Two weeks ago, Bridgend AM Carwyn Jones was delighted to celebrate the achievement of Valleys to Coast in gaining the RNIB Visibly Better Platinum Award for its Llys Ton Extra Care facility in Kenfig Hill. The Platinum award is the highest level of accreditation the RNIB can award.
To earn the Platinum award, Valleys to Coast provide large print documentation where needed for its tenants, promote good eye health, work with the local authority sensory team to identify need for improved lighting and each flat has different coloured front doors and matching exterior décor.
The facility has on site staff, a lift, a lounge, a laundry, a garden, a conservatory, a hairdressing salon and an IT suite. There is a large dining room where residents can have their meals. There are also generous circulation spaces capable of accommodating electric scooters, mobility aids and buggies making movement throughout the facility easier, secure and safe.
Carwyn Jones AM said “I would like to congratulate Valleys to Coast on their award. It is not an easy task to achieve the Platinum Award and is a great testament to the staff for their continuing efforts and commitment to ensure that Llys Ton is fully accessible to people with sight loss and to ensure that their tenants live in the best possible environment”.
Chief Executive of Valleys to Coast Stephen Cook said “It is a real honour to receive this award. It is a testament to the hard-work and passion of V2C colleagues and our partners at Reach and BCBC and the shared commitment they have to make a real difference to people’s lives”.
Ceri Jackson, Director RNIB Cymru, said: "Our Visibly Better awards make a huge difference to the lives of tenants. Often the changes are very simple but lead to a reduction in falls and accidents.
"Although the standards are aimed at improving accessibility for people with sight loss, they will benefit a wide range of tenants including people with dementia or mobility problems.
"We know that one in five people aged 75 and over are living with sight loss, and that sight loss is set to double in the next 25 years. I congratulate Valleys to Coast for achieving the highest level, a platinum award, helping to make every day better for people with sight loss."
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The photo was taken by Elin Edwards, Communications Manager RNIB Cymru (Royal National Institute of Blind People)
L-R, David Watkins (Visibly Better Co-ordinator for RNIB Cymru), Ceri Jackson (RNIB Cymru Director), Stephen Cook, Chief Executive of Valleys to Coast, Carwyn Jones AM and Jo Lawson (Independent Living Manager, RNIB Cymru)
Visibly Better Cymru is an accreditation scheme for supported housing and other public spaces. Organisations work towards six standards, which focus on different aspects of accessibility, and receive Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum levels of accreditation as they progress through the standards. Visibly Better accreditation is a hallmark of good practice, recognised by Welsh Government, which organisations can use in marketing materials to attract new clients and to include in tenders for contracts.