Swansea Drug Team HQ Plan For Legion

A Former Royal British Legion clubhouse could become the new headquarters of a project helping drug and alcohol addicts and their families following a £1 million grant.

There are around 6,000 registered drug users in Swansea, and health workers say their existing facilities are under growing pressure.

Swansea Drugs Project has applied to Swansea Council for permission to convert the former home of the legion in Mansel Street into its new base.

Project manager Ifor Glyn said that, if the proposals received the go-ahead, the group would be in a position to offer an improved service.

“The current buildings we lease in Calvert Terrace are small and cramped, and we are able to offer few facilities for families,” he said.

“We have 20 staff and space is tight,” he added.

“It we get the go-ahead for the move, we will be able to offer a better facility, in particular to support the families of drug users.

“We will be able to provide a range of services and classes in such things as IT and cookery.”

The plan, which would see the building extended and undergo external alterations, follows a £1 million grant from the Assembly’s capital scheme.

Swansea Drugs Project is one of the oldest substance misuse agencies in Wales.

It was established in 1983 by a group of residents and professionals who identified a need for a service for those experiencing problems with substance misuse.

The project is regarded as one of the most innovative substance misuse agencies in Wales, having established the first needle exchange and the first service for young substance misusers.

It works to minimise the harm caused to individuals and society by both drugs and alcohol.

Mr Glyn added that services to drug users and their families would be mostly be available during the day.

“It will be mainly by appointment between 9am and 5pm,” he said.

Comments on the planning application must be received by Swansea Council by November 16.