ELDERLY people in Bala have been given the opportunity to live independently with extra care.
A new care housing development is offering older people a new home, with modern amenities and facilities as well as independent living.
The housing scheme, Awel y Coleg, is in partnership with Cymdeithas Tai Clwyd, Gwynedd Council and the Welsh Government.
Bryn and Sylwen Davies moved to the complex, which sits beneath Coleg y Bala in the town, in December 2012.
Mrs Davies, 79, said: “We have been welcomed with open arms to Awel y Coleg and we’ve settled in extremely well.
“We made the decision to move here as we both felt the time was right for us. I had a fall at home a few months ago, and my husband’s health has been deteriorating.
“We have our privacy in our own flat when we want it but can socialise with our friends in the communal areas as and when we please.
“The facilities here are second to none, the staff are friendly and most of all there is already a close-knit community spirit here.
“If I’ve been out into town and return to the complex, as soon as I step in through the main entrance, I feel as if I’ve arrived home.”
Each private flat in the complex includes a kitchen, living room and bathroom as well as communal lounges, dining room and recreational activities.
Bala’s county councillor, Dilwyn Morgan said: “This is the first facility of its kind in Gwynedd and speaking to the new residents at Awel y Coleg, they have settled in well.
“We are all delighted with the facillities and care available to our residents here on our doorstep in Bala.
“Locally, we are working with the team of staff at Awel y Coleg and Age Concern Gwynedd a Môn to arrange social trips, outings and activities for the residents.
“I will be part of the team designated to drive the residents on days out to visit local attractions and participate in social activities.”
For further information on how to apply, contact Owain Gwent the scheme manager on 0345 230 3150.