Health Minister Mark Drakeford Visits Hafal’s new Recovery Centre in Pontardawe

Health and Social Services Minister Mark Drakeford AM visited Hafal’s newRecovery Centre in Pontardawe on Wednesday 7th January 2015 for an update onthe Welsh Charity’s plans – and a discussion of key issues facing people with amental illness and their carers in Wales.

The visit gave the Minister the opportunity to see the progress of theRecovery Centre, which has received Big Lottery “Innovations” funding. As wellas housing the Charity’s Head Office the Centre will provide a progressiveservice user and carer-led in-patient service with 15 beds, and create 60 newjobs in the area.

Hafal CEO Alun Thomas said: “We are delighted to welcome the Minister to ournew Centre which represents a new chapter for the Charity. The Centre willoffer an ambitious service which provides holistic in-patient support andtreatment for people with a serious mental illness.

“We enjoyed discussing with the Minister how we will deliver an innovativeservice which is ambitious for its clients and which sets new standards of bestpractice for Wales – and which will demonstrate a ‘prudent healthcare’ approachto service delivery in line with the Welsh Government’s vision.”

During the visit the Minister had a tour of facility before meeting staffmembers to discuss Hafal’s campaigning plans, the Charity’s concerns aboutring-fencing funding for mental health services, and its ongoing engagementwith the Welsh Government and the National Assembly for Wales.

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