During last winter when the COVID pandemic was rife and visits to residential units for the elderly were severely restricted, Brecon Abbeyfield became increasingly aware that the Government’s scheme for providing secure “visiting pods” for care homes would unfortunately not apply to the type of supported housing scheme provided by Abbeyfield. This was regretted since Abbeyfield residents suffered the same visiting restrictions as care homes. The Abbeyfield Board and Manager, Emma Debenham became determined to seek alternative methods for safe visitation.
A scheme was required to enable friends and family to safely visit residents when restrictions allowed without the need to enter the main Abbeyfield building which is situated at Station Close off Camden Road. Details of the proposed scheme, a small partially enclosed extension with comfortable seating, adjacent to the main entrance, was submitted to the National Lottery Community Fund: Awards for All Covid 19 Scheme, and this proved successful.
The project has now been completed as the photographs depict, and helpfully, the extension is both ready for any further visiting restrictions whilst also providing an area for the residents to sit, relax and catch up with friends and family in attractive and comfortable surroundings.
Brecon Abbeyfield extends its sincere thanks to the National Lottery for its valuable support at a particularly difficult time during the national crisis. Special thanks also goes to former Trustee, Alban Dunn for all his hard work securing the grant.