September 2019

Orbis Education and Care has been shortlisted for a 2019 Leading Wales Award. We are up for an ‘Inspiring Great Leadership: Organisational Award’ and couldn’t be more thrilled about it!

Members of our senior management team based at our headquarters in Cardiff will attend a ceremony at the Hilton Hotel in the city centre later this month to find out who’s won.

Mike Currier, CEO of Orbis Education and Care, said: “As a fast growing, sector leading provider of specialist services for children and adults with complex needs associated with autism, our leadership capability is pivotal to our overall success.

“The team here at Orbis works extremely hard to inspire and motivate our teams, and ensure everyone is working together towards a shared goal.”

“I’m absolutely delighted this hard work and dedication to the cause has been formally recognised by the Leading Wales Awards, and our place on this year’s shortlist,” Mike added.

“Through ongoing investment in leadership development, we remain well equipped to cultivate future leadership succession which will in turn enable us to grow and continue to provide first class care to the individuals we support.”

Our learners in Swansea took a shot at improving their health and wellbeing during a visit from footballing legend Lee Trundle.

The former striker attended a wellbeing event with the goal of helping to promote alternative coping strategies among students at Dan Y Coed.

Learners enjoyed a kick about with the Swansea City Ambassador, as well as a tai chi session and art therapy class.

Gemma Pullen, Assistant Behaviour Specialist at Dan Y Coed, said: “As exercise is a crucial part of wellbeing, and we have a couple of budding football players here who are huge Swansea City fans, we were really grateful to Lee for coming to the event, where the students thoroughly enjoyed kicking the ball around with him.

“We also use alternative therapies such as yoga, tai chi, meditation, complimentary therapy and art to teach our students and their families strategies to calm the mind and body which can also be used as distraction techniques when they may feel upset or anxious.”

Dan y Coed officially opened as a residential facility this summer following a multi-million-pound refurbishment project to turn the former outdoor pursuits centre into a state-of-the-art living space for up to 20 children.