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Concert in aid of Living Room Cardiff
Thursday April 3rd - 7pm
Efail Isaf Tabernacl Church
Tickets: £5
Performers: Cor yr Einion (Einion Choir), Trystan Francis, Ysgolion Gartholwg, Maes y Bryn Primary School 
Call 02920 493895 or email LivingRoom-cardiff@cais.or

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Sharing experience and a helping hand
Carl Gustav Jung, Modern Man in Search of a Soul, “Among all my patients in the second half of life, there has not been one whose problem in the last resort was not that of finding a religious outlook on life.”

The Living Room Cardiff has received support from The James Pantyfedwen Foundation to run anumber of pilot seminars - Estyn Llaw - across Wales offering guidance to religious denominations, ministers and individual members of churches and chapels on honing skills to assist those seeking help for addictions of allkinds.

The seminars, which are free and open to all, will be held in: 
Aberystwyth (Feb 26, Capel Bethel, Popty Street 10-4), 
Y Bala
 (March 25, Ysgoldy, Llanuwchllyn 10-4), 
Caernarfon (March 26, Capel Salem 10-4), 
 (April 2, Capel Heol Awst 10-4) and Cardiff (April 9, Living Room 10-4). 

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Recovery Stories - Professor David Clark is Back in Action

Professor David Clark has launched a new website focused on helping individuals and families recover from serious problems caused by substance use.

Click here for a message from David
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Celebrating St Davids Day
Living Room Cardiff Concert

with Cor Meibion Taf Male Voice Choir
Conductor: Robert Nicholls
Accompanist: Lowri Guy

Eglwys y Tabernacl, Cardiff
Friday 28 February 2014 at 7.30pm

Ten years on as Male Voice Choir return to Tabernacle in aid of Living Room Cardiff

A special concert celebrating St Davids Day will raise funds for the Living Room Cardiff. It will feature Côr Meibion Taf Male Voice Choir and will be held at Tabernacle Welsh Baptist Chapel in the Hayes, Cardiff, on Friday 28th February at 7.30pm. more [+]


  Love and Forgivness Retreat

Friday 7th to Sunday 9th March 2014
Trefeca CollegeBrecon Beacons, South Wales.

Theme: “Came to believe”

"A mind once stretched by a new idea, never goes back to its original dimensions” – Oliver Wendall Holmes

Has your life been directly or indirectly affected by addiction? If so this weekend retreat is for you – it will be centred around the 12 step recovery program and key principles of love and forgiveness – we believe that a life characterised by these profound ways of living will equip us to live a life of not only being “sober”, “clean” or “abstinent” but developing a way of living that will emotionally equip you to deal with whatever life throws at you. more [+]

Please could the following contact us as soon as possible (02920 493895) to arrange the collection of their prize.

Tickets to the Wales V France 6 nations game - Graham - Ticket number 00561
A weekend stay in Paris (must make own way there) - Elinor - Ticket number 00291
A big hamper full of lots of goodies - Robin Gwyndaf - Ticket number 00334
A therapeutic treatment - Gethin White - Ticket number 01133
Bayliss and Harding Gift set - Peter Holt - Ticket number 02857
A large, cuddly toy snowman - Mair Thomas - Ticket number 00288

If there are any queries / errors regarding the above please do not hesitate to contact us on 02920 493895.

Please bring your ticket with you when you collect your prize. Any prizes not arranged for collection within the next month will be included in any future raffles the Living Room Cardiff holds so make sure you get in contact with us. Well done to the lucky winners and thank you to all who brought tickets helping the Living Room Cardiff raise over �1,200 towards its vital work



The trouble with you is, you're a genius...
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O'r Galon: Yr Hardys - Un Dydd ar y Tro
Last night the very moving programme, The Hardy's - Ond Day at a Time, was transmitted on S4C. This is a brilliant programme that puts a face and a voice to addiction in the family and demonstrates how recovery is possible for every member of of the family. Carol works at Living Room Cardiff and Geraint is one of our patrons.

Click here to watch the programme
  O'r Galon: Yr Hardys - Un Dydd ar y Tro
Neithiwr darlledwyd rhaglen ysgytwol Yr Hardy's - Un Dydd ar Y Tro ar S4C. Dyma raglen wych sy'n rhoi wyneb a llais i ddibyniaeth mewn teulu a sut mae adferiad i bob aelod o'r teulu yn bosib. Mae Carol yn gweithio yn Stafell Fyw Caerdydd ac mae Geraint yn un o'n noddwyr.

