Wishing well unveiled to mark World Mental Health Day

Tenants at Parc Hafod in Whitchurch, Cardiff have unveiled a wishing well to mark World Mental Health Day and to act as a memorial for friends who have passed away.

Built by us in 1986, the scheme provides supported housing for up to 30 people aged 50 and over who are living with or recovering from long-term health issues.

Tenants receive tailored support based on their individual needs from a team of dedicated support workers. This can range from daily life and home-management skills, accessing education and advocacy services to maintaining health and well-being and taking part in social activities.

Staff commissioned the wishing well from Vision 21, a charity which provides realistic work-based opportunities for people with learning needs.

It will be a welcome edition to the garden, which is very popular and well used by tenants.

To mark the unveiling, tenant Paul Hailes read a poem in memory of his friends and neighbours at Parc Hafod who recently passed away.

We were joined by local Councillors Adrian Robson (Rhiwbina) and Mike Jones-Pritchard (Whitchurch). Guests from our other supported housing schemes also attended and everyone enjoyed a buffet kindly donated by the Greggs Bakery in Whitchurch.

Christine Crocker, Support Manager at Hafod said: “Parc Hafod is a great example of how we support people with mental health issues to remain living independently and be active members of their local community. Accommodation with dedicated tailored support makes a huge difference to people’s lives and can significantly reduce the need for NHS intervention and hospital stays.”