DENBIGHSHIRE residents interested in finding out more about a new extra care facility, which promotes comfortable homes and complete independence, are being encouraged to attend a virtual open day.

Awel y Dyffryn in Denbigh has been developed by housing association Grŵp Cynefin, and it is the most ambitious scheme of its type in the history of the group.

The scheme is almost complete and is set to welcome its first residents in the autumn.

The virtual open day takes place over Zoom and there will be an opportunity to go on a ‘journey’ around one of the flats, see a video of the kind of resources offered and ask questions about the scheme to Grŵp Cynefin staff.

People living in Denbighshire and aged 60 and over will be given priority status at the scheme, which will offer a vibrant close-knit community as well as access to 24-hour care and support.

The £12m facility, which comprises 66 apartments and landscaped gardens, promotes a social lifestyle. Tenants can meet others in communal areas such as rooms for activities whilst still enjoying the privacy of their flat.

There is also an additional facility for friends and family to stay overnight in guest suites on-site.

Anyone interested in finding out more is urged to sign up for a virtual open day on Tuesday 13 April.

Grŵp Cynefin’s head of housing services, Noela Jones, said: “Everybody in Grŵp Cynefin is excited about this new development. We’re looking forward to welcoming residents through the doors of Awel y Dyffryn and we hope the modern apartments and wider facilities such as the garden will make it feel like home.

“We have already had people put their names down to live at Awel y Dyffryn. These types of schemes are vital in communities as they enable older people to continue living independently and enjoy the independence they had before, whilst being assured there is always access to care and support.

“As well as having your apartment, there will be an on-site hairdresser, restaurant and laundry room as well as rooms for activities to promote good health and wellbeing.

“It’s shame that due to COVID restrictions we are not able to host the open day at Awel y Dyffryn itself, but we will be aiming to ensure attendees get a good feel for the scheme.”

Awel y Dyffryn features 42 two-bedroom and 24 one-bedroom apartments, with each one consisting of a bathroom, kitchen and living area. It is the fifth for Grŵp Cynefin, which also has other developments in Bala, Porthmadog, Holyhead and Ruthin.

Awel y Dyffryn, built by North Wales-based RL Davies, has also resulted in significant local investment, with 80 per cent of subcontractor and major supplier appointments made within 30 miles of the extra care scheme and local apprentices from Coleg Llandrillo and other trainees benefiting from work experience.

Phil Gilroy, Denbighshire County Council’s head of community support services, said: “We are extremely proud to be working in partnership on this important project with Grŵp Cynefin.

“Awel y Dyffryn will help older Denbighshire residents maintain and improve their independence while also supporting our communities to be more resilient

“We encourage all interested residents to attend the virtual open day to learn about the fantastic support this new great new facility will offer them.”