Tyddyn Môn was founded in 1988 by the parents of adults with a learning disability who wanted a more rewarding occupation for their sons and daughters.
Since then the charity has been based at Hendy farm in Brynrefail where over 25 service users attend daily to learn and develop new skills through activities such as animal care, gardening, pottery, cooking, music, crafts and general ground maintenance to name a few. They also learn hospitality and customer service skills at Tŷ Crempog, a new pancake house being run by Tyddyn Môn on the farm.
Tyddyn Môn also works at 7 supported houses across Anglesey where service users are supported to live full and independent lives in their local communities.
Since 1988 the service users who attend the farm daily have helped transform it from a derelict and unusable site into a successful working farm, training centre and site for visitors. When Tyddyn Môn took ownership of Hendy farm it had not been used since the second world war and the farm and it’s land had been deteriorating for many years.For the first year the charity was based out of an old caravan in one of the fields as the original farmhouse lacked windows and doors and the walls were green with mould.
Slowly the farmhouse was rebuilt by the staff and service users and became the main base for the charity. At this time Tyddyn Môn relied on the local community as it was given just £70 a month to run everything, therefore donations were vital to keep the charity going andto provide support to the handful of service users who attended at the time. People in the local community were incredibly generous and donated everything from boxes of nails and wood to help rebuild the house to a donkey and even a parrot.
After a couple of years that charity was awarded a grant which enabled it to buy a JCB and clear the overgrown farm and also won the ‘Shell Better Britain’ award which brought in external funding and donations from a number of large companies and donors. This allowed the charity to expand and provide support to more services users. Tyddyn Môn continues to do this today, with the charity not only providing support to those from Anglesey but also from Gwynedd and across North Wales and England.
Tyddyn Môn was also one of the first organisations to offer transitional housing on Anglesey as part of re-settling those from Bryn Y Neuadd. This was originally done at houses in Menai Bridge and Holyhead which were later re-registered to provide supported living. It continues to provide supported living services to 25 service users at these two houses as well as 5 other across Anglesey so that they can live happy and independent lives within their communities.
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