Sarah Atherton MP for Wrexham visits Tŷ Dewr Life House

published on 16 Mar 2023

Sarah met veterans who live at the Tŷ Dewr centre to hear about their experiences of homelessness and also spent time enjoying the artwork and models made by residents. Veterans spoke about their positive experience living at Tŷ Dewr and also highlighted how challenging it can be to gain employment and housing, in today’s difficult economic climate. Discussions also focused on the importance of good healthcare and well-being support for veterans.

Sarah Atherton MP Visit to Ty Dewr

Sarah currently sits on the Defence Select Committee in the UK Parliament and is a passionate advocate for issues relating to veterans and their families. As a British Army veteran herself, Sarah is the first female Member of Parliament to have served in the regular Armed Forces, and also has a background in social services and health care.

Catherine Docherty, Salvation Army’s Assistant Regional Manager for Wales and the Southwest said “It has been an absolute pleasure to welcome Sarah to Tŷ Dewr. Tŷ Dewr is a wonderful, calming, safe space. It enables veterans to take the time that they need, to develop the resilience and skills to move on independently. I am thankful to Lee Jones, Service Manager and his team for the support that they provide here, and to our landlord and delivery partner First Choice Housing Association”.

Tŷ Dewr Life House is a purpose-built veterans’ accommodation project based in the tranquil countryside, just outside of Wrexham city centre. It is a project delivered in partnership with First Choice Housing Association and The Salvation Army. It offers 12 ensuite bedrooms in a spacious, high-quality building. Residents have access to local gardens, gymnasium equipment and welcoming spaces to relax, share meals and socialise. 

The project was co-designed with veterans and developed by First Choice Housing Association, who provide quality accommodation solutions for veterans as well as people with disabilities and additional complex needs across Wales and Shropshire. 

 Dewr is currently raising money to purchase a minibus, to enable more activities and day trips to take place from the centre.

For further information about how to donate to our Tŷ Dewr fundraising campaign, or to refer people to the project who might benefit from its services please contact or via telephone on 01978 355410.

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