About Vision 21

``I just wanted to say a massive thank-you for inviting us into your organisation. I personally found Vision 21 to be the most inspiring and rewarding volunteering day that I have done``.Volunteer - Community 10,000 day.

Vision 21

Vision 21 (Cyfle Cymru) was founded in 1986 by Barry Shiers MBE. The charity quickly established a reputation for sound vocational training in a supportive environment.  Barry Shiers made the decision to retire at the end of May 2013 and the role of Chief Executive Officer is now held by Rob Larkins.

The original vision and inspiration remains to provide:


‘Realistic work based training opportunities for people with learning needs’.



Vision 21 has grown and developed greatly over the years and is a far cry from the small garage where it all began. Vision 21 now has 17 projects covering Catering, Horticulture, Retail, ICT, Woodwork, Pottery, Creative Choices and Card Making and Life Skills.

The projects are located around Cardiff, Newport, Caerphilly, the Vale of Glamorgan and Blaenau Gwent. It has also introduced Creative Choices holiday workshops through the half term and holiday periods, as well as an early evening art club for 14 to 18 year olds with learning needs at Sbectrwm in Fairwater.

Person centred planning is at the core of our training provision. Trainees are all encouraged to develop independent living skills. Trainees who attend our projects have the opportunity to work towards Agored Cymru credit based learning certificates.  We also offer a personal development route with a strong emphasis on monitoring the skills of the trainees.  Trainees achieve this through our Soft Skills programme.

We are able to offer a range of facilities that could hardly have been dreamt of when it began. Vision 21 reviews its service provision on a regular basis and remains responsive to the changing needs of our trainees, ensuring that the ingredients that made the original workshop a success have been maintained.


If you’d like to contact us:

Tel: 029 2062 1194
Email: admin@v21.org.uk

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