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Our Belin autism centre in Caerleon gives autistic adults with learning disabilities a place to come for support, to socialise and to learn.

Our range of classes and activities are designed to help autistic people to follow their interests, develop life skills, gain confidence and become more independent.

We try to make sure that everyone who comes to Belin autism centre has an enjoyable and educational experience – and we encourage everyone to convert their achievements into qualifications via the Open College Network (Agored Cymru).

Leisure and learning activities

I like coming to the Belin - it's really great.

Person we support

We offer a range of leisure, educational and vocational activities,which may be based in our centre or in the community. We deliver our programmes in structured environments ideal for adults with autism. Each person can choose specific sessions or attend on specific days.

Everyone who uses our day services uses the NAS SPELL framework and TEACCH. These approaches provide essential structure and a means of clear communication designed to support people with autism.

The activities we offer

At Belin autism centre:

  • Open College Network-accredited programmes with Agored Cymru
  • social skills, including a weekly evening social group
  • communication skills
  • independent living skills
  • educational and vocational support
  • horticultural skills
  • community activities
  • arts and crafts.

In the community:

  • ten pin bowling
  • cycling
  • swimming
  • shopping
  • eating out
  • planning travel and using public transport.

We also support people to do other activities that they are interested in.

Person-centred approach

We are so pleased with our son's development since coming to the Belin autism centre and we really appreciate the work of the staff team.

Parent

We work closely with each person to help them create their own programme of activities and put it into practice at the times they choose, giving them every opportunity to develop and thrive.

Communication can be difficult for people with autism, so we use a variety of communication methods, including spoken language, sign language and visual strategies. This helps us to communicate clearly with each person and ensures we hear and understand their views.

We also make sure that we involve family, carers and friends in the planning process.

Our team

Our staff have a range of specialist knowledge that enables them to offer each person with autism the right support and help them to fulfil their needs and wishes. Our staff receive autism-specific training, which they build upon throughout their career.

How to access our support

There are several ways you can pay for support through our day-time hubs. For more information, visit our benefits and care page.