Cliciwch yma i wylio'r rhaglen



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Tree of Hope 2013
Our 3rd Tree of Hope ceremony will be held on Wednesday 11th December. The idea for the Tree of Hope came from our CEO's visit to a ground-breaking Philadelphia Treatment Centre as part of his Churchill Fellowship in America. The concept of the tree is to demonstrate recovery from addiction is a reality and does happen.

Wynford Ellis Owen was struck at the simplicity of the Tree of Hope concept and thought it a great idea to bring to Wales to mark our first Christmas at Living Room Cardiff. It has since evolved into a regular event which is celebrated by everyone who inhabit the Baptist College site and by other treatment providers and service users in Cardiff and throughout south Wales

Everyone is welcome to join us for our celebrations at 5.30pm on 11th December 2013, where they can collect their individual stars to place on the Tree of Hope. Visitors are also free to tour the centre, speak to people who work here and enjoy mince pies and sing Christmas carols. Living Room Cardiff would also like to thank Pugh's garden centre for their generosity in supplying the beautiful Christmas tree every year. The event culminates with an authentic curry which is the talk of the town.

“To have a special message inscribed on an individual star of hope, please call Living Room Cardiff on 029 20493895 or email by 9th December 2013.


Coeden Gobaith 2013
Cynhelir ein 3ydd seremoni Coeden Gobaith dydd Mercher 11 Rhagfyr. Daeth y syniad o Goeden Gobaith o ymweliad ein Prif Weithredwr â Chanolfan Driniaeth Philadelphia fel rhan o’i Ysgoloriaeth Churchill yn America. Cysyniad y goeden yw dangos bod adferiad o ddibyniaeth yn realaeth a’i fod yn digwydd.

Cafodd Wynford Ellis Owen ei synnu gan symlrwydd y cysyniad o Goeden Gobaith a meddyliodd ei fod yn syniad da i ddod ag ef i Gymru i nodi Nadolig cyntaf yn y Stafell Fyw. Ers hynny, mae wedi datblygu’n ddigwyddiad blynyddol y mae pawb ar safle Coleg y Bedyddwyr yn ei ddathlu ynghyd â darparwyr triniaeth a defnyddwyr eraill y gwasanaethau yng Nghaerdydd a de Cymru.

Mae croeso i bawb ymuno â ni yn ein dathliadau am 5.30yh ar 11 Rhagfyr 2013 lle gallan nhw gael eu sêr unigol i’w rhoi ar y Goeden Gobaith. Mae croeso hefyd i ymwelwyr weld y ganolfan, siarad â phobl sy’n gweithio yma a mwynhau mins peis a chanu carolau. Hoffem ddiolch i ganolfan arddio Pugh am eu caredigrwydd bob blwyddyn yn sicrhau bod gennym goeden. Mae’r noson yn gorffen gyda chyri sy’n enwog drwy’r ddinas.

“I gael neges arbennig wedi’i hysgrifennu ar seren obaith bersonol, gallwch ffonio Stafell Fyw Caerdydd ar 029 20493895 neu anfon e-bost ar erbyn 9 Rhagfyr 2013.


BBC Radio Cymru's Dan yr Wyneb Welsh language current affairs programme was transmitted live on Monday 18th November from Living Room Cardiff to mark the start of Alcohol Awareness Week.

Click on the link to listen to the programme.


Darlledwyd rhaglen materion cyfoes BBC Radio Cymru Dan yr Wyneb yn fyw o Stafell Fyw Caerdydd dydd Llun 18fed o Dachwedd i nodi dechreuad Wythnos Ymwybyddiaeth Alcohol Cymru.

Cliciwch ar y cyswllt i wrando ar y rhaglen.

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Making it happen...
Stafell Fyw Caerdydd / Living Room Cardiff
  Would you like to support the Centre?  
The doors have opened on a recovery centre and day-care rehabilitation centre in Cardiff that offers free, bilingual support for anyone experiencing difficulties relating to alcohol, drugs (prescribed or illicit), or any other dependency or harmful behaviour.   We are a community based recovery centre that has an �all addictions� approach (e.g. gambling, alcohol, sex, drugs, eating disorder), and welcomes anyone who needs support taking that first step towards recovery or wanting to maintain their ongoing recovery. We also welcome and provide advice and support for family members, partners and friends who have been affected by these addictions. All information that you disclose to us will be treated in the strictest confidence.  

