Understanding Schizophrenia: Unravelling the Mysteries


Schizophrenia is one of the most complex and often misunderstood mental disorders. Despite its portrayal in the media, there is a lot more to this condition than what meets the eye. This article aims to delve into the intricacies of schizophrenia, debunk common misconceptions, and provide insight into ongoing research and treatment options.

Definition and Overview

Schizophrenia is a chronic brain disorder that affects about 1 in 100 people in the UK at some point in their lives. It significantly alters how a person thinks, feels, and behaves. Those affected by schizophrenia may seem like they have lost touch with reality. This is, in fact, its defining feature, known clinically as “Psychosis”. It can be distressing for both individuals with schizophrenia and those around them.

Diagnostic Criteria

The latest diagnostic criteria divide the symptoms of schizophrenia into two categories: positive and negative. Positive symptoms are additional behaviours not seen in healthy individuals, such as hallucinations and delusions. Negative symptoms involve a lack of behaviours or abilities that are typically present, such as reduced motivation or emotional expression.

Differences in Presentation

The presentation of schizophrenia can vary widely among individuals. For example, a person might experience auditory hallucinations, such as hearing voices, while another might have visual hallucinations or delusions of grandeur, where they believe they are of significant importance or possess special powers.

What is Similar, but Not Schizophrenia

It is important to differentiate schizophrenia from other conditions, particularly dissociative identity disorder (DID), formerly known as multiple personality disorder. DID involves a person having two or more distinct identities or personality states, which is not a feature of schizophrenia.

Common Misconceptions

Multiple Personality Disorder

One of the most pervasive misconceptions is that schizophrenia involves multiple personalities. This confusion often stems from media portrayals but is inaccurate. Schizophrenia is characterised by a fragmented thinking process and a disconnection from reality, not the presence of multiple distinct personalities.

Violence and Schizophrenia

Likewise, there is a mistaken belief that people with schizophrenia are dangerous. The truth is that the vast majority of individuals with schizophrenia will never be violent. In fact, they are far more likely to be victims of violence rather than perpetrators. Studies show that people with schizophrenia are at a greater risk of being attacked or harmed than the general population. 

This misconception is often fueled by sensationalised media portrayals, which disproportionately highlight the rare instances of violence associated with the disorder. Understanding this helps in reducing the stigma and promoting a more compassionate view of those living with schizophrenia.

Real life Cases

One compelling personal story comes from Elyn Saks, a woman diagnosed with chronic schizophrenia who has managed to defy the grim prognosis given to her. Despite spending hundreds of days in psychiatric hospitals and facing severe psychotic episodes, Saks became a chaired professor at the University of Southern California’s Gould School of Law. 

Her journey highlights the potential for individuals with schizophrenia to lead fulfilling and successful lives, given the right treatment and support. Saks attributes her stability to excellent psychoanalytic therapy, effective medication, a strong support network of family and friends, and a highly supportive work environment. This underscores the critical importance of comprehensive care and social support in managing schizophrenia.

Saks’ experiences also shed light on the misconceptions and stigma surrounding schizophrenia. She vividly describes the terror of her psychotic episodes, such as believing she had caused mass deaths with her thoughts or fearing imminent nuclear explosions in her brain. These personal accounts illustrate the intense distress that can accompany the disorder. 

Saks advocates for non-coercive, compassionate treatment approaches, arguing against the use of force in psychiatric care. Her story serves as a powerful reminder that people with schizophrenia are more than their diagnosis—they are individuals with hopes, dreams, and the potential to achieve great things.

If you’d like to see her full TED talk, we would highly recommend it, you can find it here.

It’s also important to recognise that a much more bleak and unfortunate outcome can often be the reality for individuals with schizophrenia. Someone who is suffering from a particularly 

Hollywood Portrayal

Hollywood has contributed significantly to the misconceptions about schizophrenia. Movies and TV shows often dramatise the condition, focusing on the more sensational aspects like violence and unpredictability. This has led to a skewed public perception, overshadowing the everyday realities and struggles of those living with the disorder.

Causes of Schizophrenia

The exact cause of schizophrenia remains unknown and is likely to differ from person to person. Researchers believe that a combination of genetic, environmental, and psychosocial factors contribute to the development of the disorder. Understanding these factors can provide insight into the complex nature of schizophrenia.


Genetic factors play a significant role in the likelihood of developing schizophrenia. If someone in your family has schizophrenia, your risk of developing the condition increases to about one in ten. Studies on twins have shown that if one identical twin has schizophrenia, the other twin has a roughly 50% chance of developing it. Non-identical twins, who share a different genetic makeup, have a slightly higher risk than any other sibling if one of them has schizophrenia. This indicates a strong genetic component, although it is not the sole determinant.

Childhood Trauma and Stressful Life Events

Experiences of extreme stress during childhood, such as abuse or neglect, can increase the likelihood of developing schizophrenia. Similarly, significant stressful life events, like losing a loved one, becoming homeless, or being unemployed, can trigger the onset of the disorder. These stressors can exacerbate underlying vulnerabilities, leading to the development or worsening of symptoms.

