A GROUP from Caniad – a North Wales organisation who work with people who attend substance misuse and mental health services – have been welcomed to Westminster.

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I welcomed the group, which included both staff from Caniad and CAIS in Wrexham and service users, to the Houses of Parliament yesterday. They were given a tour of the House before meeting with Delyn MP David Hanson and the head of a choir for homeless people to discuss their work and what Caniad does.

The meeting was suggested to me by Tony Ormond, who looks after service user involvement for Caniad in Wrexham and Flintshire. It will be followed with another meeting in Wrexham where I will again meet service users and hear their views.

There has been lots of discussion about substance misuse in Wrexham over the past few years. I think it is important to listen to all the voices in that debate, which is why I welcomed the group form Caniad to Parliament and why I’ll be meeting people in Wrexham in the coming weeks too.

Alongside David Hanson and other MPs, I will be working in Parliament in the New Year on the best way to tackle issues relating to the use of Novel Psychoactive Substances. I wanted to involve Wrexham services in that debate, which is why I was pleased David came along to today’s meeting.

This work is part of a much larger series of measures I have been pushing to put in place to tackle a range of issues in Wrexham -; from securing more money to expand provision for homeless people to working to get more people looking after our town centre.

That work is most effective when people work with each other, and I am grateful for Caniad and CAIS for their visit.

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