For more information on how to support Stafell Fyw Caerdydd / Living Room Cardiff contact us at




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Together we can make a difference...
Living Room Cardiff
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We at the Living Room believe that treatment is about the way you “treat” people – with love, compassion and in a relaxed and peaceful environment that reduces emotional distress and puts people at their ease.

To download the Recovery Sunday Programme in English as a PDF, click here, or as a PowerPoint click here.
Click here to download the 2012 Advent Prayer
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Value Judgements
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Author and dramatist Wynford Ellis Owen talks to Phil George about his fight with alcoholism.
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It’s about empowering those that come through our doors. It’s about helping them discover the genius in themselves and showing them that they are unique and that they have a unique contribution to make to life’s rich tapestry.

Our innovative approach integrates professional help with peer-based support in a carefully designed environment (with lots of plants, fresh flowers, art work and colours).

  We like to put people at their ease once they come through our doors for the first time.

Come visit us at Living Room Cardiff and experience for yourself the joy and excitement of recovery and what it’s like to be loved unconditionally.

Come and open the door to a new life.

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Stafell Fyw Caerdydd / Living Room Cardiff opens it's doors
  Love & Forgiveness

CAIS and Living Room Cardiff embark on new phase in their development

Following a meeting of its trustees, Living Room Cardiff, the major community-based recovery centre for Cardiff and south Wales, has agreed to merge with north Wales-based CAIS Drug and Rehabilitation North Wales and Powys to create one of Wales’ largest addiction therapy providers.


Retreat at St NonAttendees to the Welsh Council on Alcohol and Other Drugs' Love and Forgiveness Retreat at St Non's in St Davids, Pembrokeshire pose for a photograph. This is the Welsh Council's first 5 day retreat on the theme of Belonging. These retreats are now in their fifth year and are always fully subscribed.

Retreat St Non
Some highlights from our previous Retreat at Trefeca in March.

Trefeca 'Love and Forgiveness' retreat attendees pose and put a positive face to recovery .

John entertains the retreaters with his musicianship.

Letting go of resentments. These lanterns were released as a symbol of letting go during our love and forgiveness retreat in Trefeca.



Living Room Cardiff, which was first established in 2011, will become a part of the CAIS charity and will remain at its Cardiff location under the stewardship of its Chief Executive, Wynford Ellis Owen. CAIS is a registered charity and leading voluntary sector provider of personal support services in Wales. It helps people who are having problems with addictions, mental health, personal development and employment - as well as offering assistance and information to their families and friends.

Its wide range of services includes residential treatment and rehabilitation, counselling, peer mentoring, supporting people in their homes, assisting people back into work or education, group work and other motivational interventions. The Living Room Cardiff has an ‘all addictions’ approach and welcomes anyone who needs support in taking that first step towards recovery or wanting to maintain their on- going recovery.

The Living Room Cardiff also welcomes and provides advice and support for family members, partners and friends of people who have been affected by these addictions.

Clive Wolfendale, CAIS Chief Executive said, “We are delighted to be working with the Living Room under this merger agreement.  We share a very similar vision and ethos.  Most of all, I believe together we can bring real energy and creativity to the cause of rehabilitation in Wales.”

Wynford Ellis Owen, added, “This is an exciting day for the Living Room Cardiff. It provides us with a solid platform to move forward and deliver our groundbreaking approach to recovery treatment, but also by joining forces with CAIS we can both work together, each with its own remit, to tackle the growing problem of addiction on an all-Wales basis for the first time.

“The new structure enables us to build on our successes over the past few years and help even more people to recover from addiction and rebuild normal, productive lifestyles, in the belief that people can and do change.”


S4C's Byd ar Bedwar report on Living Room Cardiff transmitted on 13th November 2012.

To view the whole Welsh language programme visit S4/Clic here.


PROMO Stafell Fyw cymraeg from Aled Evans on Vimeo.

Bryn Fôn at Slepjan!    
Celebratory Custard Pie for Living Room Cardiff...
Some of the best known faces of the Welsh pop music scene took centre stage last Saturday evening (8 September) in a concert to celebrate the first anniversary of the Living Room Cardiff, a charity which helps people overcome addictions and rebuild their lives.

Fabulous performances were given by artists Bryn F�n and his Band, Elin Fflur, Brigyn and Delwyn Si�n. But the highlight of the night for many was a special guest appearance by comedy duo Sir Wynff and Plwmsan, played by Wynford Ellis Owen and Mici Plwm. It was the pair�s first appearance on stage since their hey-day as stars of Welsh TV children�s programmes in the 70s, when they shot to fame with slapstick humour and popular custard pie routine.

