We would like to say a huge congratulations to our Chair of the Board, Clive Wolfendale, who today (5th August) has been inducted into the Gorsedd of the Bards for his contribution to Welsh society at the Eisteddfod in Tregaron.
The Gorsedd is an integral part of Welsh culture and dates back to the 18th century. The main objective of the organisation is to develop, promote and enrich poetry, literature, music and art in Wales and ea
ch year at the National Eisteddfod they host a ceremony to honour individuals who have made a significant contribution to the Welsh language and Wales. Clive has been honoured this year for his contributions to Welsh language and culture as well as to Social Welfare in Wales.
Clive began to learn Welsh on his arrival in Wales from Manchester as Assistant Chief Constable of North Wales Police. Within 2 years he had achieved an A level in Welsh and became a leading figure in promoting Welsh language amongst the Public Sector during his time as Chief Officer. Between 2003 – 2022 he was a Trustee and Treasurer of the Welsh Language Centre at Nant Gwrtheyrn and in his spare time is very active in the field of music in Wales, having directed a number of ensembles which have competed and performed at the Eisteddfod over the years.
Adferiad Recovery is rooted in Welsh language and heritage, which Clive has played a major part in promoting, both as our current Chair of the Board and throughout his tenure as Chief Executive of CAIS before it merged with Hafal and WCADA to become Adferiad. The merger was the largest one in the charitable sector across the whole of the UK in 2021 and Adferiad is now one of the largest caring agencies in Wales. Clive takes great pride in having been a part of such a major development in the provision of social welfare in Wales.
Clive’s induction to the Gorsedd took place at their annual ceremony as part of the National Eisteddfod in Tregaron. The ceremony was also attended by the First Minister of Wales, Mark Drakeford, who was also being honoured at this year’s ceremony on behalf of all our key workers and volunteers to show appreciation for all they did for the nation during the pandemic. Clive’s bardic name is Nodyn Blaidd (Wolf Tone) in reference to his surname and his musical interest.
Adferiad Recovery was delighted to be able to join Clive for his celebrations today as his induction coincided with our “Only Human” Ceredigion County campaign event taking place at our stall on the Maes. We were thrilled to be able to continue the discussion around stigma associated with addiction and hope to continue improving perceptions and understanding of people struggling with addiction to help improve overall social welfare in Wales even further.