A LEADING support charity is relocating its head office to Colwyn Bay this August bringing over 40 jobs to the town.

CAIS, which helps people having problems with addictions, mental health, personal development and employment has outgrown its home of 19 years in Trinity Square, Llandudno, and will move to a new head office in the former Conwy & Colwyn County Court on Princes Drive.

The building, purchased by CAIS in January following almost a decade of being unoccupied,will be renamed ‘Tŷ Dafydd Alun’ after the organisation’s founder.

It has undergone major refurbishment in recent months overseen by CAIS’ Project and Estate Manager, Liz Wilson.

She said: "We have planned ahead for future growth of the organisation and have ensured that the building is prepared for additions to our head office team when the time comes. We’ve also ensured that the building has necessary COVID safeguards.

“It was important to us when it came to the refurb that we supported local business in the process, and so all the work on the building has been completed by local contractors who have done an exceptional job”.

Established in 1976 as the Clwyd and Gwynedd Council on Alcoholism, CAIS currently employs over 250 people across Wales and North West England, is a major provider of employment and training programmes, and has become prominent in the social enterprise sector with various food and drink venues across Wales. Porter’s Coffee Shops in Station Road and Eirias Park offering opportunities for on-the-job training, work experience and accredited qualifications.

Dr Dafydd Alun Jones. CAIS’ Chief Executive, Clive Wolfendale said, “CAIS is delighted to be relocating to Colwyn Bay, bringing together its head office functions”. He added, “The offices are close to our other centres in the Bay area and marks a further commitment by the charity to the regeneration of the town.”

CAIS hopes that the relocation of their 40+ staff to the area will help boost the local economy and provide a business hub.