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tyddyn bach trust

Specialised Short-term HIV Respite

Here we take a look at The Tyddyn Bach Trust. A well established Respite Centre that has been providing an important service provision for over 3 years. Tyddyn Bach Trust (TBT) is a registered charity. It was formed (under its former name of Muddied Mercy House Foundation) in 1993 by three individuals who had been involved with the care of people affected by HIV/AIDS. They quickly became aware of the stigma and prejudice, which the virus attracts, particularly in a rural area such as North Wales .

What will I find at Tyddyn Bach?

Tyddyn Bach is looked upon as a home from home. The volunteers and staff being the family, and the guests as extended family members. The House has 4 well appointed guest rooms with a large lounge and dining room . Tyddyn Bach offers rest and social respite to people with HIV /AIDS, their families and carers, irrespective of their creed, colour, race or gender. The length of stay is limited to a maximum of three weeks per month. Guests arriving by bus or train are collected from the station. The Trust's catchment area runs the length and breadth of the UK. In the three years that the Tyddyn Bach Trust has been open for respite care, it has established strong links with a substantial number of Social Services Departments and other referral agencies nationwide. The Centre has extensive views over the Irish Sea, the Island of Anglesey , and Puffin Island . The tranquil gardens of Tyddyn Bach are sheltered by the Carneddau mountain range .

Well being.

Tyddyn Bach provides quality social respite care and support to children, teenagers and adults with HIV/AIDS together with their partners, families or carers. Tyddyn Bach's aim is to treat each individual with dignity and respect in a caring, compassionate environment; to foster positive attitudes towards living well with the virus; and to provide the necessary psychological, emotional and spiritual support. Tyddyn Bach is a social respite centre not a nursing home and cannot, therefore, offer physical care. However, a person needing any degree of assistance should contact TBT to discuss their specific needs.

Family Facilities.

Tyddyn Bach welcomes families at all times of the year, and is ‘child friendly' as it is set in large secluded gardens where children can play safely. Childminders are available for 6hrs a day 7 days a week during school holidays. This service may be extended to other periods upon request. There are plenty of activities for the children; there is a children's Adventure playground and a large indoor play area equipped with a variety of toys, books, games, a small pool table, and a bouncy castle. There is also a children's selection of videos available upon request (there are TV's and video-players in each bedroom as well as in the guest lounge which is further benefited by Sky TV).

Out and about.

North Wales Birds Trust regularly attend the Trust and exhibit birds of prey, owls, parrots, etc., to the guests. This allows the adults and children staying at Tyddyn Bach the opportunities to see, touch, and ask questions about the birds which, normally, they would not be able to do. Tyddyn Bach is within walking distance of both the beach and the mountains. However, transport can be arranged. to assist those who do not want to walk to the beach or local shops. There are also many fun and exciting nearby family attractions such as the Welsh Mountain Zoo , The Sea Life Centre , Pony Trekking, The Electric Mountain , Conwy Castle , Rhyl Fun Fair , and Llanberis which houses the train to the summit of Snowdon. For those wishing to travel further a field the ferry to Ireland is only half an hour away. (Passports are required)

Arranging your stay.

Your stay at Tyddyn Bach can be arranged through a healthcare or social worker.  The cost of your visit can often be met by statutory bodies - social services or healthcare trusts - or by voluntary agencies and charitable trusts. An initial telephone enquiry should be made to ascertain a mutually convenient provisional date for the proposed stay, Those requesting respite must arrange their stay three weeks before hand. A referral assessment form should be completed and signed by the relevant professionals. The form should reach Tyddyn Bach by no later than seven days prior to the commencement of the stay . Confirmation of the acceptance of a placement cannot be given prior to the receipt of the Referral Assessment Form. Any cancellations must be received within 14 days prior to the agreed commencement date, as TBT have a cancellation fee in operation.

Travelling to Tyddyn Bach.

By car:  Penmaenmawr lies equidistant between Conwy, Bangor and the Snowdonia national park, and it has easy access to and from the A55 dual carriageway, which places it 45 minutes north from the motorway network. The A55 also gives fast access to Liverpool (70 miles) and Manchester (92 miles). To the north west is Holyhead (20 minutes) and the ferries to Dublin.

By train:  Rail services run into the North Wales coastal destinations from most parts of Britain with inland connections From Llandudno Junction. Tel (08457) 484950 or go to for further information. Express train services from London take approx. 3 hours 30 minutes.

By bus:  National express provides a nationwide service. Victoria coach station, London operates a direct service. Most cities and towns have simple connections. Tel (08705) 808080 or go to

Members and volunteers of the Trust.

TBT has a diverse membership. Which includes local people, service users, representatives from other relevant organisations e.g. service providers. The Trust has 117 members and 25 volunteers.  TBT has gained the support of Members of Parliament, local Councillors, local businessmen, clergy, doctors, health, and social workers. Placements and volunteers benefit from in-house training; consisting of aspects such as the day to day running of Tyddyn Bach, basic counselling techniques, and HIV/AIDS awareness. Within the last six months Llandrillo College have trained volunteers in areas such as Basic Health and Hygiene, Basic Health and Safety, and Emergency First Aid. During January of this year TBT will begin educating 12 volunteers to HND standard in IT and 3 in Business Studies. Two more volunteers have enrolled through TBT on a distance learning course which can culminate with a B.A. in Voluntary Sector Studies. All the above have been provided free of charge both to the Trust and the individual involved.

Future Changes/Developments

The Directors of the Trust wish to appoint an experienced Tutor to establish accredited training courses in HIV/AIDS awareness and counselling, which can be delivered both in house, as a comprehensive residential course open to all UK organisations, and within the community as a one day awareness course. Once formulated, seminars can be delivered to schools and youth clubs along with other interested organisations. The tutor will also be responsible for the on-going training of volunteers, New Deal placements and students.  This appointment is seen as pivotal to the continued success of the project, to ensure the quality of services is maintained and that the Centre is promoted nationally. The Tyddyn Bach Trust is also looking into the possibility of holding retreats, and to make alterations to and furnish the building known as the annex in order to allow greater numbers to attend residential training courses.

The Tyddyn Bach Trust is a Registered Charity No. 1094031. Tyddyn Bach Trust was a winner of ‘The Tree of Life Award' 2000 for the best respite centre in the UK.

Tyddyn Bach Trust
Craiglwyd Road, Penmaenmawr, Conwy, Wales LL34 6ER
Tel: 01492 623322

Short-term Respite and Retreat can be arranged and funded by your local Social Services Department. For further information on Respite and Retreat and your entitlement click here

Take a look at KPS' overview of Respite& Retreat
Since the disolution of the Bethany Trust in November 2003 KPS has reviewed the limited specialised Respite and Retreat facilities available within the UK. By clicking here you can view KPS' overview of these facilities.

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