South Wales

Saint David’s Substance Misuse Centre, Pontypridd Official Opening


On Thursday 11th November 2010 Edwina Hart MBE OStJ AM will be officially opening Saint David’s Substance Misuse Treatment Centre, in Pontypridd.  The centre, located in the basement of St David’s Uniting Church, on Penual Lane, Pontypridd, is run by the Kaleidoscope Project and CRi (Crime Reduction Initiative) and is supported by the South Wales Drug Intervention Programme. This exciting project is also supported by St David’s Uniting Church, who has a long history of social action in the town.

12c45 opening substance misuse centre nov 11 2010 006The centre opened its doors to service users in June 2010; services offered by the centre include    harm minimisation, relapse prevention, overdose advice, triage consultation and methadone replacement therapy.

Kaleidoscope established Saint David’s Substance Misuse Centre with capital money received by from the Welsh Assembly Government and targets an acute need for treatment services in the Rhondda Cynon Taff region.

Ms. Hart has consistently supported projects supporting people with drug problems. In 2003 she opened the first Kaleidoscope centre in Newport and has invested time and effort in the service and its users.  Other speakers at the official opening will include Dr. Medwin Hughes, Chair of Kaleidoscope Project Board, Mr. Alan Hills speaking on behalf of Saint David’s Uniting Church and Ms. Sarah Ellis, who represents CRI.

The Revd Martin Blakebrough, CEO of Kaleidoscope comments: “St David’s service is not just a partnership of drug services but with the community. The church and many members of the community have seen the pain drug addiction causes people and they want to help people turn their lives around. Too many people have been lost to addiction, St David’s service is about helping people with drug issues return to health and be a credit to their families and communities once more.”

The Revd Simon Walkling, minister of St David’s Uniting Church, adds: “We are always looking for ways of using our buildings for the benefit of the local community.  We believe the work that Kaleidoscope and CRI are doing will not only help people with drug problems in our communities, but also help to reduce the harmful impact addiction can have.  A range of services are needed to tackle drugs, and we support their work as well as providing a place where the work can be done. Churches are here to be useful – and so are our church buildings.”

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