Academy Living at The Orb

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Welcome to The Orb!

Launched in September 2015, The Orb is a pioneering work-skills day service located right on the high street in Porth. It offers a range of real-life working environments where young people and adults with autism can gain hands-on experience in the world of work on a supported basis.

The Orb is a shop, a cafe, an office, a laundry and a kitchen. It is unique in that it offers continuous learning, a transitional stepping-stone for school leavers, a source of valuable experience for those who have already left school, and a not-for-profit alternative to a residential specialist college placement.

Featured on ITV Wales and presented at a Cross Party Autism Group event at the Wales National Assembly, The Orb is living proof that individuals with complex needs associated with autism, can and will progress when they are offered roles and responsibilities, and the respect and status that comes with them, and when offered the support they need. And the feedback from members of the public has been very positive too:

I’ve fallen in love with this place!! 

Staff are friendly- volunteers are super friendly and polite. I received a lovely warm welcome! The staff are wonderful with the volunteers! When I came in today I was having a bad day…after an hour sat in the café drinking the best coffee, I am leaving in a much better mood. I can’t thank you all enough for that!!

A smile can brighten someone’s day- it certainly has for me!!

For more information about The Orb or to arrange a visit, please contact our Referrals Coordinator Colin Howarth on colin.howarth@orbis-group.co.uk on 02920 029922.

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