A former manor house on the outskirts of Dolgellau in Gwynedd, north-west Wales, is set to reopen after a major refurbishment to provide a home for adults with learning disabilities, mental health needs and associated complex needs.
Cerrig Camu, parts of which date back to 1596, will provide three individual services on three separate floors in the building that looks across the valley to the spectacular Cadair Idris mountain range.
The service, run by care specialists Regard, will complement the organisation’s OWL (Outcomes for Learning) day resource centre in the grounds of the 11 acre estate that opened in April.
“We’re delighted to have transformed the living areas of this tired-looking building into a comfortable place to live,” said Cerrig Camu service manager Andrew Papirynk.
“There was a lot of wasted space in the old lay-out that we’ve been able to utilise to provide beautiful, spacious rooms for our individuals, including en-suite bathrooms for each bedroom.
“People can decide how they want to decorate their rooms themselves and pick their own furnishings and colour scheme, including an ‘accent wall’ in colours they can choose themselves.”
In addition there are shared living rooms and a kitchen diner on each floor of the manor house where people can come together to socialise.
The ground floor will be home to individuals with therapeutic needs and possible mobility needs and the two upper floors for people with acquired brain injury, challenging behaviour, learning disability and mental health issues. All three floors will be run as separate units.
“We will be providing a pathway to greater independence with small focussed specialist services, including behaviour management support, bespoke support plans with long-term targets and activities that help people develop life skills,” added Andrew.
“Each person will have long-term individual targets separated into small, achievable goals, and be supported to live as full a life as possible and accomplish as much as they are able.”
People will also be able to attend the on-site OWL Centre where, according to their abilities, individuals will be able to take part in projects including arts and crafts, animal husbandry, horticulture, music, woodwork, home economics, IT, education, social skill development and lifelong learning.
Cerrig Camu, formerly known as Dolryhd, was built by Griffith Nanney of Nannau, whose family had been seated in Merioneth since the 13th century and who was elected to Parliament in 1593. The building still retains many of the original features and character.
Regard is an independent provider of care with its activities monitored by the Care Council for Wales. For further information contact the referrals hotline on 0800 840 0313 or visit: www.regard.co.uk.