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.
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.