One of the UK’s leading providers of services for people living with autism has invested £1.2 million into the acquisition of Dan-y-Coed House, a brand new facility in Swansea, be transformed into a state-of-the-art facility providing education and care for up to 25 children and young people in its school and residential service.
Orbis Group offers specialist schools and residential services for children and young people from the ages of 8-19 with needs associated with autism. The organisation also set up ‘Academy Living,’ a ground-breaking project designed to support young people with autism in gaining work skills and experience, and has dedicated respite facilities for the families of those living with the condition, which affects around 700,000 individuals in the UK alone.
The purchase of Dan-y-Coed House marks Orbis Group’s most ambitious project to date, with the property set to bring an estimated 100 new jobs to the area. Work is set to begin on the refurbishment this spring and the service will open in 2018.
The announcement is the latest in a string of new services over the past 12 months, with Orbis Group having set up services in Porth, Powys, and Port Talbot in 2016, joining existing facilities in Cardiff, Newport, and Brecon.
Director of Education, Lucy Pottinger, said: “The team at Orbis is made up of experts who are dedicated to delivering education and care solutions to individuals with the often very complex needs associated with autism.
“As a spectrum condition, autism affects each individual differently, there’s no one-size-fits-all solution. We believe strongly that every person affected by autism should be able to lead a life that’s rewarding and rich; and that’s why we’re committed to crafting bespoke experiences for each and every person accessing our services.”
Mike Currier, CEO of Orbis Group, added: “Our purchase of Dan-y-Coed House marks a significant step as part of Orbis Group’s wider expansion plans. The Swansea site will be a school and residential service for children and young people up to the age of 19, allowing us to offer the highest level of specialist education, care, and clinical support to those with complex requirements associated with autism.
“Dan-y-Coed is our inaugural venture in the Swansea area and we look forward to working with local authorities and families to provide tailored education and care plans that are engaging, meaningful, fun, and most importantly, support children towards becoming independent adults.”
To find out more about Orbis Group, visit: www.orbis-group.co.uk