Many people thought this Gweini conference, held in The Hub, Swansea City Temple on 26th September, was one of the best ever. As Gethin Russell-Jones wrote in Christian Today, it was a conference with a difference, "The presentations were very good but the audience comprised many people who had first hand knowledge of the destructive power of addiction. Present were recovering addicts and also others who had shared their lives trying to help people with addiction… [I realized] this would not be an exercise in academic neutrality but analysis that seared the heart." You can read Gethin’s full article here.
The conference was not just a one-off event. For a start it saw the launch of the Wales Christian Drugs Network website, managed by Ralph and Carol Upton. You can find that here, to have a look at and sign up if relevant to you, your church or organisation. Ralph and Carol will be developing the site over the next few months so if you have any ideas or comments, email Ralph on
One of the workshops at the conference was led by Wynford Ellis Owen, of the Welsh Council on Alcohol and Other Drugs, which is putting on Mike Hayward’s “Mike’s One Man Show”, a free event on Thursday 7 November at 7pm in the South Wales Baptist College, 54 Richmond Road, Cardiff. Mike is 25 years in recovery and his show will include humour, tragedy and thought-provoking insights into life. Spaces are limited so if you are interested in attending, please contact Sharon on
or 02920 493 895 to reserve a place.
Gweini also plans to facilitate a two-hour networking meeting in the New Year in Cardiff for those interested or involved in the field of addictions. It will be a great opportunity to hear what others are doing and to see the bigger picture. Let Jim Stewart, mailto:
know if you are interested and he’ll be back in touch before Christmas with a date and time.