Addiction charity Living Room Cardiff has received support from the James Pantyfedwen Foundation to run a number of pilot seminars — EstynLlaw — across Wales.
The seminars will offer guidance to religious denominations, ministers and individual members of churches and chapels on honing skills to assist those seeking help for addictions of all kinds.
The seminars, which are free and open to all, will be held from February to April, in Aberystwyth, Bala, Caernarfon, Carmarthen and Cardiff.
Carol Hardy, spokesman for Living Room Cardiff, said, ‘EstynLlaw are the first seminars of their kind in Wales and we would like to hear from the faith community across Wales regarding their needs, when supporting those seeking their help with addictions.
‘The pilot programme is a taster and we are keen to hear about experiences of the faith community and discover where gaps lie in their support network. This information will be very useful as we devise a wider engagement strategy to share knowledge with the sector’.
The centre hopes to develop a series of workshops to train representatives from faith communities to become recovery coaches.
It also wants to provide similar courses to teachers, medical professionals, the police, lawyers, employers and others who come in contact with those addicted to alcohol and other drugs, and display destructive behaviour.