A small Swansea care home specialising in helping women with mental health needs welcomed some very special guests today.
Ty Ddol Awel in Dunvant – which is run by community care specialists Integra – was visited by local AM Julie James and
rugby players Matthew Dwyer and Jo Rees from one of Wales’s leading clubs – Ospreys.
The VIPs mingled with clients, visiting members of the public and the Integra team and shared conversation over morning coffee and special Ospreys cup cakes.
The guests also had the chance to win tickets to the Ospreys fixture against Castres Olympique in December. Integra will also be taking residents from the home to see the team play against Northampton in the new year.
Peter Max, director of Integra, said: “It was a real pleasure to have an open house today to welcome not only our special guests, but also local members of the community into the home as we celebrate Ty Ddol Awel’s re-launch as a women’s service”.
“Care homes are one of the cornerstones of the community providing an important part of the solution to support people with mental health needs’ recovery to live independently. It is important for our clients to feel welcome and a real part of their local neighbourhood and we hope today helped bringing people together.”
Around 50 people attended the open day.
Julie James AM said: “It was nice to see so many people turn out to support the event. This is an amazing home that provides specialised care for women with mental health needs who are being supported by Integra to live in the community and to increase their independence and ability to move-on from the care home to live independently in the community. I was delighted to be involved in the re-launch of Ty Ddol Awel as a dedicated women’s service.”
Matthew Dwyer from the Ospreys said: “We have supporters from across the city and we like to get out and about to meet them whenever we can. “
Jo added: “It’s been a good morning – we were particularly impressed by the Ospreys cup cakes which we’ve never had before!”
As a memento of the day, clients at the home have been presented with a signed Ospreys shirt, which they are planning to frame and display in the house. Integra will also be gifting a signed Ospreys rugby ball to the PTA of a local school.