A First for Gwynedd

The first Age Well Centre in Gwynedd will be officially opened on Wednesday, 12 October, with an Open Day offering special taster sessions and information stalls.

The Centre is situated at Nefyn, on the Llŷn peninsula, which is a joint project, run by Age Cymru Gwynedd a Môn and Bangor University. The Centre is open to anyone aged 50 and over, and offers a variety of activities such as Tai Chi, Arts and Crafts and Environmental projects.

The Centre will be open three days a week – Monday, Wednesday and Friday – from 9.30am to 3.30pm.

“We’re very pleased to be opening this invaluable Age Well Centre, which is located within the brand new Community Centre in Nefyn,” says Age Cymru Gwynedd a Môn Chief Executive, John Clifford Jones. “We hope that it will develop into a vibrant meeting place for the over 50s of the area. We’ll be offering a variety of courses and activities at the Centre, there will be something there for everyone.

“I would also like to thank our partners in this project, Bangor University, for their support. It’s exciting that we can work together to enrich the lives of the over 50s of Gwynedd. The research that the University will be carrying out at the Centre will also provide invaluable information which will, it is hoped, in time, further help the older members of our communities.”

“I'm very excited about this innovative partnership with Age Cymru Gwynedd a
Môn,” says Professor Linda Care, of Bangor University’s School of Psychology.  “By  working together to help older people maintain their well-being and
quality of life, we will be able to gather firm evidence about the benefits
the AgeWell Centre brings for the over 50s of Gwynedd, which should support
further initiatives in the future.”

Five members of staff will be employed at the Centre, but owing to its range of activities, Age Cymru Gwynedd a Môn are always on the look out for volunteers.

Says Volunteer Co-ordinator Terry Jones, “We’d love to hear from anyone who has some free time to spare. We couldn’t offer the range of services we do without the help of our volunteers. We appreciate every hour of your time. If you’d like to help, please contact us at our base in Caernarfon, tel: 01286 677711 or by e-mail: elaine@acgm.co.uk. Volunteer work is extremely satisfying, and it’s fun! You get to meet so many interesting people.”

Publication date: 10 October 2011