Pupils from Brecon’s Ty Bronllys and Summergil House have been rolling up their sleeves and helping with litter picking at Pwll y Wrach as part of their Eco School project.
Children from the schools have been working with volunteers at Brecnock Wildlife Trust to clear moss and generally clean up the Pwll y Wrach nature reserve, which is very popular with walkers and families.
Head of Education at Summergil House, Rachel Hackling, said: “We got in touch with the team at Brecnock Wildlife Trust earlier this year to see if we could work around the Trust area to help us achieve our bronze and Silver Eco school status, where we help the wider community with environmental issues.
“It is very important that our children get to experience what it is like to work in the real world, as many of them have challenging behaviour and learning difficulties and so we jumped at the chance for them to learn new skills on the job.”
Rachel added: “The conservation officers agreed that we could help and we got cracking straight away. It has been great for the children and they have already received compliments on how much nicer the area around Pwll y Wrach is since we started working there.”
“Working in real life situations really helps the children to interact with the outside world and you can see them brim with confidence as they are given compliments on their work. It is great to see.”
Stephanie Coates, conservation officer at Brecnock Wildlife Trust, said: “We have worked closely with Rachel at Summergil House to find an activity which would be suitable for the children and it was great to see them all mucking in and cleaning up a very popular area.
“As an organisation we are resource poor, so it was great when Rachel approached us to help. The children have been cleaning interpretation panels as well as picking up litter and generally clearing up. Pwll y Wrach is a popular area – but with more people comes more litter and so having Ty Bronllys and Summergil House along to help us has been great.”
As well as maintaining the good work they have already carried out at Pwll y Wrach, the children will be moving on to help screw in Waymarker discs on trails in the coming weeks!
Dan y Coed, a new specialist school for children and young people is officially opening its doors this week in the West Cross area of Swansea.
The former outdoor-pursuits centre will see the fully redesigned state-of-the-art school open its doors to up to 20 pupils. The third and final phase of the site’s development will see a residential area open up to 20 children who require on-site overnight care and support.
The school currently offers places for day pupils from the age of five, whilst residential placements will be available for children aged between eight and nineteen. Children will be able to attend Dan y Coed daily for education only or as a resident during term time or for 52 weeks of the year.
We hope to have the school and its residential arm fully open by Autumn 2018.
Here’s what Orbis CEO Mike Currier had to say:
“We are thrilled to see the doors at Dan y Coed opening and welcoming children into the school. Our model of education is sector-leading as children learn from a flexible curriculum which is tailored to their individual needs as well as their interests and aspirations. Our 40-week academic year with just two-week’s break in the Summer means that our year is structured entirely for children who appreciated structure and routine.”
As well as education and care, Dan y Coed will offer a wide range of in-house clinical services from Occupational Therapy and Speech and Language Therapy to Positive Behavioural Support and psychology. Our aim is to get children engaged in education so they can make a positive and active contribution to the school and the local community.
Our latest residential service for adults, Ty Seren, has opened in Gowerton, Swansea. Located just a few miles from both Swansea and Llanelli, Ty Seren comprises four self-contained sole occupancy flats and a four-bed home.
It can accommodate up to eight adults with a range of complex needs, ensuring they are offered a living environment that works for them.
As with all of our services, Ty Seren offers an award-winning model that combines care, therapeutic support and continuous learning. Skills are learned, practiced and reinforced at all times, with person-centred planning designed to keep adults active, engaged and working towards their greater independence.
We pride ourselves on giving students and residents as much independence as possible as well as helping them gain skills and accreditations along the way, so they can make a positive and active contribution to their local community.
The residents at Ty Seren can also access the dedicated work and life-skills day service called The Orb. The Orb provides 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. It is a shop, a cafe, an office, a laundry and a kitchen.
It offers continuous learning, a transitional stepping-stone for school leavers, a source of valuable experience for those who have already left school and an alternative to a residential specialist college placement.
We’re opening a new state-of-the-art residential home for adults in West Aberthaw, Vale of Glamorgan!
The 12-bed service offers a transition for adults who have left full time education, as well as those who are learning to live more independently. The facility is arranged across a series of grade II listed stone barns and is a flagship service for us here at Orbis.
Here’s what our CEO Mike Currier had to say:
“Ty Carreg is a wonderful addition to our adult services. We saw the site and knew we had to have it, as it provides a beautiful environment and home. It is custom designed for the needs of its residents and staff to ensure they get the best experience whilst living and developing at Ty Carreg.
“We also invite our adult residents to access The Orb in Porth, Rhondda, which is a shop, café, kitchen, office and a laundry on the town’s high street. The Orb provides a range of real-life working environments for continuous learning, a transitional stepping-stone for school leavers, a source of valuable experience for those who have already left school and an alternative to a residential specialist college placement.”
Ty Carreg was developed by X-Stream Developments, which is owned by former All Black and Cardiff Blues captain Xavier Rush.
Xavier said: “Working with Orbis has been a unique experience, with every room on site custom made for the needs of its residents. Breathing life back into these beautiful old buildings has been very rewarding!”
Find out more about Ty Carreg here.