New dementia service provides support in the Vale

Ellin and Dawn test out the new sofa

Ty Hapus, a new centre for people with dementia has opened at 163 Holton Road, Barry.

Health professionals and other interested parties were invited to view the facilities at a launch event on 12th December, with entertainment provided by singer and guitarist Heather Jones.

Ellin Jones, the centre’s Support Services Manager and Dawn John, Branch Manager of the Alzheimer’s Society, Cardiff and Vale, were on hand to give guided tours of the impressive premises.

The Halo Lounge and dining room at the front of the building is classically and comfortably furnished, and is intended for people under the age of 65 with a diagnosis of dementia. Daytime activities such as day trips, art and crafts, music and singing, gentle exercise and allotment gardening will be on offer for those using the Halo Lounge.

Heather Jones entertains visitors to Ty HapusThe Moondance Cafe, at the rear of the centre, is designed in a New England seaside style, and offers a calm and comfortable environment with newspapers, magazines and board games. This is a quiet space for all people with dementia, their carers, family, friends and professionals, who are welcome to drop in for a coffee, relax, and obtain information on the Alzheimer’s Society and other organisations.

Moondance also has a wellbeing room which will be used for counselling, holistic therapies, hairdressing and beauty treatments. There is Wi-Fi available in the cafe, and a number of social events are already being planned there.

Ty Hapus was founded by Justine Pickering to provide services to people with dementia in the Vale of Glamorgan. The charity is working in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Society.

Ty Hapus is open Monday to Thursday between 10am and 4pm. If you would like further information, please contact Ellin Jones on (01446) 738024.