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Charity breathes a sigh of relief after land purchase

By Carmarthen Journal  |  Posted: June 15, 2011

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AN under-threat Llangadog care home has all but secured its future by buying the land where it is based.

Glasallt Fawr, set on a 90-acre farm near the village, has been independently run since 2006.

It could have been forced to move because the lease on its land was coming to an end.

But finance manager Helen Thomas said the purchase has calmed nerves among staff, and the home is now confident of its future plans.

"It has improved morale around here, certainly," she said. "The lease we had was only for a certain length of time so we could have been forced to look for something else.

"Buying the land has given us insurance and we can do what we want with the building."

Glasallt Fawr has operated as an independent charity since 2006, providing care for adults up to age 65 who have learning disabilities.

It currently houses 19 people, with a capacity for five more.

But buying the land means it could purchase an adjoining bungalow, which would mean it could increase their accommodation capacity to 24 residents.

"After more than five years as an independent charity, the time was right for us to invest in the long-term security of our residents by purchasing the land and buildings.

"With support, we have been able to realise our development plans which will put the charity on a more secure footing going forward."

The centre's management purchased the property and its adjoining land from the college using an undisclosed NatWest support package.

Relationship manager at the bank Neil Williams said: "Having been to Glasallt Fawr myself and seen the tremendous work that goes on there, I am very pleased that we have been able to assist with the funding of this project.

"This will further enable the charity to establish itself as a fully independent charitable organisation and I wish them well."

The home offers farm work, arts and crafts workshops, social and cultural activities and adult education courses for up to 24 residents.

With a team of 47 staff, the centre said it aims to provide meaningful work which allows each individual to contribute to the best of their ability.

They residents take an active role in running the houses and keeping the farm animals in check, including cattle, chickens, goats, pigs and sheep.

The home is also very active within the local communities of Llangadog and Llandovery.

It is a member of Camphill Communities, which is a movement founded in the 1940s to create communities where vulnerable children and adults with learning difficulties can live and work with others based on mutual care and respect.

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