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About Us

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WCADA is a registered charity and limited company founded in 1979 by, among others, Mr Alan Douglas and Dr Allan Hawkins. Our aims are to reduce, treat and prevent the harm caused by dependency and addiction to individuals, their families and the wider community including interventions to reduce harm in the criminal justice system.


WCADA has been providing support and interventions for those affected by substance use for over 40 years, originally from a single office in Swansea to six agencies across Swansea, Neath Port Talbot and Bridgend.. WCADA is one of the leading alcohol and drug treatment agencies in Wales. We have designated services for children and young people, adults and older people. We also support family members and carers. We provide the Minnesota 12-Step Abstinence treatment programme and Harm Reduction services, including needle and syringe programmes and outreach support, diversionary activities and counselling. Additional services include Change Step, a mentoring service for veterans and their families; and a Supporting People housing related support service. Our approach is to inspire change and support people to achieve their potential whichever recovery path they choose. 

WCADA also offers individuals opportunities to learn new skills and rekindle lost skills, improve self-esteem and confidence. We encourage people to re-engage with diversionary activities, education, training, volunteering and employment.

WCADA  is experienced in working in the Criminal Justice field with Dyfodol workers in the Welsh public prisons at HMP Swansea, HMP Cardiff and HMP Usk / Prescoed and have specialist staff based within the Youth Justice Service in Neath Port Talbot and Bridgend, and at Hillside Secure Children’s Home in Neath. Historically, we have experience in the delivery of the Probation Statutory Order, the Drug Intervention programme and supporting individuals on community orders.

WCADA’s main strength is its staff who bring a wealth of experience and academic achievement to the charity and are committed and passionate about delivering effective services for the people and communities we serve.

Our Values

Integrity: We conduct ourselves with fairness, respect and honesty in all our affairs.  

Accountability: We are accountable to service users, communities and commissioners and are transparent in all our activities.

Team Culture: We collaborate with and support each other to attain excellent individual and team performance through continuous professional development.

Creativity: We are open to new ideas and finding innovative solutions to the challenges that face our commissioners, our service users and ourselves.

Partnership: We work in partnership with our stakeholders, service users, other agencies and the community to achieve the best possible outcomes.

Best Practice: We deliver best practice quality services through our excellent staff that welcome constructive feedback and display a ‘can do’ attitude.

Diversity: We provide equality of access to all people in the communities we serve and we challenge discrimination in all its forms.