The Links to Recovery (L2R) at SANDS CYMRU is funded by the Big Lottery Fund.


To promote vocational guidance, training, education and employment opportunities for people who are currently economically inactive, as a result of substance misuse problems.

To assess and help address the often complex needs of service users who are experiencing difficulties and / or barriers to accessing training, education and employment.

To comprehensively identify need in order to develop bespoke training and educational packages for individual service users.


LINKS, directly and through its partners, offer a wide range of activities and courses to suit the needs of the individual. Some of the sessions currently available are:

Cookery courses & Healthy Living, Computer / I.T. Skills Film ClubArt ProgramsAnger ManagementJob Searches & AdvicePrint Making Courses

Group programs currently include:

Womens GroupMens GroupPreparing for changeLife SkillsOn the move (Job Search)

Training & education

Further training & education

If you are interested in gaining a qualification we can help guide and support you when exploring the wide choice of learning opportunities available in Swansea

These range from informal training and basic courses through to NQF and equivalent qualifications.

Daunted about applying to do a course? We can support you with practical help, with things like completing application forms, finding out where courses are available in your chosen subject, and help with applying for funding grants.

We can also look at your study skills, and through our ongoing programs, we can help you with time management, stress and anxiety too.


Training & work opportunities

We can help you make the right choices for the future.When you are ready and commited to moving towards work or training, we will offer you support and signpost you in the right direction.

Arts & crafts

Through partnership working with D.A.C.E (Department of adults continuing education) and other organisations, we run a variety of art sessions which allows you to explore different printing methods and the opportunities to explore different artistic techniques.

Well being

Life skills

We offer a range of Life skills sessions that can look at issues with you such as assertiveness, confidence, dealing with anger and conflicts, time management, skills for living independently, stress and anxiety management. Many of these come under our Group Work sessions or on a one to one basis to suit your needs.

Gym sessions

Being active doesn't have to be a drudge. It can be fun and sociable. After an initial one to one introduction, you can join in with the gym sessions. You exercise at your own pace and as well as improving fitness, it increases overall health and provides a social network.

Cookery & nutrition

LINKS has the use of the training kitchens where we can show ways of cooking and eating healthily within budget. By promoting healthy eating and food preparation, hygiene and budgeting skills, you can gain experience and take further steps towards independent living.