Established in 1997, the objectives of Orcadia are to provide a safe, secure, enjoyable, friendly, stimulating and challenging environment for children, young people and adults with learning disabilities, physical disabilities and challenging behaviour by providing an opportunity to attend classes at the Centre and develop a wide range of skills whilst experiencing social interaction with their peers which in many instances they would not otherwise be able to do. We currently have around 200 students attending our in-depth programme of classes and activities at the Centre.
Under the supervision of our creative, skilled and dedicated staff all our students have the opportunity to become involved in a variety of programmes including one to one and group contact sessions in creative arts, music, dance, drama, movement and mime, puppetry and filmmaking, in addition to social groups, workshops and evening classes.
As well as our Youth and Young People’s Clubs which are held weekly on Wednesday and Thursday evenings we also hold a Valentine’s disco, Barbeques, Halloween and Christmas parties with our most recent addition a Film Night where students and family members have a unique opportunity to come to the Centre and have a social evening watching the films produced in the Creative Arts and Film Making classes. This provides a wonderful opportunity and experience for the students to share their work, achievements and accomplishments with their parents, carers and tutors.
The interests and development of all our students who attend the Centre are undertaken by our 10 full time staff.
The success in delivering the day to day activities for our students is entirely due to their hard work, enthusiasm, commitment, dedication and professionalism in developing positive and motivating relationships.
All our staff and volunteers hold Enhanced Disclosures and are members of the Protection of Vulnerable Groups Scheme and are required to continue their personal development by attending training courses. This ensures Orcadia remains at the forefront in providing innovative and creative developments to enhance and extend our students experience. At Orcadia we recognise the importance of all these attributes in our staff and are proud and privileged to have on board such a wonderful team.
Our Board of Trustees is responsible for the Governance of the Charity with all our Trustees working in a voluntary capacity to further develop the ethos, aims and objectives of Orcadia. Many of the Trustees have themselves sons and daughters with disabilities and as a result therefore, have a first hand in depth experience and exceptional understanding of our students disabilities and how best to develop the services we provide.
Caroline Barclay (Chairperson)
Aileen Harris (Vice Chairperson)