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Independent Living for Adults with Learning Disabilities

11 December 2020

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Treorchy Regeneration Scheme to Provide Independent Living for Adults with Learning Disabilities

The regeneration of an empty building in Treorchy will soon provide much-needed independent living for adults with learning disabilities.

Housing association Trivallis has worked in partnership with Rhondda Cynon Taf Council, and contractor R&M Williams, to create 12 one-bed flats as part of the £1.5m Crown Avenue investment.

The Council, Trivallis and Catrefi Cymru will jointly manage the placement of individuals into the accommodation through a robust and reliable assessment process – which engages individuals, families and professionals to ensure the best and most appropriate outcomes are achieved.

Individuals will continue to receive support from the Council and Trivallis, while Catrefi Cymru will provide the commissioned care and support.

Jonathan Davies, Asset Regeneration Manager at Trivallis, said: “Working in partnership with RCTCBC, we identified the site as an ideal location to meet the need for specialist supported accommodation in the area.

“Trivallis’ Crown Avenue sheltered scheme for over 60’s had been decommissioned many years ago as it was not fit for purpose. The building had continued to remain empty but thanks to support from Welsh Government’s ICF grant and our partners, we have been able to totally transform it to provide a modern scheme that will contribute to the wellbeing of those who live there and the wider community.”

As well as 12 one-bed flats, the scheme comprises of an adapted shower room and bathroom, a visitor flat, and a communal kitchen and lounge. One of the flats will be available for respite care, contributing to the wellbeing of not only those living within the scheme, but also those living within the wider community. A staff office and bedroom also form part of the development, as a base for Catrefi Cymru to provide 24-hour onsite support.

Councillor Geraint Hopkins, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Cabinet Member with responsibility for Adult Services, said: “The development of Crown Avenue will provide modern, fit for purpose accommodation for individuals with a learning disability.  This scheme has allowed the Council to build on a solid foundation of modernising services and making Rhondda Cynon Taf a place people want to work and live.

“The scheme is ideally located close to main transport links and the thriving high-street town of Treorchy. The self-contained apartments have been finished to high a standard and designed to promote independence and choice, while being modern and inviting. Individuals will be in a safe and supportive environment with staff on site 24/7. This will promote positive risk taking and help individuals develop.”

Martyn Morris, Maintenance Director at R&M Williams, said: “We have faced many challenges navigating through this project during the COVID-19 pandemic. Back in December 2019 we took the existing building right back to the brick shell and essentially starting again with the insides after putting on a new roof.

“The collaboration between Trivallis, RCTCBC, the R&M Williams team, and all our consultants in the supply chain, means the entire building is finished to an excellent standard and fully compliant with the latest fire safety regulations. I’m so pleased with how the project has turned out and hope that those who live there will be very happy in their new home.”

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