The former Brynmawr Health Clinic on Lower Bailey Street had stood empty for a number of years.
Thanks to the Welsh Government Land and Buildings Development Fund (formerly known as the Land Release Fund), the building was demolished in June 2020 to make way for a small development of supported housing accommodation, delivered in partnership with United Welsh, Aneurin Bevan Health Board, Blaenau Gwent Council and the Welsh Government’s Integrated Care Fund.
Managed in partnership with Aneurin Bevan University Health Board as part of the Acorn Project, Acer House provides homes and individual, specialist support for people to learn and develop the skills, experience, and confidence to thrive independently. It is a unique, collaborative service model by the housing and health sectors, that puts residents at the core.
New resident Molly moved to Acer House in September. She said:
“Moving here has helped me a lot. I feel like I can grow into who I really want to be, and I have an amazing team of staff behind me to support me through my journey. Acer House means a lot to me.”
Karen Tipple, Director of Specialist Housing and Wellbeing at United Welsh said:
“We’re really proud of the services we’ve created with Aneurin Bevan University Health Board. Our partnership is a unique model that allows us to shape services in a way that creates real and effective change for the residents we support.
“Acer House is a major step forward in our partnership and we look forward to continuing to see the positive impact the project creates for people’s lives.”