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Community Collaboration Pilot Scheme to Begin in Aberystwyth to Help Residents to Live Later Life Well

A Welsh care home and community scheme have merged to set up a collaborative day centre for the local community.

MHA Hafan y Waun care home and MHA Communities Aberystwyth will be working together to encourage older people to get involved with a whole host of activities and services planned.

The home provides residential dementia care for 90 residents, in purpose-built, en suite accommodation while MHA Communities Aberystwyth helps to tackle loneliness and isolation in people over 55 through befriending, lunch clubs, assisted shopping, activity and friendship sessions, outings, assistance to attend appointments and much more.

The scheme is the first of its kind for MHA, and will officially open on Wednesday 18 May from 10am at its base at Waun Fawr in Aberystwyth.

The opening day will be split into two sessions, which members of the community who are aged over 55 are encouraged to attend.

Karen Rees Roberts, communities’ manager at MHA Communities Aberystwyth, said:
“The launch day is an opportunity for people to be a part of this scheme as their input and feedback will be most valuable to the expansion and creation of MHA Communities.

“The Rt Hon High Sheriff of Dyfed, Rowland Rees Evans and his wife Sian will be in attendance as well as members from the wider community.

“By bringing the local community and care home under one roof, people from the local community and residents will have access to support and activities, extending our reach to those most in need beyond the care home.

“In order to deliver this service, we will create a community centre within the care home. This centre will enable us to welcome members from the local community into the care home.

“Befriending will be a key service, connecting members of the scheme and residents with volunteers.

“We plan to use MHA Communities Aberystwyth as a model to shape our future work across the UK.”