Staff at soon-to-shut Welsh care home prefer redundancy over another job


Staff at Arwelfa care home in South Wales have said most of them would rather redundancy than being transferred to another home.

The Croeserw home, run by Gwalia, is set to permanently close in April next year providing no one decides to take it over, under proposals from Neath Port Talbot Council.

A letter sent to the South Wales Evening Post from the staff and residents of the home said: “The majority of staff want redundancy and not for Neath Port Talbot Council and Gwalia to look good by redeploying staff where they don’t want to go.”

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It continued: “Trem-y-Glyn has been given a reprieve of six years and we were given just eight months.

“The staff are shocked and very upset over this and for the well-being of residents’ future. Without sounding selfish, we are also worried about our own personal difficulties ahead including finances.

“Many of us do not drive and some are not in a position to have two cars in a household due to a lack of finances hence why so many of us have made Arwelfa our career.

“There are already very poor job opportunities without our valleys without yet another closure. We feel very let down by the council.

“There was no compassion for our elderly residents and their families who are devastated and need to find a new home for their loved ones who have lived in the Afan Valley for most of their lives.”

The South Wales Evening Post reported that Richard Davies, managing director of care and support at Pobl Group, which oversees Gwalia, said: “Over the coming weeks we will be talking with every member of staff in detail about their options during this period of change.

“We have also been supporting our residents and are in regular contact with families, reflecting our absolute commitment to providing the highest quality of care and support in Neath Port Talbot.”

Care Home Professional reported last month that Trem-y-Glyn care home in neighbouring Glynneath will remain open until 2022 as long as nobody takes over the site before then.

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Tags : Afan ValleyArwelfaGlynneathGwaliaPobl GroupTrem-y-Glyn
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