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Marking World Autism Awareness Week – the Welsh way

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Orbis has been celebrating World Autism Awareness Week the Welsh way with a visit from Valleys artist Nathan Wyburn – and a special appearance from Tom-ato Jones.

Learners created a portrait of the legendary Welsh singer out of tomato sauce during a one-off creative session with the celebrated portrait artist at our Cardiff headquarters.

Students from Ty Coryton, Ty Bronllys, Summergil House and Dan y Coed joined forces during a special visit arranged by the Occupational Therapy team.

Nathan is a Fine Art graduate specialising in creating iconic celebrity portraits and ‘pop culture’ imagery with non-traditional mediums including Marmite, sugar, chocolate, baked beans and more.

The Ebbw Vale artist rose to prominence on Britain’s Got Talent with his toast-based portrait of judge Michael McIntyre, and has since won praise from Good Morning America, Blue Peter, The Guardian and more.

Lucy Pottinger, Director of Education at Orbis, said: “As well as meeting Nathan, our learners enjoyed a structured and fun learning activity, practiced their working together skills and were able to put into practice the things they had learned.

“At the heart of this activity also lies the point that art is one of the things in life which really is accessible for all – which is in turn an important part of World Autism Awareness Week.”

“We are hugely grateful to Nathan for taking time out of his busy schedule to spend time with our learners and support them in exploring their creative side, whilst having great fun at the same time.”

Orbis Abbey Rose care and residential home opens in Gloucestershire

Orbis Abbey Rose, our first site in England, is now open.

The Tewkesbury site welcomed in its first visitors at a special event attended by local residents, healthcare professionals and dignitaries including the Mayor of Tewskesbury Borough.

Abbey Rose will now educate and home 30 children who have complex needs associated with autism and is set to create 300 jobs in total when full, as a result.

Situated on a 17-acre site and formerly known as Southwick Park, the school and residential home has been given new life after it closed under the Cambian Group in April 2018.

Opened by its former owners in 2013 to house 40 children, Orbis Education and Care has remodelled the residential part of the school to accommodate 30 children.

Mike Currier, CEO at Orbis Education and Care, said: “Orbis Abbey Rose has some wonderful facilities and even a battlefield from the War of the Roses within its gardens – hence the name Abbey Rose – as well as extensive grounds and a sports hall, among other things.

“We are looking forward to bringing all that we’ve learned in Wales to England for the benefit of families and employees here in Gloucestershire, and are excited to finally be inviting new residents, students and staff alike in to enjoy this wonderful facility too.”

A random act of kindness

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The team at Orbis Education and Care would like to send a heart-felt THANK YOU to a member of the public for their kind gesture recently. Sometimes something amazing happens that just needs to be shared:

 

Recently, Orbis residents Emma and Demi from Summergil House went on an outing to the local Small Breeds Farm and on to Pizza Hut for a meal. But when they attempted to pay for their food, their support staff were told by the Pizza Hut team that the bill had already been settled.

 

It turned out that a member of public, who happened to be out with their family at the same restaurant, were so happy that the pair were out in the community and having an amazing time that they felt the need to pay the bill without saying anything to our staff, and to this day they remain anonymous.

 

This is an amazing tale of generosity and kindness, and also a fantastic testimony to what the Orbis team do on a daily basis. We only hope that the generous soul reads this and sees our great big thanks, from everyone at Orbis.

 

THANK YOU!

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