A new specialist service dedicated to supporting children and young people with complex needs associated with autism has been opened by Orbis Education and Care to support families in Powys.
Orbis, one of the UK’s leading providers of education and care for children and young people with an autism spectrum condition (ASC) recently opened its doors at Summergil House; a high-spec facility fully equipped with classrooms, shared lounge spaces, a large kitchen-dining room and individual bedrooms which can be personalised for each resident.
The organisation already runs facilities throughout Wales providing a mix of residential care and education, respite breaks, and a ground-breaking work-skills centre designed to enable young people to learn essential life skills and qualifications. The service is set in 18-acres of woodland on the border of Herefordshire and Powys in Presteigne.
To celebrate the opening of the facility, Kirsty Williams AM visited the site and was given a guided tour of the state-of-the-art building from Mike Currier, Chief Executive of Orbis Group and met with the new staff team.
Mike Currier said:
“Autism is a permanent, lifelong condition but with the appropriate level of support and intervention at the right time, it’s possible to have a hugely positive impact on people’s lives.
“Fully registered to provide both education and care by Estyn, the office of Her Majesty’s Inspectorate for Education and Training in Wales, and Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales (CSSIW) respectively, Summergil House is now a fully-functioning service and is ready to welcome its first day pupil, who will also be a resident.”
Mrs Nikki Pitt, whose 13-year-old son is the first child to attend Summergil House as a day pupil, said:
“I chose Orbis for my son because I’m confident that they will be completely dedicated to our son’s education. He now has the opportunity to flourish and will be pushed to achieve as much as he is academically capable of in a well-supported and understanding environment.
“He will have the opportunity to learn essential life skills and obtain qualifications which is more than we ever thought possible. It is not often that you come across a provision or service that works so well, we are so reassured by their dedicated team that we know we have made the best possible choice for our son.”
‘Orbis are also recruiting now for a range of positions at Summergil House. Enquiries should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org’.
To find out more about Orbis Education and Care visit www.orbis-group.co.uk