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3 Year Strategy
Click on each initiative to find out how we’re doing…

1. Commissioning research work focusing on the nature of the problem in Wales and the spiritual component of substance dependence more that the usual bio/psycho/social causes. The Institute of Alcohol Studies (IAS) will supervise the researcher(s).

2. Publishing  bilingual circulars containing information about the latest research and developments in the field of substance abuse.

3. Producing a bilingual theatrical production for young people focusing on the hidden harm inherent in substance abuse. Establishing touring exhibitions.

4. Promoting local and national campaigns to advocate stricter controls on the marketing, sale and labelling of alcohol products.

5. Attracting national conferences in the field of substance abuse research (such as the New Direction in the Study of Alcohol Group) to Wales.

6. Creating a new website that will promote the Council’s strategy and work programme and producing a bilingual DVD that will reinforce the Council’s message.

7. Offering counselling and assessing services for those trapped in the cycle of substance dependence.

8. Promoting the establishment of a free, bilingual day-care rehabilitation centre based on Christian principles and incorporating structured programmes for anyone experiencing difficulties relating to alcohol, drugs (prescribed or illegal) or any other dependency.

9. Sponsoring a bi-annual lecture by experts in the field of substance abuse to an invited audience at the Senedd building in Cardiff.

10. Speaking to churches, schools and youth groups all over Wales about the importance of “Choice and Responsible Living”. Promoting membership of the Alcohol Policy Youth Network.

11. Working in partnership with other organizations to promote greater awareness of the dangers of substance abuse.

12. Arranging a series of retreats to create an environment to promote recovery and healing for the sufferers of substance abuse and their families.




How we’re doing on the 3 year strategy

1. Commissioning research work focusing on the nature of the problem in Wales and the spiritual component of substance dependence more that the usual bio/psycho/social causes. The Institute of Alcohol Studies (IAS) will supervise the researcher(s).
We’re already in discussions regarding cooperating with the Institute of Alcohol Studies regarding a possible research project to monitor all TV and radio output in Wales over a 3 month period to ascertain attitudes towards alcohol and other drugs and to discover what subliminal messages, if any, are contributing to the “normalisation” of substance misuse.
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2. Publishing  bilingual circulars containing information about the latest research and developments in the field of substance abuse.
The priority, initially, we felt was to inform all church members in Wales, and all MPs and AMs and other relative organizations about our 3 year strategy. To this end we circulated a letter from our new chief executive appealing directly to Denominations, Churches and individuals to support the Council’s work through financial contributions. This would ensure the strategy’s implementation in its entirety; their practical co-operation would also, we felt, be just as imperative to its long-term realisation. A colour poster outlining the strategy accompanied the letter. (Click on this link to view the poster). A measure of the success of this approach has been the substantial increase in financial contributions already received by the Council, and for these we are immensely grateful to Denominations, Churches and individuals.

Additionally, our chief executive meets, on average, 4 MPs or AMs during a typical week, and will visit other organizations to inform them of the Council’s important message. For example this week he’ll be visiting the CAIS offices in Llandudno, North Wales; Wayne David, MP; and Baroness Finlay.
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3. Producing a bilingual theatrical production for young people focusing on the hidden harm inherent in substance abuse. Establishing touring exhibitions.
This initiative is well advanced. Already Phil Fox artistic director of Outside Edge Theatre Company in London is on board to direct and is cooperating with the Wales Theatre Company Ltd, who’ll oversee the 3 productions. Lucy James of Wired-in will supervise the outcome monitoring; and Dewi (Diezel) will be responsible for the production of the accompanying DVD. Our partners, so far, on this exciting project are, Action on Addiction and The Institute of Alcohol Studies. Applications for funding are currently being prepared and the productions, hopefully, will tour from October 2009 onwards. However, due to ethical considerations this initiative is being postponed to 2011.
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4. Promoting local and national campaigns to advocate stricter controls on the marketing, sale and labelling of alcohol products.
Already, letters have been sent to various newspapers addressing this issue. (Click on this link to access a sample of these letters.) Meetings are also being set up with concerned members of the public to think of creative and imaginative ways of addressing the huge social problems that are caused through the misuse of alcohol and other drugs.
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5. Attracting national conferences in the field of substance abuse research (such as the New Direction in the Study of Alcohol Group) to Wales.
We have just received confirmation that the New Direction in the Study of Alcohol Group (NDSAG) will be holding their 2011 conference here in Cardiff. This important conference will be hosted on behalf of the council by Wynford Ellis Owen, our chief executive. You can access more information about the NDSAG by clicking on this link: www.newdirections.org.uk
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6. Creating a new website that will promote the Council’s strategy and work programme and producing a bilingual DVD that will reinforce the Council’s message.
The new website is up and running – you’re experiencing it now. Incidentally, if you have any views on the website’s content; or wish to suggest any amendments we can make to improve our service to you, please do not hesitate to contact us. The production of the DVD to reinforce the Council’s message is a long-term goal.
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7. Offering counselling and assessing services for those trapped in the cycle of substance dependence.
Please click on the link The Services we offer to read more about how we’re doing on this initiative.
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8. Promoting the establishment of a free, bilingual day-care rehabilitation centre based on Christian principles and incorporating structured programmes for anyone experiencing difficulties relating to alcohol, drugs (prescribed or illegal) or any other dependency.
This initiative, to set up a free, bilingual day-care rehabilitation centre in Cardiff, is under way. The chair and founder of the original Living Room/Yr Ystafell Fyw will be visiting Cardiff soon to help promote the new centre; additionally, our chief executive has been commissioned to produce a DVD about the original centre in order to help introduce the concept to the residents of Cardiff. To read the overview of the proposed centre, please click on the link. 
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9. Sponsoring a bi-annual lecture by experts in the field of substance abuse to an invited audience at the Senedd building in Cardiff.
The inaugural annual lecture will be held at T? Hywel on June 16th, 2009. Invited guests will attend a buffet at the Senedd building initially before listening to Dr David Best speak on ‘Evidence for hope – what do we know about sustained recovery from alcohol and drug addiction’. This event is sponsored by Mr Gareth Jones OBE., AM. for Aberconwy; and is organized in cooperation with the Welsh Council on Alcohol and Other Drugs and the three main Tier 4 treatment centres in Wales, Tyn Rodyn, Rhoserchan and Bryn Awel House.
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10. Speaking to churches, schools and youth groups all over Wales about the importance of “Choice and Responsible Living”. Promoting membership of the Alcohol Policy Youth Network.
This programme began in earnest during February, 2009 with Tabernacl Chapel, Fishguard, Pembrokeshire, being the first church in a long queue to receive a visit. May we remind you that we are eager to come and speak to churches, schools and youth groups all over Wales in order to promote the Council’s work.
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11. Working in partnership with other organizations to promote greater awareness of the dangers of substance abuse.
Our chief executive has visited many organization from the Salvation Army in Cardiff, to Bryn Awel House in Llanharan, and CAIS in Llandudno, North Wales. We have also visited Pen-yr-Enfys and the Children’s Commissioner in Swansea. Organizations already cooperating with us on a variety of initiatives are: Action on Addiction; Outside Edge Theatre; Rhoserchan; Bryn Awel House; Tyn Rhodyn; The Living Room, Stevenage, and the Wales Theatre Company Ltd.
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12. Arranging a series of retreats to create an environment to promote recovery and healing for the sufferers of substance abuse and their families.
A retreat is being planned towards the end of 2009. Colin Macdonald, a member of the Council’s Policy Advisory Group, is cooperating with us in setting up and organising this weekend retreat.
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