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New learning disability service launched in Flintshire

Hft, a national charity supporting adults with learning disabilities, has opened a new day opportunities service in Flintshire, designed to support people to develop their skills and take part in activities tailored to their individual needs and interests.

The new service, named Hwb Dyffryn, is run in partnership with Flintshire County Council and offers day opportunities in eight-week programmes, allowing people to enjoy a variety of activities.

Hwb Dyffryn is run from a newly renovated building located near Greenfield Valley Heritage Park, surrounded by 70 acres of woodland, lakes and a museum. It consists of four main areas, including a furniture upcycling space, a computer suite, a design and craft room and a beauty salon. 

The upcycling space will support service users to transform furniture into modern pieces, for resale online and in the community, while the salon will enable them to complete a professionally recognised qualification to take forward into employment. Other activities will range from developing skills such as CV writing, photography and sign language in the computer suite, to using sewing machines and taking part in flower arranging in the craft area.

The service’s opening follows on from Hft launching its first Flintshire venture, Hwb Cyfle, in 2018. Hft Flintshire now supports 270 people locally with day services, work opportunities, and job finding, coaching and support provision for work placements in local businesses and organisations.

Courtney, who is supported at Hwb Dyffryn, said: 

“I like coming to Hwb Dyffryn to see my friends and learn new skills in the salon and at upcycling. The staff are amazing and always happy to support me, make me happy and my day fun.”

Jordan Smith, Regional Manager at Hft, said: 

“We’re delighted to have opened Hwb Dyffryn here in Flintshire. At Hft, we’re so passionate about supporting adults with learning disabilities to have as many opportunities as possible, and a key part of that is ensuring people are able to pursue their own interests, rather than being limited by what’s on offer. That’s why we’ve worked with the people we support to develop a tailored eight-week programme that aims to give people as much variety and stimulation as possible, as well as developing skills that can lead to transformative opportunities such as paid employment. As people settle into the new service, we couldn’t be more excited to watch them flourish.”

Cllr Christine Jones, Cabinet Member for Social Services, said:

“We are really impressed with how Hwb Dyffryn has been transformed from an empty workshop unit into a bright and vibrant service for people with learning disabilities locally. I look forward to seeing the service and the people attending continue to thrive in the future.” 

To find out more about services Hft offers in Flintshire, visit: www.hft.org.uk/hftflintshire