Vision 21 – Cyfle Cymru

Address:Units 10-12 Fieldway, Maes y Coed Road, CARDIFF, CF14 4HY


Tel:029 2062 1194

Contact:Wayne Lewis CEO

Description & History

Vision 21 Cyfle Cymru was founded in 1986 by Barry Shiers MBE, a social worker with an industrial background. He recognised that people with learning disabilities were not being given opportunities to pursue their interests and he decided to set up a service to provide training, in community-based settings, which would open up opportunities for them. Fast forward to today and V21 has training projects at facilities across South East Wales, supporting life-changing opportunities for people with learning disabilities to realise their potential, through: catering; growing; creating; learning; and making initiatives. Many of these projects are social enterprises that provide training for people with learning disabilities and volunteering opportunities for others.

Trainee happiness is at the core of V21. Trainees develop their abilities and self-confidence through opportunities to learn real skills at their own pace with appropriate support, following a personal development route. Each trainee has the opportunity to work towards Agored Cymru credit-based learning certificates, and are encouraged to develop independent living skills.

Location and Area of Benefit

Vision 21 has several projects across South East Wales; in Cardiff at Heath, Fairwater and Roath, as well as projects in Barry, Newport Caerphilly and Nantyglo.

13 Social Enterprises

V21 Catering @ Caerphilly and Nantyglo

Provides up to 60 meals per site, per day for residents living in United Welsh Housing’s Extra Care schemes at Caerphilly and Nantyglo.

V21 Catering @ Heath

Providing meals for staff and trainees at V21 Head Office in the Heath area of Cardiff, trainees learn basic catering skills, food hygiene and an introduction to retail skills in a canteen environment.

V21 Café @ Rookwood

Located in Rookwood Hospital Cardiff, trainees learn food and buffet preparation, food hygiene, and retail and customer care skills.

V21 Garden Nursery @ Heath

Situated on Allensbank Road, Cardiff, trainees learn horticulture and retail skills in a commercial garden nursery.

V21 Woodwork @ Heath

Also based at V21 Head Office, Cardiff, trainees learn about working with wood, furniture assembly, and application of wood finishes, working as a team to create quality products for the home and garden.

V21 Woodwork @ Barry

Located in Barry, trainees in this project learn all about working with wood, preparing, finishing and assembling quality wood products for the home and garden.

V21 Upcycling @ Barry

Currently based at Hen Goleg in Barry, trainees learn to repair and restore second-hand furniture so it can be reused, turning unwanted furniture into items that can be sold and given a second life.

V21 Sbectrwm Centre @ Fairwater

Located on a former derelict school site in Fairwater, Cardiff, the V21 Sbectrwm Centre is home to a number of the V21 training projects listed here, as well as a range of voluntary and community organisations. It offers office space, training, meeting rooms, and a large community hall for hire.

V21 Gardening @ Fairwater

Located alongside V21 Sbectrwm this project trains students in environmental, social and horticultural skills.

V21 Pottery @ Fairwater

Located in V21 Sbectrwm Centre, qualified ceramicists train hand-built pottery techniques, ceramic production skills, portfolio building and ceramic technician skills.

V21 Crafts @ Fairwater

Located at V21 Sbectrwm Centre, trainees learn handmade card production and packaging skills as well as other handmade crafts.

V21 Café @ Fairwater

The hub of V21 Sbectrwm Centre, trainees learn food and buffet preparation, food hygiene, and retail and customer care skills in a busy community café.

2 Classroom Based Projects:

V21 Technology @ Heath

A V21 Head Office based project, delivering a wide range of technology skills involving computer hardware maintenance and repair, as well as using different apps and software.

V21 Office Skills @ Heath

Provides real work experience in V21’s own reception area at the Head Office site, Heath. Trainees learn on the job, running an office and busy reception.

Other Services

V21 Holiday Arts is funded by Children in Need and runs during school holidays for young people with learning needs 14-18 years old.

V21 Learning Hub is our virtual learning platform that can be accessed from anywhere with an internet connection. This is a developing platform that enables our trainees to ‘work from home’, facilitating both independent learning and live online workshops.

Partnerships that Deliver

Vision 21 offers two catering services through a partnership arrangement with United Welsh Housing, known as Full Circle Catering. These social enterprise training projects provide around 60 meals a day for residents in Housing with Care facilities in Caerphilly and Nantyglo, Blaenau Gwent. This innovative partnership delivers an excellent quality, cost effective service and has been designed around the needs of the residents, while at the same time, delivering very real catering training for Vision 21 trainees.

Asset Development

Vision 21 has developed it’s long term asset, Unit 12 Fieldway, as a workshop unit for woodwork, catering ICT and Office skills. Sbectrwm Community Centre, Fairwater developed in 2002 following an asset transfer. The latest asset transfer is the Oaks Garden Nursery site, in the Heath, which Vision 21 is looking to develop further as a social enterprise. It has also developed additional projects on a lease basis.