First tenants welcomed to Hafan Cenfi extra care housing scheme
Mr Brian Burt, Mr Gordon Barlow and Mr Michael Allmond are welcomed as the first new tenants at the Hafan Cefni extra care housing scheme in Llangefni. With them are: Dr Sarah Horrocks, Chair of Clwyd Alyn Housing Association; Brenda Hughes, Extra Care Officer; Carol Hughes, Senior Extra Care Manager; Anya Thomas, Business Change Assistant; Alwyn Jones, Head of Adult Services, Iola Richards; Service Manager for Older Adults, and Sandra Thomas, Transformation Programme Manager, for the Isle of Anglesey County Council
The first tenants have been welcomed to Hafan Cefni, the new £10 million extra care housing scheme for older people in Llangefni.
Mr Gordon Barlow, aged 91, from Menai Bridge, Mr Michael Allmond from Dwyran, aged 85, and Mr Brian Burt, aged 76 from Llanfaelog, were the first to move to the scheme when it opened this week.
A phased move-in period has been arranged to minimize disruption for new tenants, who each have their own self-contained apartment as well as access to a wide range of communal facilities and access to 24-hour support.
The first tenants were welcomed by Dr Sarah Horrocks, Chair of Clwyd Alyn Housing Association, Alwyn Jones, Head of Adult Services and Iola Richards, Service Manager for Older Adults for the Isle of Anglesey County Council.
“It is an absolute privilege to welcome the first people to this important scheme which provides an excellent housing option for older people who wish to remain independent, while having the peace of mind that extra care offers,” said Dr Horrocks.
Anglesey Council Leader and Social Services portfolio holder, Councillor Llinos Medi, said, “This exciting new extra care scheme is an important step forward for the County Council as we look to transform older adult social care on Anglesey for future generations. Our aim is to continue to develop community based services which focus on providing residents with the independence they want and high levels of care.”
“It is clear that Hafan Cefni will provide high quality accommodation for residents, allowing them to keep their independence, whilst also offering peace of mind that dedicated care and support is on hand when needed."
Anglesey’s Head of Adult Services, Alwyn Rhys Jones, added, “We are pleased that Hafan Cefni provides local people with an opportunity to remain independent within their own tenancy with access to care. This wonderful facility provides a real alternative to residential care. We look forward to continuing our partnership with Pennaf and Carelink, who will be providing care at Hafan Cefni.”
The first arrivals at the scheme said they were delighted with their new homes:
“It is very much my own choice to move here, and I know it is the right decision. It feels like home already,” said Mr Barlow.
Mr Allmond said that he was very happy with his move to Hafan Cefni where he is to live independently with care and support available as and when needed.
Mr Burt added that the central location was also a real bonus as he is no longer able to drive: “As well as feeling at home in my apartment, the restaurant food is excellent. I’m also looking forward to meeting new people here, it’s a lovely place.”
Hafan Cefni has 63 one and two-bedroom self-contained apartments for people aged 60 or over, subject to eligibility criterial.
It is a partnership development between the Isle of Anglesey County Council, the Welsh Government and Tŷ Glas Housing Society, part of the Pennaf Housing Group and is manage by Clwyd Alyn Housing Association, also part of the Pennaf Group, with individual domiciliary care provided by the Local Authority.
Anyone interested in living at the scheme, either for themselves or for a family member can phone on 0800 183 5757 or visit the website www.hafancefni.co.uk.”