A major investment in a former sheltered housing complex in Penygraig is setting new standards to meet the housing and support needs of people in Rhondda Cynon Taf.
Hendregwilym, the former RCT Homes sheltered complex, has re-opened as accommodation for vulnerable adults, following a partnership between RCT Homes, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council and Cwm Taf Health Board.
Whilst RCT Homes identified that the scheme was under utilised and did not meet the needs of older people, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council and Cwm Taf Health Board had found there was a need for more local accommodation for adults living with learning disability and mental ill health conditions.
The three organisations worked together to plan the investment, turning the former RCT Homes sheltered housing complex into the right type of accommodation to suit the needs of vulnerable adults.
The work itself took 34 weeks and included a full refurbishment, inside and out, including the creation of an additional treatment room and upgrade of the communal areas. The bedsits were knocked together to create one and two-bedroom self contained flats with new kitchens and bathrooms.
Local charitable support provider Drive has been appointed to provide on-site care and support to the tenants.
John Jones is one of the tenants who moved into the complex in the autumn.
“I live in a two-bedroom flat with my brother. I love it here – the staff are friendly and I’ve made lots of friends. We come into the lounge to play pool and chat and it’s great. I’ve started doing lots of things for myself like shopping, banking and cooking. I’m doing more for myself than before but I know the staff are always here if I need them.”
“Working in partnership allows us to deliver innovative solutions that allow vulnerable residents to live safely and independently in purpose-built accommodation.
“Hendregwilym is a perfect example of this, taking a facility that was not being used and turning it into a vibrant and welcoming complex where vulnerable adults can live independently, with support on hand should they need it.”
Andrew Lycett, RCT Homes' Chief Executive, said: "RCT Homes, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council and CwmTaf Health Board have worked tirelessly at Hendregwilym to create a new way of delivering services where they are needed most. The results speak for themselves and it is clear to anyone who visits that the tenants have wasted no time in making this a vibrant home with a strong, warm community feel.
“This development shows that when organisations work in partnership to share a problem they can be innovative to create solutions that benefit everyone. I look forward to continuing with these high standards with any future partnership approach.”