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Guest article – ClwydAlyn

ClwydAlyn housing association in partnership with Wrexham Council and developers Harley and Clarke will soon welcome its first tenants into a new supported living scheme in Wrexham that will provide a safe haven for single parents and their children.

This comes following a recent review into supported living which identified a need for specific accommodation within the area.

Executive Director of Care & Support at ClwydAlyn, Edward Hughes said:

“Created with the hope to provide safety, refuge and guidance to pregnant women, or a parent with young babies who have little or no support; this collaborative venture will offer a safe haven for giving them the hope they need to get back on their feet.

“Many of these parents are no stranger to abuse, neglect and trauma and this new scheme will be a place where they will be welcomed with open arms into safety.

“Now in its final stages of development, the scheme will provide residents with the love they need to help them thrive, offering support throughout pregnancy, birth and beyond with their children in a safe space that will hopefully help them find a way forward.”

The accommodation will consist of four units with shared communal lounges such as a resident lounge, kitchen, dining room and garden, staffed 24 hours a day 365 days a year.

Each resident will have a dedicated support officer, with the support being tailored to meet the individual needs and aspirations of residents. During their stay we will equip them with the skills to enable them to live independently in the community whether this being learning how to manage a home, improve their health and wellbeing, or access employment or training.

The support workers will also work alongside our residents to help prepare for motherhood during their pregnancy and to assist them to build a strong foundation to go on and enjoy a fulfilling and rewarding lifetime as a parent.

Councillor David A Bithell, Wrexham Council’s Lead Member for Housing, said:

“Every parent and baby should have somewhere safe, where they can get the support and kindness, they need to build a positive future.

“As a council, we’re committed to protecting vulnerable parents and their children, and this new supported housing facility will make a real difference to so many lives.

“I’m delighted we’ve been able to work with ClwydAlyn on this project, and it’s a great example of how organisations can work together to support the most vulnerable in our communities.”

Edward Hughes added:

“No single parent should be left alone or afraid, and these new homes will ensure that they will be placed in a safe and supportive environment that will help them rebuild their lives and enable them to become strong, independent, and focused parents.”

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