New supported-living space in Wrexham helps people with learning disabilities
A modern living space is helping people in Wrexham with profound learning difficulties enjoy a more independent life.
Heddwch was previously a four-bed residence for people with severe learning disabilities.
But with funding from Welsh Government and ClwydAlyn, it’s been redeveloped into four one-bedroom flats with staffed communal areas – giving residents more independence, while still making sure they get the help they need.
The construction work has been undertaken by North Wales firm Williams Homes, and the rejuvenated building welcomed its first residents earlier this year.
Suzanne Mazzone, Executive Director of Housing Services at ClwydAlyn, said:
“We’ve been able to redevelop Heddwch into a unique supported living facility to provide 24-hour care and support for residents, whilst also enabling independent living through safe and secure self-contained flats.
“The scheme has been made possible through strong partnership working between ClwydAlyn, Wrexham Council and Williams Homes, and we are delighted to have been able to work in collaboration to deliver high quality homes and support to enhance the lives of residents.”
More than 2% of adults in the UK are believed to have a learning disability, with different people affected in different ways.
For some, it can make it much harder to manage day-to-day things like household tasks, socialising or understanding complicated information.
But with enough help, they can overcome these challenges and feel safer and more confident in life.
Councillor David Bithell, Wrexham Council’s Lead Member for Adult Social Care added:
“Heddwch is an ideal supported-living facility, and it’s already making a difference to people’s lives.
“It provides the right balance between support and independence, and is just one example of how the council and its partners are working to help people with learning difficulties.
“I’d like to thank everyone involved in Heddwch. It’s wonderful to see these kinds of projects come to fruition – they make a huge difference to so many people and their families.”
Welsh Government has provided funding through its Integrated Care Fund, which supports health and social care projects across Wales.