THE FIRST Wellbeing Centre in Ceredigion has been officially opened.

The Wellbeing Centre in Lampeter has been open since June but was officially opened by Lynne Neagle, Welsh Government’s deputy minister for mental health and wellbeing last week.

The centre commits to transform the county’s approach to holistic wellbeing and was funded by a Welsh Government Communities for Learning Grant and Ceredigion County Council.

The centre will have a wide range of services which are tailored to improving the physical, mental and social aspects of individuals as well as facilitating increased access to vital information, advice and support for council services for residents.

The centre has a range of facilities including a welcoming reception area, multi-purpose rooms, meeting rooms, a practical skills room with a kitchen, a changing places toilet with a shower, hoist and bed.

There is also a state-of-the-art fitness suite which was enhanced by funding from the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

Cllr Bryan Davies, leader of Ceredigion County Council, said: “It was a pleasure to welcome the deputy minister to the Wellbeing Centre in Lampeter today and for her to see how we are actively looking to do things differently in Ceredigion.

“We see the creation of Wellbeing Centres as a key aspect of delivering our vision of providing value for money and sustainable bilingual public services, that support a strong economy and health environment, while promoting wellbeing in our residents and communities.”

Ms Neagle said: “I was delighted to visit the Wellbeing Centre in Lampeter to see how these fantastic facilities and the services provided are making a real difference to the community. These types of settings are crucial for the physical and mental health and wellbeing for our communities in Wales.

“The Wellbeing Centre is a fantastic example of how Welsh Government funding, in this case through our Community Hubs Grant, is helping to create a more equal and healthier Wales where everyone has access to services to boost their mental health and wellbeing.”

Cllr Catrin M S Davies, the council’s cabinet member for culture, leisure and customer services, said: “Since the Wellbeing Centre opened in June this year, we have seen a positive response from the community as more and more have come to use the different resources.

“I would encourage the people of Lampeter and surrounding areas to visit the centre and resources and have a chat with staff. The place is full of resources – something for everyone.”

The centre will also be a base for skills and employment advice, hardship and housing support, services for young people, support for carers, community connectors and early support for mental health.

Lampeter Wellbeing Centre is open between 8am and 9pm Monday to Friday and 9am to 4pm on Saturday and Sunday.