Earlier today a joint statement was released by the Welsh Government, Plaid Cymru and the Welsh Liberal Democrats about their draft budget agreement for 2014/15. It was announced that £5.5million had been allocated to mitigate the impact of cuts to the Supporting People programme.
On 3rd October Gofal's Executive Director Ewan Hilton joined collegues from Community Housing Cymru, Cymorth Cymru, Care & Repair Cymru, CIH Cymru, The Wallich and Disability Wales in writing to the Western Mail about the need to protect preventative services such as the Supporting People programme from government cuts.
On 25th September it emerged that Asda was selling a 'mental patient' Halloween fancy dress costume on its website. Gofal Public Affairs Manager Katie Dalton criticised the costume and Asda's decision to stock this item on social networking website Twitter and subsequently featured in many of the national and local news stories about this issue.
On the 11th of September the Daily Post reported that a brewery in Denbigh had decided to name their new beer 'Y Mental' after a former psychiatric hospital in the local area. Following contact from members of the public, Gofal and Mind Cymru wrote a joint letter to the company to express our disappointment.
Gofal survey - People's experiences of primary mental health support services in Wales