The Chapel on High Street, Barry is our main premises for delivering services. We provide a range of educational, social and life skill activities to enable service users to achieve qualifications, improve self-confidence and independence.
Our activities include gardening in our vegetable garden and polytunnel, arts and crafts, cooking in our kitchen, computer and office skills, sport, health and wellbeing, environmental awareness and much more. Our recent accredited courses have included Positional Vocabulary, Accessing the Countryside and Introduction to Carrying out a Wildlife Survey.
We also have a 17-seater minibus which enables us to carry out visits further afield such as museums, nature reserves and to visit our other premises in Barry and Llantwit Major. In March 2020 we built a new classroom in the rear yard of The Chapel to provide additional scope for arts and craft tuition.
Café No:5 on High Street, Barry is a training facility for our service users to gain a range of skills and qualifications in a catering environment. We offer a range of home-made meals and snacks, delicious soups, traditional breakfasts, cakes and afternoon tea, as well as barista coffee and many other drinks.
The practical training is backed up by our programme of accredited courses relating to the catering sector. The cafe is partly supplied with vegetables and salad from the ValePlus garden. Where possible all our ingredients are sourced locally to minimise our carbon footprint and keep our food miles as low as possible. We use the cafe as a way to reach out into the local community, working with Refill Barry, Fairtrade Barry and hosting coffee drop-in sessions for local groups.
We can bake cakes to order, if you are interested please contact 01446 722822 or get in touch through our contact page.
Our Training Centre in Llantwit Major is a venue accessible to residents in the western or rural Vale. We provide a range of educational, social and life skill activities to enable service users to achieve qualifications, improve self-confidence and independence. We operate a Food Co-operative and are very much part of the local community.
Our Llantwit centre is open 5 days a week (9.30 - 3.45) and is suitable for people who benefit from being in a small group.
The activities offered include ASDAN, Towards Independence, Workright and Personal Progress all using computer, practical cookery, horticulture, money skills, arts and crafts, sport sessions and running a local food co-operative.
Nova Shop on High Street, Barry is a training facility provides opportunities to learn a range of skills in a retail setting. This makes Nova a Charity Shop with a real difference, making an environmental contribution while enabling our service users to gain qualifications and experience. We are able to stock a range of high-quality goods thanks to the donations received from local residents.
Service users run the shop under the guidance of ValePlus staff. New trainees follow an induction course covering the routine of the shop, which includes using the till, steaming the clothes, checking the stock, recording sales. They then follow the ASDAN Workright course which is a preparatory level programme. Trainees can then progress to the Employability qualification which starts at Entry Level 2 and continues to Level 2.
Trainees are encouraged to work as independently as possible around the shop and this is a good stepping stone to seeking permanent employment.