Wynford Ellis Owen, now chief executive of Living Room Cardiff, is a fully-trained addictions councillor and works to help improve the lives of some of the most needy people in today�s society � people who are addicted to substances, such as alcohol and drugs, or to other harmful behaviours. The Living Room is located in Richmond Road, Cardiff and opened its door in September last year.

The anniverary concert was also an opportunity for the Archbishop of Wales, Dr Barry Morgan, and other Welsh church leaders, to launch a national ecumenical appeal on behalf of the Living Room and to mark Sunday 7 October as Recovery Sunday, in recognition of the need to focus on the detrimental impact addictions have on communities across Wales.

Chief executive of Living Room Cardiff, Wynford Ellis Owen, said, �Huge thanks go to all the artists who have performed in this special concert to mark Living Room Cardiff�s first anniversary. Mici Plwm deserves a special pat on the back for pulling Plwmsan out of retirement and putting up with the antics of Sir Wynff once more.

�It�s been a very busy and successful first year for Living Room Cardiff as we endeavour to help improve the lives of some of the most desperate people in our society. Addiction is ugly and ruins too many lives. We at the Living Room want to put a face and a name to recovery and show people that there is hope for a better future. We are here to help them and their families open the door to a new life.�
Wales' first Recovery Sunday, 7th October 2012...
Dependence on alcohol kills. It keeps families in poverty. It causes unlimited crimes.
Sunday 7 October is the first Recovery Sunday in Wales. On this Sunday, we ask all Christians in Wales to unite in prayer for those who are slaves to addiction; to ask God to help us to help them. Because, even in the life of the church, people and families are struggling against addiction. Recovery Sunday is an opportunity to open our minds to their crisis. For more information click here...
The future of health services in Wales...
Our CEO invited to speak at a major conference in Cardiff on Monday 25th June to discuss the future of the NHS in Wales.
A gift of £5000 in support of Living Room Cardiff...
Marian Evans, chair of Bethlehem, Gwaelod-y-Garth Independent church's fundraising committee, presents our CEO with a cheque for £5,000 towards supporting Living Room Cardiff, the community-based recovery centre for Cardiff and South Wales.
The cheque presentation was made during a concert by church members followed by a slap-up meal to celebrate the end of this particular fundraising period which has lasted for 2 years.
Wynford Ellis Owen described their giving as the kind of giving that has no price-tag on it; the giving of oneself to someone else.
A big thank you...
Ceri Landers, President Soroptimist International Pontypridd and District, presents Wynford Ellis Owen, CEO Living Room Cardiff, with a cheque for £250 in support of the new recovery centre.
A Medal of Hope
Wynford Ellis Owen was presented today (Wednesday 30 May) with his Churchill Fellowship medallion from Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson DBE at a prestigious ceremony held at the Assembly Hall in Church house, Westminster, London.
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Living Room Cardiff on TV
Production staff prepare to film Owen Roberts, Living Room Cardiff volunteer  and recovery champion, about his personal journey to recovery and the work of the Living Room.


Mountain Recovery Walk
Chooselife, WGCADA and the Living Room Cardiff have combined forces to invite you to join their staff, service users and supporters for a walk up Pen-y-Fan mountain, Brecon Beacons.  The day is being held to celebrate “recovery in our communities” and we hope that this will kick off an annual event.  After the walk we will hold a BBQ to finish the celebration.  If you feel you can’t take part in the walk then why not volunteer your services to help out with the BBQ!  Why not pass this message onto friends and colleagues to spread the word.
Further details are available by emailing:


Art Exhibition
Addiction - the road to recovery art exhibition opens at The Travellers Gallery, Barry Train Station on March the 12th for two months.

Our heartfelt thanks
Rhys Dafis is raising money for Living Room Cardiff by climbing Naya Kanga to the west of Everest.
  Rhys Dafis and the Himalayas    

A new key to open the door to a new life...
We walk through many doors throughout life; for some leading to positive experiences, but for others leading to a life of self destruction. 



LAunch of the living room

Stafell Fyw Caerdydd-Living Room Cardiff opened its doors for the first time on Thursday 8th September. This new charity, aims to offer support for anyone experiencing difficulties in relation to alcohol, drugs (prescribed or illicit) or any other dependency or harmful behaviour.

The Living Room Cardiff Concept (LRC), as it’s referred to, is like no other rehabilitation service currently offered in Wales. The community based day-care Recovery Centre will provide a safe, easy access, non-judgemental space offering a range of interventions including peer-based individual and group psychosocial support.