Cartref Yn Y Coed is a new Pobl development of 45 homes for people aged 55+, in the Treberth area of Newport, and attached to the building is a new community hub facility called Y Sied.
Along with the residents and community, Pobl and partners have been developing and shaping a new community offer based at Y Sied which puts the community in the driving seat.
A 50-plus partnership network has been set up, led by Integrated Wellbeing Network, part of Aneurin Bevan Local Health Board, to support and help shape a bespoke service offer for the area, that puts customer and wellbeing at the heart of its approach.
This network has community, Pobl, PHW and Local Authority representation. All involved are committed to working together to develop an offer that is based on what matters to the community and what strengths and gifts the community has within it – An offer that is both supportive yet empowering, putting the community up front and leading the way.
Loneliness and isolation have long been a concern for this community, which is primarily made up of older people, which has only been further exasperated by the post Covid effect, yet in recent months both the existing and new community have come together to change things for themselves.
A new community group has formed, offering social events for residents and the local community, with activities ranging from coffee mornings, bingo, breakfast clubs, to social supper nights and community trips to name but a few.
These activities have directly contributed to improving the wellbeing of residents, some of whom say they ‘didn’t even have anyone to have a cuppa tea with before’. They have even recently held their first community family fun day event, raising over £1000 that will be reinvested to support the groups further growth and fund more events and activities in the future.
This has all being made possible through the dedication and hard work of key leaders in the community, both old and new, who have come together, supported and welcomed one another and together are a force to be reckoned with, achieving great things!
Pobl’s role has been only to support this growing and developing group, leading from the back, supporting with grant funding, training, and advice and guidance.
Pobl have also encouraged colleagues and external partners through the 50-plus network to utilise the available space at Y Sied, to host drop in surgeries, meetings and hold events and activities that welcome the community in and that provide a tangible benefit to that community.
Now Pobl are transforming one of the rooms into a salon to encourage local businesses to use on a low rate, rent a chair basis, supporting local business, whilst also providing a vital health, wellbeing and social offer for the community to utilise.
This is only the start of great things happening at Y Sied, with lots more to come!