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Our residents serve up bistro night for social services minister

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Residents of our vital lifeline service providing specialist accommodation and support for homeless people with alcohol or substance misuse problems in Cardiff, hosted a Bistro evening for Minister for Social Services and Public Health Rebecca Evans AM and special guests. Dyfrig House residents treated guests which included; Councillor Darren Williams, Sarah Germaine of Fare Share… Read full post

Dyfrig House residents ‘cooking for recovery’

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Residents at Dyfrig House, our homeless service in Cardiff have been ‘Cooking for Recovery’ and last week learnt how to make pizzas from scratch. Ian believes that food is an important part of people’s recovery from addiction. “When you’re in your addiction, you don’t care about food at all. You only care about your next… Read full post

Shipmates

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For those of you that follow Solas on Twitter you may have already seen that a group of our clients have been given the amazing opportunity to sail around the south coast for 5 days. The Cirdan Sailing Trust, founded in 1983, is a non-profit making charity whose main purpose is to provide a service… Read full post

In the news – Treating alcoholics with wine

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The recommended treatment for chronic alcoholism is abstinence. But the BBC reported yesterday that at the Oaks - a permanent home for those who once lived on the streets in Ottawa- residents are given a measure of wine at hourly intervals. It is called the Managed Alcohol Program, or known by the residence as 'the… Read full post

Dad you are my hero

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Last week, one of our residents ‘Cec’ turned 60. Cec never thought he would make it to see his 60th birthday, never mind spend it surrounded by family and friends, whom he almost lost through his addiction to alcohol, cannabis and cocaine. Cec received this text from his daughter on his birthday... " I was… Read full post

My Addiction – Alcohol

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I prefer to remain anonymous but I wanted to share my experiences of alcohol dependence, the NHS and Solas / Dyfrig House. I'm in my late 40's, divorced with two beautiful children and an ex wife who has been amazing in her continued support of me. I won't bore you, but I rather embarrassingly have… Read full post

Social work exchange students hear about real life challenges facing young adults

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The University of South Wales and Howest University, Belgium exchange students, this week visited ourYoung Person’s project in Newport to hear first-hand about the positive impact the supported accommodation service is having on its vulnerable young residents. The Young Person’s service is available for young adults 16-18 years of age, all of whom have gone… Read full post

Running For Rose

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Kelly, our Seren Group staff member from Solas, has bravely returned to work after the devastating loss of her baby girl. Last summer Kelly, Michael & Callum were expecting little Rose; Kelly's pregnancy progressed and Kelly was blooming. On Monday 29th June Kelly fell worried as she hadn't felt little Rose move. On the afternoon… Read full post

‘The Apprentice Project’ Runners up at the Third Sector Awards Cymru 2015

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Last night our Solas staff team and Dufrig House resident, Ruth attended the Third Sector Awards Cymru 2015 (WCVA) Ceremony, that was held at The Hilton Hotel, Cardiff. We were nominated for the Award for Innovative Fundraising, for which we entered our 'The Apprentice' project, that Solas ran for the month of September. Residence from… Read full post

George Street Festive Fayre

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Yesterday, our George Street scheme, an inspirational development of two flats and six bedsits located centrally in Newport, held a 'Festive Fayre' for its residents and their families. Joining in the fun were Solas and Seren Group board members, staff and local organisations that are regularly involved with the scheme. On the run up to… Read full post
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