Fantastic response in Barry and St Athan

Programme One: Golau Caredig, Broad Street, Barry. 

Thursdays - 9.30am to 11.30am

This group has been running on a weekly basis since 2014 at Hafod Care Housing Association. The Balanced Lives program supports residents at Golau Caredig and the surrounding area. This very successful group appreciate the benefit of specific exercise techniques to improve their mobility and balance as well as the work done to reduce the chance of falls. The group have a fantastic rapport and look forward to seeing each other every week. Each individual has a thorough health check; including blood pressure and weight management along with nutritional advice. We are very pleased to report great progress in all of these areas. In fact, the vast improvement in general health, confidence and wellbeing for the Balanced Lives participants has been nothing short of remarkable. 

There is a difference between a ‘care home’ and an ‘Independent Living Scheme’ – the later being simply a series of self contained flats with a communal area for eating and relaxing/getting to know the other residents. It may appear that being in a care home or independent living scheme is the solution to older people’s care, but there is a certain degree of loneliness and alienation, due to many surprising and different factors. The Balanced Lives programme has been hugely successful in Barry in bringing residents together, helping them to get mobile and increase social interaction.


Programme Two: Rondel House, Maes-y-Cwn Street, Barry 

Balanced Lives offers a unique weekly service to people in the community that visit Rondel House Day Service suffering from age related frailty, chronic illness, disability or dementia. The people visiting the centre have been assessed and referred by Social Services. The targeted exercise and social interaction has greatly improved their health and ability to live independently.


Programme Three: The Gathering Place, St Athan, Vale Of Glamorgan

From: 11am-1pm

This group began at Hafod Care day centre in March 2018. It already has a regular following of people that are all benefiting from the mild exercise, mindfulness and social interaction programs, tailored to individual needs.


Case Studies from Barry: 

Frances Mitchell (resident)

Frances has limited mobility, but she has made huge progress on the Balanced Lives Programme.  She felt that even though the care was good, she wasn't getting enough social interaction.

I was getting no stimulation whatsoever before these programmes. I feel the social interaction is as important as the exercise. Independent living means you can manage on your own, but need a certain degree of support. Some of the people here need total support, but that’s not me, so I felt very isolated. The Balanced Lives programme is marvelous, the interaction in phenomenal.