas period and given out at our Annual Christmas Reunion. If you would like a printed copy, pop into our local agencies or alternatively this can be downloaded below.
Be sure to catch up on all the latest happenings here at WCADA!
November 22nd, 2015
Be sure to check out our website for further information on the support WCADA can provide and subscribe to our twitter where we will be posting useful tips and articles throughout the week!
Get involved! WCADA Twitter site
OCTOBER 16, 2015
The DOMINO team ran a fantastic Photography and Art Exhibition on 14th October at 12 Cafe.
The event was very well attended and was a fantastic opportunity to showcase the excellent achievements of service users and the DOMINO staff.
The Evening Post also featured an article on the exhibition on 15th October as seen below!
Thank you to all those who attended and made the event a success!