Following the appointment of Mid-Wales Housing Association as the delivery partner for the Cylch Caron extra care scheme, the project has been moving forward swiftly with a community engagement event in September, and on 31st October a successful visit organised by Ceredigion County Council and Mid-Wales Housing Association for Members of the Cylch Caron Project and Stakeholder Boards to visit two good practice examples of extra care schemes in North Wales.
The visits provided an excellent opportunities for Councillors and others to speak to staff at Hafan Gwydir, Llanrwst and Awel-y-Coleg, Bala to gain first-hand knowledge of how the schemes operate in practice. It was also an opportunity to meet some of the residents who enjoy living in their homes and the services that are on offer.
Both schemes have several features in common with the proposed plans for Cylch Caron. Hafan Gwydir, Llanrwst, managed by Clwyd Alyn Housing Association, is a purpose-built extra care development. The homes provide one- and two-bedroom apartments for rent and for part-purchase, 24-hour on-site domiciliary care and support, an adjoining health centre and on-site GP surgery.
Awel-y-Coleg, Bala, managed by Grŵp Cynefin, is a purpose-built extra care development, offering 30 one- and two-bedroom flats with on-site care staff and community alarm service. The scheme includes a restaurant, laundry, guest facilities, garden, activities room, hairdressing salon and an assisted bathing facility.
Councillor Catherine Hughes, Ceredigion County Council Cabinet Member with responsibility for Care, Assurance and Housing Services and Chair of the Cylch Caron Stakeholder Board said: "The visit to the the extra care schemes at Hafan Gwydir, Llanrwst, and Awel-y-Coleg, Bala, was a valuable opportunity for partners involved with Cylch Caron to get a visual understanding of such a project."
Aidan Ackerman, Director of Customer Services at Mid-Wales Housing said: "The day was very successful and a great opportunity to see people living happily in the extra care schemes which is a great incentive to develop Cylch Caron. I would also like to pass on my grateful thanks to everyone who we met on the visit for their warm welcome".