CAIS celebrates 40th anniversary

Service users, staff and partners joined charity and third sector service provider CAIS at three special parties to help mark the organisation’s 40th anniversary.

Around 250 people attended events on Colwyn Bay beach, at Bangor City FC and at Wrexham’s Glyndŵr University – enjoying fun games, sport, food and cake to mark the body’s ‘birthday’.

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Chief executive Clive Wolfendale said it was wonderful to have been joined by so many friends during a summer of celebration.

“We were established in 1976, and we’re very proud that 40 years later we’re still here and still working in North Wales,” he said.

“What I’m most proud of and pleased about is that CAIS now shares fellowship, comradeship and a journey with so many fantastic people.”

 Events for employees have also included a social barbecue, and an anniversary edition of the annual staff day celebration and training event.

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Directors Clive Wolfendale, Lynn Bennoch and Geraint Jones watch Chairman Dr Dafydd Alun Jones cut a 40th anniversary cake at the CAIS Staff Day in July

A black tie dinner for commissioners and other partners will take place in September, featuring prominent BBC radio and TV presenter Jason Mohammed as guest speaker.

CAIS aims to empower positive changes in the lives of people affected by addiction, adverse mental health, unemployment, offending and other life challenges, through a range of services and support delivered by skilled and experienced staff and volunteers.

The Llandudno-headquartered group received more than 8,200 referrals last year.

It was founded in 1976 by a small team led by former North Wales Hospital consultant psychiatrist Dr Dafydd Alun Jones – who remains the chair of the charity’s board of trustees.

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