Following our successful online and face-to-face activities over the summer, we are delighted to announce our Autumn programme, which includes Afternoon Tea at Plas Antaron – a new weekly Dementia Café for Aberystwyth, a new Macmillan Living Well Group for people affected by cancer, a new art drop-in activity called Crafty Fridays and in October we’ll be launching our first Spirituality discussion group. There’s more in store, so watch out for more announcements in 2021 and keep an eye on our Events Calendar.
We’re also interested in hearing your ideas and suggestions for future activities and groups. Get in touch with Susie, our Services Coordinator by emailing email@example.com or call us on 01970 611 550
Amelia and Gwen were interviewed on Radio Aber as part of their coverage of Volunteers’ Week 2021. Amelia highlights the amazing work HAHAV’s volunteers do, supporting clients week in, week out. Gwen explains our new bereavement service, and the importance of offering bilingual services for clients who prefer to speak Welsh.
Radio Aber have posted a recording of the interview which you can listen to by clicking here.
HAHAV is excited to launch our new online services. Thanks to generous funding from the National Lottery’s Community Fund, we have been working to develop our new website and YouTube channel, which we hope will help to explain what we do and how we sit within the range of palliative care services available in Ceredigion. We’re also making accessing our services easier than ever, with simple new online forms for clients and healthcare professionals to make referrals.
Our new website features an Events Calendar that shows you our schedule of activities – including virtual and face-to-face events, workshops and group activities. In May and June, we’ll be hosting a Creative Writing workshop hosted by writer, Jacqueline Yallop and 6 Movement Therapy sessions with Matilda Tonkin Wells, Dance Artist and Movement Psychotherapist. Places are still available and you can book yours on our What’s On page.
Earlier in March, we caught up with two of our brilliant volunteers, Dai and Sue, to ask them about the kind of work they do with our Companionship and Help service. We filmed the videos in the garden at Plas Antaron over two different days, hence the sun is shining for Dai, but sadly not for Sue! They talk about how rewarding the work is and how much it is valued by their clients; also the frustrations they have been working through due to COVID-19 restrictions.
HAHAV has been awarded £54,700 by the Welsh Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA). The funding is part of the Welsh Government’s Third Sector Resilience Fund in the wake of the COVID pandemic. It will see two full time staff help establish HAHAV’s new day centre at Plas Antaron, Penparcau.
A Facilities Manager will coordinate activities at the centre and a Fundraiser will work to ensure a sustainable future for the charity and help develop its plans.
Commenting Dr Axford said, “This great news comes at a pivotal time as hopefully we gradually emerge from COVID restrictions. There is huge demand for support services by our volunteers, plus day respite for patients and carers. Undoubtedly there will be a backlog of new cases to come. Our plans for Plas Antaron have been seriously affected by lockdown and our main income from HAHAV’s shop has been drastically reduced this year. We are therefore very grateful for financial support via the WCVA to help accelerate the opening of our exciting new centre later this year.”
Glangwili Pulmonary Rehabilitation Team ran a six-week service for clients in February and March this year, using the spacious function room at HAHAV Plas Antaron and were linked to a second group running remotely group via Microsoft Teams and using HAHAV’s videoconferencing facilities. This amazing service and innovative service has been enormously beneficial to patients. Watch a short film about their work here: