Information for Parents

We are really passionate about young people having the opportunity to experience and learn through the great outdoors and hope that your son/daughter has a great time doing this at the Maes y Lade Centre.  Below is some information that we hope you will find useful.  If you have any further questions or want to clarify anything then please give us a call on the number below.

You can contact the Maes y Lade Centre by telephone on: 01497 847236 or 07813 688 318 by  email: davidh@essexboysandgirlsclubs.org

MOBILE PHONES

Due to the geographical nature of the centre and the surrounding mountains mobile phone reception is patchy!  Whilst the immediate reaction might be that poor signal is a negative thing, it is actually a great part of the learning experience that Maes y Lade offers.  In a world that young people are constantly encouraged to engage through their phones having the space to explore and appreciate the national park environment around them without their mobiles even for a few days can be freeing and helps the young people to engage effectively with their peers at the centre. 
WHAT TO BRING

You can find a full list of what kit to bring with you on the What to Bring page.  If you do want to call to clarify anything or to put your mind at rest over your son/daughter’s trip then you can call the number at the top of the page and speak to one of the centre’s staff.  We have been running residential experiences for over 55 years so we know how important it is for parents to have the information they need and feel in the loop, so no matter how insignificant you think your question is, give us a call we will be happy to talk to you!

DOMESTIC DUTIES

As part of the residential experience, all course members will be expected to share some of the domestic duties at the Centre such as keeping bedrooms and communal living areas tidy, helping to serve meals and cleaning activity equipment after use.  You never know they might even keep doing it when they come home!

SMOKING & ALCOHOL

Maes y lade operates a non-smoking policy in all of the buildings and also whilst students are participating in activities or travelling in minibuses. Alcohol is not permitted to be consumed on the premises.

UNSUITABLE/UNREASONABLE BEHAVIOUR

If a participant’s behaviour is deemed to be unreasonable/unsuitable by Centre Staff, they may be sent home and no refund given.  This is of course a rare occurrence and if this was the case then we would keep you as the parent/guardian fully informed.

CONSENT FORMS

This confidential information is vital as the activity organisers & instructors will need to know of any medical/dietary requirements etc. that the young people in their care may have.  Please make sure that you fill it in as accurately and fully as you can as it means that we can then provide the best possible experience for participants on the residential.   Whilst we will do our best to cater for as many young people as possible the final acceptance of students  is at the discretion of the Centre Manager. 

INSURANCE

Maes y Lade does provide liability insurance cover. However, there is no arranged cover to provide automatic compensation for persons injured in the course of activities/programmes or for the loss of personal equipment, or cancellation.

CENTRE ADDRESS

Here is where you can find us:

Maes y lade Centre

Tregoyd, Brecon, Powys LD3 0SS

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