Lights, camera, action for Ty Cwm choristers

Three residents at our Ty Cwm Extra Care Scheme in Merthyr Tydfil who love to sing became television stars recently as they took part in filming for an S4C programme.

The television programme will mark the 10 year anniversary of a famous Welsh song ‘Anfonaf Angel’ by tenor Rhys Meirion, which means in English ‘we’ll send you an angel’. The song has very important meaning to a lot of people because it has helped them through difficult times such as loneliness, bereavement and mental health conditions.

Sarah Westall, Ann Hunt and Carol Gillard all live at Ty Cwm and are active members of local choir, Merthyr Aloud, which was approached to take part in the special programme.

Ty Cwm promotes independent living later in life and also has strong links with the local community which has been invaluable to Sarah, Ann and Carol. Residents at Ty Cwm have their own apartment but also enjoy a range of communal areas including a restaurant, games room and library.

Sarah and her husband, David, moved to Ty Cwm in 2012 after David suffered a heart attack. They made the decision with their family that they should move closer to relatives and were extremely pleased that Sarah’s sister, Pauline, who lived with them at the time, was also able to move to Ty Cwm. This meant they were all able to stay together and access tailored care and support for each of their needs.

Sarah and David told us that moving to Ty Cwm has made a significant difference to all their lives, particularly their mental and physical health which has improved enormously. So much so, they felt they could give something back to other residents and are founding members of the Friends of Ty Cwm, a social club which enables residents to enjoy social trips, activities such as bowling and other entertainment.

Ann has lived at Ty Cwm for six years and enjoys going swimming, playing bingo and going on weekends away. She said: “If I’d continued to live at my previous property I would have been isolated but instead I’ve made many friends and enjoy a varied social life at Ty Cwm.”

Carol (pictured playing pool) is 67 and also moved to Ty Cwm in 2012 after her late partner passed away. Initially she preferred to keep to herself. However, over time and with the support of our staff she’s made lots of new friends and enjoys an active social life. She commented: “they’ve helped me to maintain my independence and supported me at times when I’ve required assistance.”

The programme is scheduled to air between Christmas and New Year so make sure you tune in!

Ty Cwm consists of 60 self-contained apartments offering independent living and a range of support from daily care visits to tenancy support if required. There’s also a programme of regular activities which residents can participate in as much or as little as they wish. To find out more about Ty Cwm click here or call 01685 354570.