Photo: three adults choose lunch from a menu

Glamorgan House in Neath is a place where autistic people can come for support, to socialise and to learn new skills.

We specialise in autism-specific, lifelong learning in an environment similar to a college. People who come to the centre can choose from a range of vocational opportunities, all of which are designed to help them experience community-based activities. We encourage everyone who comes to our centre to convert their achievements into qualifications via the Open College Network (Agored Cymru).

At Glamorgan House, we put autistic people first – we help them develop their skills and abilities, and we encourage independence.

Leisure and learning activities

I enjoy the activities at Glamorgan House and Lonlas with my friends.

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 autistic adults. Each person can choose specific sessions or attend on specific days.

Everyone who uses our support centre 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 Glamorgan House autism centre:

  • independent living skills
  • IT skills
  • creative therapies including music, dance and creative arts
  • vocational and educational support in partnership with local colleges
  • educational skills
  • social skills and team work
  • carpentry.

In the community:

  • college placements and work experience
  • shopping and eating out
  • canoeing, hiking, fishing
  • ten pin bowling
  • cycling
  • swimming.

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

 

Person-centred approach

We work closely with each person to help them create their own support plan and put it into practice, giving them every opportunity to develop and thrive.

Communication can be difficult for autistic people, 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 autistic person 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.