August update: First Minister Carwyn Jones shows his support for FORCES for CHANGE!

Pictured l-r: Cais Chief Executive Clive Wolfendale; First Minister Carwyn Jones; Hafal Chair Elin Jones; Hafal Chief Executive Alun Thomas

First Minister of Wales Carwyn Jones visited the Hafal stand at the National Eisteddfod in Anglesey earlier this month to lend his support to our work, and to the 2017 FORCES for CHANGE campaign.

The First Minister said: “It was good to meet team members from Hafal, an organisation working closely with the Welsh Government and groups across Wales to improve the lives of people with a mental illness and their carers.

“I was also pleased to learn more about the FORCES for CHANGE campaign. We owe our veterans a huge debt of gratitude and I welcome the vital work Hafal and its partners are doing to highlight the mental health issues they may face. I fully support the campaign in ensuring that veterans feel able to ask for help and have access to the support they need.”


  • Campaign trail

In August the FORCES for CHANGE campaign trail continued with events in the Vale of GlamorganAnglesey, Merthyr, Pembrokeshire, Denbighshire & Flintshire and Bridgend!

Find out when there’s a campaign event near you


  • Keep Safe Cymru scheme for veterans

We were recently contacted by South Wales Police about their Keep Safe Card Scheme for veterans who live in the South Wales Police Force area. The scheme aims to support veterans who have a mental illness, PTSD, dementia or a disability.

Keep Safe Cymru is a confidential service where South Wales Police retain information which can be called upon to improve the service received by the card holder in a crisis. The Keep Safe Cymru card is credit card size which will easily fit in your purse or wallet.  The card holds a unique identification number and a dedicated non-emergency helpline number.

When calling the helpline, the police call handler will be aware that you have registered for the Keep Safe Cymru Card scheme and that you have disclosed information under the scheme which will assist in your support. It means the call handler is aware of any additional needs you may have and can pass the information on.

Find out more about the scheme here…

During the Eisteddfod, North Wales Police announced that they were introducing a Keep Safe Cymru scheme, and that in the coming weeks the scheme will be adapted to assist veterans. Read more here…

Matt Pearce