SEND is a modern day service open to all adults with learning disabilities. At SEND learners are able to continue to meet with their friends in an educational setting similar to school/college. This setting is permanent so adults do not have to leave once the ‘course’ is over. All our courses are continuous because we want to create a ‘college for life’ for all adults with learning disabilities. We cater to all levels of learners and provide sessions for lower up to higher ability learners. We are open all year, throughout half terms and summers, to give our adults the routine that they desperately need.
At SEND you will continue your studies in English and maths- which is important to help you progress in the wider community. You will also take part in a variety of activities every week and these include: independent living skills, work life projects, healthy living and cooking projects, film studies (with popcorn) and educational quizzes and games.
SEND is a great place to meet other adults with learning disabilities, where you can socialise and learn in a safe, relaxed and fun environment. We have classes available in Barry, Pontypridd, Trehafod and Cardiff.
So get in touch to access one of our day centres near you!
WHO WE ARE
SEND ACADEMY IS THE MODERN ALTERNATIVE TO
DAY SERVICES PROVISION.
We support you as you transition into your new life in the community by teaching you: independent living skills, money management, written communication skills. We also throw in some fun subjects too like: film studies, cookery and computer skills. Our day provision is permanent and continues all year round including half terms and summer. All our classes are taught by an experienced teaching team with backgrounds in this sector.
WHAT OUR STUDENTS ARE SAYING
Demi, student at SEND Academy
“I am 19, I went to Ystrad Mynach College and Coleg Cymoedd. I love SEND because it’s so much fun. I’ve met lots of friends here and love the work we do. I missed college terribly, but SEND Academy is similar to College and I get to come here permanently. I also come twice a week”
Ethan, student at SEND Academy
“I am 21 and I have just finished College at Coleg Cymoedd. I like coming to SEND because the teachers give me work that I like to do. My old friends from College come here too and I have met new friends! I come for two days per week in Tonteg and Trehafod.”
WHAT WE DO
OUR FUN COMMUNITY CLASSES ARE AIMED AT ADULTS WITH MILD TO MODERATE LEARNING DISABILITIES.
We have centres available in Tonteg, Trehafod and Barry. Our clients access our service from the following areas: Cardiff, Barry, Bridgend, Pontypridd, Llantrisant, Caerphilly and Ystrad Mynach.
We help these adults transition from local colleges such as Coleg Cymoedd, Cardiff and Vale College, Bridgend
College and Ystrad Mynach College. To help with transition we offer most students summer placements with us. This helps individuals leaving college as they will have some sort of routine in place, which we know is so important!
Mondays (Tonteg) 09:30am-2:30pm
Basic skills, literacy and maths skills, ICT skills, film study projects, social and interpersonal skills
Mondays (Cardiff) 09:30am-2:30pm
Independent living skills, literacy, maths and money skills
Tuesdays (Cardiff) 09:30am-2:30pm
Healthy living, independent living skills, health/appearance, workplace opportunities
Thursdays (Trehafod) 09:30am-2:30pm
Basic skills, literacy and maths skills, ICT, independent living skills
Fridays (Tonteg) 09:30am-2:30pm
ICT and typing skills, how to use PowerPoint, animation creation, colour theory, colour mixing, using the colour wheel, creating logos and drawings, colour theory and graphic design. All ICT classes are differentiated at ALL levels so it is suitable for adults with learning disabilities no matter what their ability.
Fridays (Barry) 10am-3pm
Money Skills, basic skills, current events and projects, social and interpersonal skills
Light refreshments are provided for a small weekly contribution.
This consists of tea, coffee, hot chocolate and biscuits. All clients bring their own packed lunch.
HOW TO ENROL
LOOKING TO ENROL AT SEND ACADEMY?
To become a student at one of our community classes you can simply contact us on the details provided. We will talk you through our enrolment process and how you may be able to access one of our classes. We also take referrals from a variety of sources including:
Parents / Carers
other sources including the Job Centre, Careers Wales etc
Once we have discussed with you the options available to you, you can come and meet us for a chat and visit one of our classes. We can also offer free taster sessions to help you to decide if SEND Academy is right for you.
Subject to funding and suitability a placement will then be offered and a start date arranged.