Community support for groups living in the extra care housing area of Hafod y Gest, Porthmadog

Date 19/07/2017
Grwp Cynefin

Many organisations and community groups in Gwynedd area celebrating after receiving financial support from a Grŵp Cynefin £20,000 fund. It is part of its community support agreement to assist local residents as part of its new extra care housing development, Hafod y Gest, in Porthmadog.

Sharon Jones, Cylch Ti a Fi Leader at Porthmadog says that babies and young children of the area will benefit as the Welsh language playgroup will buy new equipment and toys for the youngsters thanks to the £500 awarded to them from Grŵp Cynefin.

“It was high time for us to invest in new bicycles and scooters for the young toddlers who attend Cylch, so it's great news!” explains Sharon who las led the Cylch Ti a Fi from Y Ganolfan in Porthmadog for over 20 years.

Some of the other organisations that are celebrating receiving the financial assistance for their projects include, Cylch Meithrin Chwilog; Welsh language community newspaper Yr Wylan; the renovation project for Parc Gwerin y Coed at Penrhyndeudraeth; improving the outdoor play area at Gorlan Fach, Tremadog; renovation of Minffordd playground and in Talsarnau the funds will assist the community to purchase a defibrillator.

Sharon Jones, from Cylch Ti a Fi Porthmadog continued: “As community groups we are all feeling the financial strain and here at Porthmadog’s Cylch Ti a Fi the number of children attending has decreased over recent years. We had a difficult few months and had to sit down and rearrange our provision time to ensure the long term viability of the Cylch.

“By now things have re-established and we're open every Thursday morning to welcome parents, babies and toddlers for two hours of play time from 9am to 11am. Parents can have a coffee a chat and enjoy the support and social aspect on offer.

“We received the good news that Grŵp Cynefin looked favourably at our application, so we can invest in new equipment for the playgroup. We are grateful to the housing association for the funding, and look forward to developing a special corner for the babies, with soft and colourful toys to entertain them, in addition to the bicycles and small scooters.”

Not far from the play group’s location in the town, the new older people development for the area, Hafod y Gest, is progressing well. The extra care housing is being developed by Grŵp Cynefin in partnership with Gwynedd Council to provide a comfortable home for older and vulnerable people to live independently.

The scheme worth £8.5m offers extra care accommodation for older people in the area with 40 apartments with either one or two bedrooms; 24 hour care; community hub for activities; hobby rooms, fitness, beauty and therapy; lounge and restaurant, as well as social and recreational resources. Also care and support service packages are available on site as needed.

Carina Roberts, Director of Community Services at Grŵp Cynefin said: “The construction work is progressing smoothly and we continue aim to complete the outside work in spring 2018.

“It's great to be able to release the funds as part of the community planning process agreed initially with Gwynedd Council and the builder, Anwyl Construction. It is vitally important for Grŵp Cynefin to support those communities who may have been adversely affected by building work of this scale taking place within a community. Our aim is to see a world-class resource open soon for older people of the area, a resource that offers them the respect and dignity so they can enjoy life.”

Gwynedd Councillor for Porthmadog West, Selwyn Griffiths said: “I am pleased to see the willingness of Grŵp Cynefin, who are developing the extra care housing units at Hafod y Gest, to support local community activities financially.

“These groups play an important part of daily lives and the support on offer helps to secure their future. In a few months Hafod y Gest will become a part of our community here at Porthmadog therefore support to other parts of the area is a positive move to co-ordinate community activities.”

For more information, visit the website grwpcynefin.org or call 0300 111 2122.