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Spotlight On: Inroads Wellbeing Institute

Spotlight on: Inroads Wellbeing Institute A column profiling organisations based in or working in Cardiff West Inroads are a charity offering free and confidential services to drug and alcohol users, ex-users, their family and friends. They have recently moved in to a brand new facility on Neville Street in Riverside. Earlier this month (18 July) Mark was lucky enough to attend the opening of the new Inroads Wellbeing Institute in Riverside. The facility takes over the previously derelict backpackers hostel at 98 Neville Street, and is purpose built to deliver services helping to make changes to drug and alcohol use. The Wellbeing Institute includes a large number of facilities such as; a day centre, counselling rooms, an art room, group work spaces, a teaching kitchen and a crèche. The help offered by Inroads staff in this light, modern and friendly environment is sure to be a key addition to the community. Inroads is a registered charity which provides a free and confidential service offering information, advice and support to drug and alcohol users, ex-users, their family and friends. If you or someone you know needs help with any drug or alcohol related matters, they offer an open door to factual information Read more [...]

Spotlight On: Making Music Changing Lives

Spotlight On: Making Music Changing Lives A column profiling organisations based in or working in Cardiff West Since 2010, Making Music Changing Lives has used music to encourage participants to flourish, to develop an increased sense of self worth, confidence, raised aspirations, and an improved quality of life. It is based at 4 Grand Avenue, Ely. The Making Music Changing Lives project was launched in 2010  by Ely vicar, Reverend Jan Gould, after she was inspired by a similar project in Venezuela called El Sistema. El Sistema began with 12 street children learning violin 30 years ago. Today that scheme has 500,000 members and 42 professional orchestras. The scheme in Cardiff has grown to running three nights a week, as well as a summer school (details below), and now teaches brass, woodwind and string sections. Currently operating solely in Ely and Caerau, the long term aim is to take the El Sistema message across Wales. At present children from Hywel Dda, Herbert Thompson, St Francis, St Fagans , Windsor Clive, Millbank and Coed Y Gof primary schools all take part in the project and they are taught by a combination of professional musicians and students from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Summer School From Read more [...]

Spotlight On: Church Army Residential Services Cardiff

Spotlight On: Church Army Residential Services Cardiff A column profiling organisations based in or working in Cardiff West Church Army Residential Services Cardiff provides accommodation and support to homeless young people. Its two main residential facilities are in Fairwater and Danescourt in Cardiff West. Across the UK, Church Army exists to enable people to come to a living faith in Jesus Christ. As part of its mission, Church Army reaches out to children and young people, homeless people and older people. Church Army Residential Services Cardiff is a project of Church Army, who established its work with homeless young people 25 years ago in 1984. Their work is based on the Christian principles of hope, justice and love, the service offered being relevant to the needs of homeless young people within a person centred support, education and development programme. Since 1984 Church Army has provided accommodation to over 1600 homeless young people. Since those early days, Church Army has developed a number of different projects in Cardiff, including Ty Bronna and DC2 a floating support scheme, which provides care and support and above all a place which is a home to 29 young people each day. Aged between 16 and 21 Read more [...]