Hello and a warm welcome to Orbis Education and Care. At Orbis we work with children, young people and adults with needs associated with Autistic Spectrum Condition. We offer flexible, family-friendly services that support the education, care and clinical needs of individuals: including learning disabilities and complex sensory, social and communication difficulties. The group comprises of specialist schools, residential homes, respite services and a unique work-skills centre. In 2016 the group is expanding, bringing more state-of-the-art services to our award-winning group. We make it an absolute priority that each and every person who walks through our doors feels welcome, cared for, safe and happy, and we believe that everyone has as much a right to a socially-valued life and the status and respect that it brings, as anyone else.
‘Orbis education and Care are experts at what they do and it will be hard pushed to find anything better.’
Designated Safeguarding Officer for Wales
In a sector such as ours it is always rewarding to see our young people and adults progress, and those who support their development do so without expectation of recognition or thanks. However, in the last couple of weeks we have been fortunate to receive feedback from parents about their sons which we have been given permission to publish.
‘Just a quick email to say a huge THANK YOU for today. You and your amazing staff achieved something that used to be impossible. You freed my son from pain. Thank you for being incredibly supportive not only towards my boy but towards myself as well. You and your staff have always shown great understanding towards Billy and always supported him and treated him with dignity and respect. That great relationship and trust that staff and yourself have with my gorgeous son shone today.
Thank you Dave, Will Reynolds, Craig Kelly, Chris Ashman and Orbis for bringing back my faith in humanity and seeing my boy (who once had a notorious reputation) as a wonderful, funny amazing young person. THANK YOU’
‘A massive THANK YOU to all your lovely team at Ty Coryton! Thank you for providing a safe and secure environment for our young man. Aamod, our son, is 10 and has autism. But he has always been a happy boy with a strong character and a cheeky side to him. Over the last few years we saw a very different side of our boy and we realised over time that his school at the time wasn’t working for him. That is when we came to see Ty Coryton and met with the lovely Head Lucy Pottinger who was crucial in assuring us that our boy would be looked after.
And you have not disappointed!
Aamod, who would go on his knees to beg me not to send him to school, now gets up fresh, bright and early, and goes to his new school with a smile on his face and a spring in his step! This means a lot to us. As a parent it means a lot to have that satisfaction, that your child (especially one as vulnerable as mine) is with people who will keep him safe and who know how to handle him. And, if they don’t, they’ll call for professional expertise for help, but will not just write him off!
This is how we were promised Ty Coryton would operate and this is exactly how we have seen you operate.
There is something else that touched my heart.
I have seen that Ty Coryton tries to mould themselves to the child’s needs and not expect a round peg to fit into a square hole for example. All therapies are in-house so are easily accessible for the children as and when they need them. This for me is the USP.
Massive thanks for all that you do! A special mention to Aamod’s awesome Class Teacher Jodie Seymour; she is a real asset to your team! Also Josie and Alex who work with Aamod, and Jenny and Lisa, his therapists. You deserve a special mention for not giving up.
Tuesday 13th Sept is Roald Dahl Day and to celebrate what would have been the great writer’s 100th birthday, BBC 1 Wales is broadcasting an episode of Great Welsh Writers about his childhood where he grew up in Cardiff.
The eagle-eyed among you may recognise some of Ty Coryton’s nooks and crannies in this special programme, as the BBC production team came along to film some of the original architectural features in order to re-create the home that Roald Dahl grew up in. Keep your eyes peeled at 10:40pm on BBC One Wales on Tues 13th September!
Click the image for a BBC programme description.
Sept 2016 – Ty Bronllys’ Rachel Hackling on BBC Radio Wales with Jason Mohammed
Following recent news in which a family was asked to leave a North Wales pub for bringing pre-prepared food for their 4-year old autistic son, Rachel Hackling was invited to comment in a live radio interview with the family. Click the image below to listen.
The doors to the latest addition to Orbis Group are now open and we have been taking lots of enquiries already! Ty Galan in Porth is a short break and respite service for children and young people with needs associated with autism. For more information visit the web page by clicking the image or contact us here.
Registration is imminent for our brand new short break and respite service in Porth. Ty Galan offers short stays to up to 3 children/young people between 8-19 with a diagnosis of autism or a related condition.
Designed to support individuals with a range of needs, including a learning disability, staff are highly experience and trained, and the service implements a holistic model of learning and care built on lifelong learning, Positive Behavioural Support and Active Support principles.
For more information visit the Ty Galan page here.
‘Teachers collect and use a wide range of data to evaluate pupils’ progress against very clear and specific targets.’
‘All pupils undertake work experience within the school. They manage and run a tuck trolley and a smoothie shack. They gain experience in marketing, accountancy and stocktaking….The second hand shop initiative provides pupils with meaningful work experience in an external environment.’
Click this image to see the full report!
Autism Awareness Week was packed with activities right across the group, with fundraising fun, sponsored walks, cooking, onesies, car-washes and much more going on!
Welsh Week was a blast at Orbis as our pupils and staff enjoyed loads of cultural activities: visits to castles, museums and other cultural sites, as well as cooking, craft and much more.
Check out this wonderful film produced by Ty Coryton’s LSA Paulina Kilanowska. It gives us a great snapshot of life at Orbis all year round.