Vision 21 – Cyfle Cymru

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

Type:Full

Web:www.v21.org.uk

Email:admin@v21.org.uk

Tel:029 2062 1194

Contact:Rob Larkins CEO

Description & History

Established in 1986 in Cardiff, Vision 21 provides realistic work based opportunities for people with learning needs.  The charity recognises that people with learning difficulties have a lot to offer the workplace and that they have the same aspirations and opportunities to work as others.

Vision 21 offers a varied range of vocational and social skills training programmes, its 17 training projects are located in realistic work based settings providing people with learning needs time and support to develop their strengths and abilities.

At the heart of its training ethos is the belief that work has the power to make a difference to the lives of those who attend. Trainees work and learn alongside staff who have a skilled knowledge base. They work on real purposeful tasks through person centred training. Each project aims to create a culture that enables people to succeed, working towards fulfilling people’s potential and the social wellbeing of the individuals. The charity has also developed a range of income generating social enterprises in community settings that provide, person centred training to people with learning disabilities, as well as a service to the public and volunteering opportunities.

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 Nant y Glo.

15 Social Enterprises

Roots @ Bettws
A allotment project located in Bettws near Newport, trainees learn a range of horticultural, vegetable production and garden maintenance skills.

Full Circle (Caerphilly) and Full Circle (Nantyglo)
Providing up to 60 meals per day in each facility for residents living in United Welsh Housing’s Extra Care schemes at Caerphilly and Nantyglo.

Fairwater Community Garden
Located alongside Sbectrwm this project trains students in environmental, social and horticultural skills.
Fairwater Pottery. Located in Sbectrwm this project trains students in hand building techniques, ceramic production skills, portfolio building and ceramic technician skills.

Vision Made Gift Shop
Located at 91 Albany Road in Cardiff this Shabby Chic themed gift shop enables trainees to develop retail skills by selling Vision 21 products made in the training projects as well as bought in Fairtrade stock and Bomb cosmetics

The Paper Shed Project
Located at Sbectrwm in Fairwater, students learn handmade card production and packaging skills as well as handmade paper crafts
Gegin Fach Cafe‚ at Sbectrwm.  Trainees learn food and buffet preparation, food hygiene and retail and customer care skills

Fieldway Kitchen
Located in the Heath in Cardiff trainees learn basic catering skills in a canteen environment, food hygiene and an introduction to retail skills

A La Carte at Rookwood Hospital
Located in Rookwood Hospital Cardiff, trainees learn food and buffet preparation, food hygiene, and retail skills and customer care skills

Oaks Garden Nursery

Located in Allensbank Road, Cardiff, trainees learn horticulture and retail skills in a garden nursery

Bespoke Woodwork
Located in the Heath, Cardiff, trainees learn about working with wood, furniture assembly, and application of wood finishes and team work, creating quality products for the home and garden

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

Sbectrwm
Located in Fairwater in Cardiff, Sbectrwm Community Enterprise Centre in a former derelict school site, is home to a number of Vision 21 training projects as well as a range of voluntary and community organisations. It offers office space, training, meeting rooms, and a large community hall for hire.

3 Classroom Based Projects:

  • Life Skills – Located at Sbectrwm, Life Skills provides a wide range of credit based learning modules in work related skills and life skills
  • ICT – Vision 21’s ICT suit is located in the Heath in Cardiff. This project trains students in a wide range of ICT skills
  • Office Skills – Providing real work experience in Vision 21’s own reception area, to learn about the day to day running of an office

Other Services

School Holiday Club – funded by Children in Need running during term holiday for people with learning needs 14-18 years old.

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.