New charity for clients with co-occurring health conditions launched by Hafal and partners

First Minister Mark Drakeford, Jenny Rathbone AM, Dr Dai Lloyd AM, and Mark Isherwood AM join representatives from Hafal, CAIS and WCADA at the launch of Adferiad Recovery

First Minister Mark Drakeford has praised a new national charity launched by Hafal and its partners CAIS and WCADA.

Adferiad Recovery will draw on the expertise of Hafal, CAIS and WCADA to deliver effective new services for people with complex and co-occurring health conditions.

The new body was launched at a special event sponsored by Mr Drakeford at the Norwegian Church in Cardiff Bay. 

It will seek to ensure that people who experience both mental health and substance misuse conditions, and associated issues, can access the coordinated and timely support they need.

Attending the launch as the local AM for Cardiff West, Mr Drakeford told the gathering of political and civic leaders that the launch marked a “fantastic opportunity”.

“Having a unified service will be really valuable,” he said.

The new charity will be led by Lisa Shipton, who joins as executive director following 12 years at WCADA, and will be based in Cardiff.

Existing community recovery centres at Inroads and Living Room Cardiff will come under the new charity’s umbrella.

Adferiad Recovery is chaired by Hafal Chief Executive Alun Thomas. Alun commented: “We are very excited to launch Adferiad Recovery. This is an ambitious and progressive organisation which will provide a comprehensive service for clients with co-occurring needs. 

“Too often we see people with highly complex issues receiving inadequate care. Adferiad Recovery will offer new opportunities for recovery by providing truly comprehensive and individualised support.”

CAIS director of partnerships and development Geraint Jones said Adferiad Recovery offered new opportunities to provide the consistent, coordinated and continuing support needed by vulnerable people facing complex life challenges.

“We really value this fantastic support from the First Minister, and from a number of senior politicians and civic leaders,” he said.

“Too often we hear about people with substance misuse and mental health conditions who are passed from pillar to post, who fail to receive treatment, or who fall between gaps in services.

“Adferiad Recovery has been set up specifically to meet the needs of people with co-occurring conditions, and to ensure they can access the seamless, timely and joined-up support.

“We look forward to working closely with a range of partners to make a real difference for people who face a range of complex life challenges.”

Visit www.adferiad.org.uk to find out more