Skip to Content

Category Archives: Families & Carers

GDAS Motivational Interviewing Training now CPD Accredited

At GDAS it is important that the training we offer is of the highest possible standard. We want participants to learn new skills and walk away feeling like what they have learnt will help them in their work. We also want them to gain something tangible from our training, which is why we have gained formal CPD accreditation for two of our Motivational Interviewing courses.

The ‘Essentials of Motivational Interviewing’ and ‘Advanced Motivational Interviewing’ are two one-day courses that complement each other in building the skills and knowledge of a Motivational Interviewing practitioner.

Whilst each course is normally £100/125 per delegate, we are currently offering practitioners the opportunity to attend both courses for only £150 pounds or £75 each. Please click on the links below for full information about the courses.

To reserve a place or to find out more please email or call on 07809114702.

Essentials of MI Flyer

Advanced Motivational Interviewing Flyer

0 Continue Reading →

Free Alcohol Brief Interventions Training 12th September 2016

As Wales starts to open its eyes to the full extent of alcohol related harm we at the Gwent Drug and Alcohol Service are focused on finding the solutions. An Alcohol Brief Intervention is a short structured conversation to motivate someone to reduce their alcohol consumption. GDAS are approved providers of Have a Word: the national Alcohol Brief Intervention Training programme. Since 2013 we have trained over 1500 professionals in Gwent; be part of the growing group of professionals who have the skills, knowledge and confidence to play their part in tackling this issue.

The training course is 2 hours long & free of charge. The next workshop will be run on Monday 12th September 2016 from 2pm-4pm at The Lighthouse, George Street, Pontypool, NP4 6BZ.

To reserve a place please contact Tom Damsell at or 07809114702

0 Continue Reading →

GDAS Worker Cathrine Williams to ‘Brave The Shave’

GDAS Engagement/Outreach Worker Cathrine Williams is to ‘Brave The Shave’ in aid of MacMillan Cancer Support.

0 Continue Reading →

GDAS attends ‘Emerging Communities Event’

On Monday 20th June 2016 Zarqa Hussain attended the ‘Emerging Communities Event’ on behalf of GDAS

0 Continue Reading →

Overdose Awareness Week


Huge thank you to Mike Parry and the art group Blaenau Gwent for producing 6 painted canvasses which will be placed at our bases across Gwent. These are to remember those lost through overdose helping to raise awareness ,provide harm reduction advice and to promote Naloxone in conjunction with Overdose Awareness Week which commences on the 14th December 2015

0 Continue Reading →

GDAS Says Yes to 50p Minimum Alcohol Unit Pricing in Wales

Today ends the consultation period for the draft Public Health (Minimum Price for Alcohol) Bill. GDAS supports the proposal presented in this draft bill for setting a minimum price of 50p per unit of alcohol in Wales.

0 Continue Reading →

BBV Testing in Conjunction with World Aids Day

In conjunction with World Aids Day GDAS staff are offering BBV testing in the following service bases:

  • 1st December at the Lighthouse Pontypool 9am – 3.30pm 
  • 3rd December The Citadel in Tredegar 10.30-3:30pm
  • 9th December at St Fagans House Caerphilly 9am-4pm
  • 11th December at Chambers House 9am- 3.00 pm


This testing service is open to all including steroid and self tanning injectors.

0 Continue Reading →

Recognising Alcohol Awareness Week in GDAS

Every year Alcohol Awareness Week aims to get people thinking and hopefully talking about alcohol. This year the week ran between the 16th and 22nd November with the theme of ‘The impact of alcohol on our society’.

0 Continue Reading →

Working in partnership: GDAS and Cardiff School of Pharmacy

GDAS is always trying to develop new links with the community around us and sometimes that includes links that may not be obvious at first glance.

0 Continue Reading →

Anti-Slavery Week

Today, Monday 12th October, Gwent Police teams up with the other three Welsh forces and partner agencies to embark on a week’s worth of activity to raise awareness, identify offences and support victims in the lead up to International Anti-Slavery Day on Sunday 18th October.

The aim of the week is to break down the traditional views of slavery, offer support to victims and make Wales hostile to perpetrators of Modern Slavery.

International Anti-Slavery Day was created to raise awareness of modern slavery and to inspire people to eliminate it.

If anyone has suspicions that someone they know may be a victim of slavery, some of the indications which could help to identify they are victims of trafficking include:
•Not having a passport or other means of identification
•They are withdrawn and refuse to talk to, or appear afraid to talk, a person in authority
•They are unable, or reluctant to give details of accommodation or other personal details
•They work in various locations
•Having limited freedom of movement
•They perform excessive housework chores and rarely leaves the residence
•They have low or no salary or are permanently deprived of a large part of their earnings by another person
•Being escorted whenever they go and or return from work and other activities
•They work long hours or have few, if any, days off
•They sleep where they work
•They have no privacy, sleeping in shared and over-crowded spaces
•Security measures are in place to keep them at the work place, for example locked doors and windows
•They are not dressed properly for the work they do, for example they don’t have protective equipment or warm clothes

If you suspect slavery is happening near you please report it to police on 101, in an emergency always dial 999 or call the Modern Slavery Helpline on 0800 012 1700.

You can read more about Modern Slavery here:

0 Continue Reading →