Traditional mouth-watering Sunday roasts are providing the focus for helping people with learning difficulties at Cerrig Cornel, a supported living service run by care provider Regard in Llanegryn. Tenants are supported to prepare and share the meals in the aptly-named Wooden Spoon Barn every week.
The building, which is the focal point of Cerrig Cornel, has a large communal kitchen where the shared meals take place, a pool room and a relaxation and massage centre.
Occupying a traditional 19th century farmstead, Cerrig Cornel has been extended and converted to offer permanent and respite accommodation with round-the-clock support for people with learning disabilities and/or mental health problems.
Service manager, Michelle Richardson, said: “We all look forward to the weekly Sunday roast, which staff and tenants fund together and prepare in rotation. It’s always a lovely friendly meal, and a good chance to catch up with each others’ news.
“The communal kitchen is also used for shared meals from time to time during the week, but the Sunday roast – which we started in response to a suggestion from individuals – is definitely a highlight of the week.”
The Wooden Spoon Barn is also the venue for cookery tuition, which helps individuals learn how to cook their own favourite dishes which they can then prepare independently, in their own kitchens, whenever they wish.
Michelle Richardson said: “We are blessed with a very talented team of staff who support our residents in so many different ways. One is a trained masseur, whose expertise is much appreciated by the individuals living her whilst another, who is amazingly good at craftwork, leads regular creative workshops, teaching new skills such as decoupage.”
A recent refurbishment programme at Cerrig Cornel has resulted in some new availability at the site, including two brand-new, fully-equipped self-contained single occupancy flats.
Cerrig Cornel is able to provide services for adults with learning disabilities; mental disabilities and some physical disabilities. 24-hour help is available to support the individuals, all of whom have the potential for living independently but need practical help and guidance to enable them to thrive and flourish.
Michelle Richardson said: “We work hard to taking account of all aspects of our tenants’ individual interests and needs. This applies just as much to those who come to us for respite care as to our permanent tenants.”
For more information on care and support from Regard, head to www.regard.co.uk