Llandudno charity leads the way on nationwide service for veterans

Reporter:

Iwan Berry

A LLANDUDNO based drug and alcohol charity will help lead the way to helping veterans with substance misuse problems, thanks to a £1.4million grant.

CAIS which aims to help those dealing with addiction will head a Wales-wide service designed to help former members of the armed services dealing with drug and alcohol abuse, and their families.

The charity will lead the Drug and Alcohol Charities Wales (DACW) consortium; a group of charities from across Wales, to deliver Change Step – a peer-mentoring service run by veterans for veterans – and Listen In, a sister-service designed to help family members and carers.

The two programmes, which will launch in February, were funded by the Armed Forces Covenant LIBOR Fund - raised from fines levied on banks for attempts to manipulate the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR), with more than £995,000 going to Change Step and more than £434,000 to Listen In.

CAIS chief executive Clive Wolfendale said: “Veterans can often feel misunderstood and that is why we take on well-motivated veterans as peer mentors, because there is an instant connection between them because of their shared experience.

“Relatives and carers often feel they have no-one to turn to either, which is why we are delighted to be launching the new Listen In service too.”

Brigadier Gerhard Wheeler, military patron to Change Step, said: “Veterans have pride in having served in the military and many find it difficult to ask for help, which is why Change Step works because veterans are helping their peers. I am delighted to be supporting this extremely worthwhile and necessary venture as it expands across Wales.”

For more information, visit www.cais.co.uk or call Change Step on 08450 612 112.

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