Independence – Support – Community

Awel y Coleg

If you or a family member are looking for independent living accommodation for an older person, then Awel y Coleg in the market town of Bala, in Gwynedd could be the place for you.

Awel y Coleg is an extra care housing scheme developed in 2012 by Grwp Cynefin in partnership with Cyngor Gwynedd. Located opposite Ysgol Godre’r Berwyn, the scheme provides housing, support and care services for people over 55 years of age.

Awel y Coleg offers older people the very best of independent modern living in a comfortable and safe surrounding. This facility has a real sense of community spirit.

You will be able to continue to live independently in one of our 30 self-contained apartments, with the reassurance that care and support is on hand 24 hours a day, if required.

Residents are supported and encouraged to live a full and active life, develop their interests and hobbies and to maintain their health and wellbeing. Grwp Cynefin staff provide housing related support for all tenants and there is a dedicated and experienced care team is on site 24 hours a day. Personalised, flexible support and care plans, should they be required, will be developed with you to suit your current and future needs.

With your own front door, your apartment is your home where you can continue to cook, entertain and enjoy an independent lifestyle. Each apartment consists of a kitchen, living area, bathroom and bedroom. The scheme is designed to enable you live in your own home for as long as possible and to make independent living easier.

Renting a one or two bedroom apartment at Awel y Coleg would also give you access to communal lounges where you could socialise with other residents and enjoy various planned activities, such as arts and crafts, coffee mornings, exercise class, quizzes, choir singing, gardening and intergenerational sessions with local children and young people. There is also a hobbies or craft room for tenants to enjoy.

Outside in the secure central garden, you’ll find a great place to relax and enjoy the fresh air. Living at Awel y Coleg enables you to maintain your independence and privacy whilst having the choice and opportunities to socialise and join-in as you wish.

A midday meal is served in the communal dining area daily, giving all residents the opportunity to enjoy a delicious and well-balanced meal and chat over lunch.

If you or your family member want a chat or further information about Awel y Coleg, please get in touch.

For more information call 0300 111 2122 or email:

Key features:

  • Your own tenancy and your own front door
  • Care and support available 24 hours a day
  • Activities and community spirit
  • 24 careline alarm service in each apartment
  • 24 hour emergency maintenance service
  • Each apartment with fully fitted kitchen, bathroom, bedroom and lounge area
  • Accessible design – level access showers, lifts and scooter store
  • Secure door entry system
  • Communal areas – lounges and activities rooms
  • Dining room
  • Laundry
  • Hair salon
  • Guest room
  • Garden and outside patio area
  • Ample car parking

Awel y Coleg resident: “We’re very fortunate to live in such a wonderful place, with caring staff working here and looking after us so well.”

Awel y Coleg resident: “It’s been a breath of fresh air singing with the children, and has bought back to me some wonderful memories of my days teaching youngsters.”

Canolfan Gerdd William Mathias representative: “We feel that both generations have enriched each other’s lives through this arts project, and it has been wonderful to see both generations learning together and from each other.

Grwp Cynefin’s Senior Older Person’s Officer: “Continuing to be independent and enjoying the things that have been an integral part of your life is very important to the residents of Awel y Coleg. In fact, we encourage interests that activate both body and mind.”

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