WREXHAM RECOVERY and rehabilitation hub Champions' House has been relaunched -- with a wider range of help for disadvantaged and vulnerable people, and a revitalised programme of training and events.
The Grove Park Road venue will offer new adult learning opportunities, training, and support with skills; plus drop-ins sessions, courses and interventions for people with a history of substance misuse, mental health and criminal justice issues.
Hundreds of people have already benefitted from membership of the hub, which requires applicants to stick to a strict set of terms and conditions.
Champions' House manager Brian Lewis thanked dozens of partners and guests -- including representatives from Wrexham County Borough Council, North Wales Police, HMP Berwyn, Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, charities and other agencies -- for attending on an "auspicious day".
Many put their name to a pledge to support the principle of recovery and rehabilitation in the community.
"We are now offering a more holistic approach to support people who use our services in Wrexham and Flintshire, which will also embrace people with mental health, criminal justice, unemployment and other life challenges -- because we need to address the whole picture," Brian said.
"Our focus will be on how we can help and support those individuals, and, in doing so, support communities in Wrexham and around the north east of Wales."
CAIS chief executive Clive Wolfendale said he was proud that many had been able to benefit from the services offered by Champions' House since the venue was officially opened by health minister Vaughan Gething AM three years ago.
He said the team was determined to continue to offer help and support to those in need in Wrexham.
"This has been a troubled period for this town, this area, and this nation -- in relation to people suffering with addiction, mental health issues, and homelessness, and for those who are falling out of the bottom of society in what is becoming an increasingly difficult situation," Mr Wolfendale said.
"So we are resolved to make Champions' House an even more welcoming home for those who have nowhere else to go. We want more partners, more services, more agencies to come together in this building to share in the mission of supporting those most in need."