Golau Caredig officially opened
Published Wednesday 29 April 2015
The Vale of Glamorgan’s first extra care housing scheme Golau Caredig was officially opened by Welsh Government Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty, Lesley Griffiths, on Tuesday 28 April.
Located in the centre of Barry, Golau Caredig provides affordable independent living accommodation for people over 55 in the form of 42 purpose-built one and two-bedroom flats. Optional individual care and support is provided via an in-house domiciliary care and tenant support service.
Tenants also have access to a range of facilities including a restaurant, hairdressers, laundrette, communal lounge and IT suite plus a full programme of regular activities to help them stay active and healthy.
Resident Gill Hand, originally from Birmingham, moved to Penarth 14 years ago with her husband Eric in order to be closer to their two daughters.
Gill, age 78, has Multiple Sclerosis and is in a wheelchair, and husband Eric, age 80, was her sole carer. However living in a privately rented flat took its toll on the couple, who say the move to Golau Caredig has transformed their lives.
Gill said: “Our old flat was too small and we were struggling with day to day living. It was difficult getting out of the house and we were becoming very isolated. Our lives have completely changed. We have plenty of space and help is on hand should we need it.
“We’ve made lots of friends and we can get out to the shops easily. Eric’s even been able to start playing bowls again.”
The scheme, built in partnership by the Vale of Glamorgan Council and Hafod Care, benefited from over £5m from the Welsh Government’s Social Housing Grant Programme, helping to regenerate the Barry area and create 50 local jobs.
The blue and green glass façade was designed by architectural glass artist Kate Maestri, who took her inspiration from the local landscape and history of Barry, and funded by a public art contribution.
Golau Caredig has also been shortlisted under the Residential category of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Wales 2015 awards. These showcase the achievements of the most inspirational regional initiatives and developments in land, property, construction and the environment. The winners will be announced in Cardiff on May 14.