Differences in Brain Chemistry

Research has shown that brain chemistry, particularly the functioning of neurotransmitters like dopamine, differs in individuals with schizophrenia. Antipsychotic medications, which help manage the symptoms of schizophrenia, work by correcting these chemical imbalances. However, the exact nature of these differences and how they contribute to schizophrenia is still being studied.

Brain Damage

Brain scans reveal that some people with schizophrenia have structural differences in their brains, although this is not universal. These differences may result from complications during birth, such as lack of oxygen, or viral infections during early pregnancy, which can impact brain development.

The Complicated Relationship with Drugs and Alcohol

Drug Use and Schizophrenia

The relationship between drug use and schizophrenia is complex. While it is clear that drug and alcohol use can exacerbate symptoms and interfere with treatment, the role of substances like cannabis in causing schizophrenia is still being studied. Heavy cannabis use, especially during the teenage years, has been associated with an increased risk of developing schizophrenia. Stronger forms of cannabis, such as skunk, may further elevate this risk. Amphetamines can induce psychotic symptoms that typically subside when the drug use stops, but they might trigger long-term illness in genetically predisposed individuals.

Self-Medication and Symptom Management

Some individuals may turn to drugs or alcohol to cope with the early symptoms of schizophrenia, such as anxiety or depression. However, this self-medication can worsen the condition and complicate treatment. Substance use can lead to heightened delusions and hallucinations, making the disorder more challenging to manage. Therefore, addressing drug and alcohol use is a critical component of treating schizophrenia effectively.

Summary of Causes

Schizophrenia is a multifaceted disorder influenced by genetic predisposition, environmental stressors, brain chemistry, and sometimes substance use. While we do not fully understand all the causes, recognising these factors can help in developing more effective treatments and support systems. Early intervention, comprehensive care, and addressing co-occurring substance use are essential steps in managing schizophrenia and improving the quality of life for those affected.

Ongoing Research

Research into schizophrenia is ongoing, with scientists exploring various aspects of the disorder to better understand its causes and develop more effective treatments. One prominent institution focusing on schizophrenia research is the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) at King’s College London. Their research covers a broad range of areas, including genetic studies, neuroimaging, and the development of new therapeutic approaches.

Genetic Studies

Researchers at IoPPN are investigating the genetic factors that contribute to schizophrenia. By studying the DNA of individuals with the disorder and comparing it to those without, scientists hope to identify specific genes associated with an increased risk of schizophrenia. Understanding these genetic links can help in predicting who might be at risk and in developing targeted interventions.


Neuroimaging techniques, such as MRI and PET scans, are used to study the brain structures and functions of people with schizophrenia. These studies aim to identify abnormalities in brain regions and neurotransmitter systems involved in the disorder. Recent advancements have allowed researchers to map the brain more precisely, leading to better insights into how schizophrenia affects brain activity and connectivity.

New Therapeutic Approaches

In addition to genetic and neuroimaging studies, IoPPN is also involved in developing new therapeutic approaches. This includes researching new medications that can more effectively manage symptoms with fewer side effects. There is also a focus on non-pharmacological treatments, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), which has shown promise in helping individuals manage their symptoms and improve their quality of life.

Progress and Future Directions

Significant progress has been made in understanding the biological underpinnings of schizophrenia. For instance, researchers have identified several genetic variants associated with the disorder and have mapped key brain regions that are affected. These discoveries are paving the way for the development of more precise treatments.

Looking forward, the goal is to create personalised treatment plans based on an individual’s genetic profile and specific brain abnormalities. This personalised approach could lead to more effective management of schizophrenia, reducing the trial-and-error process often involved in finding the right treatment.

What to Do If You Suspect Someone May Be Schizophrenic

If you suspect someone you know may be suffering from schizophrenia, it is important not to attempt to diagnose them yourself. Encourage them to seek help from a mental health professional who can provide an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment. Early intervention can make a significant difference in managing the condition.

Please don’t think that just because someone has been “normal” all the time that you’ve known them that they can’t be schizophrenic. That’s one of the more insidious features of this disease, is its apparent suddenness. It can really take people by surprise, as with many diseases. Again, early intervention can make a significant difference in management of and recovery from schizophrenia. The outlook for individuals who are treated with the appropriate interventions at the right time is very good. Many will go on to live successful, fulfilling lives. 


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Highlights from April 2024

Recent News

Serendipity is proud to announce that our rating from the most recent audit has come through and we received the highest grading! We would like to thank our managers and all our team for their contributions toward making this happen. Through the quality of care we provide, we hope to continue hitting these targets.

Staff News

Another big congratulations to 2 of our Employee of the Quarter winners, Amanda Daniel and Victoria Hanman!

Here are some words from their colleagues: “Victoria puts the residents needs first and she goes above and beyond her duties” “Amanda is always happy to help, no task if ever too big or too small, she has a heart of gold and a beautiful person inside and out.”

Victoria Hanman

Amanda Daniel

Absolutely wonderful, we love to hear such positive and supportive feedback from the team.

Dan Ring has become our NEW Team Leader Congratulations, Dan! This new role, reinforces our leadership structure in Bellwave House. With the Registered Manager, Mark Davies, overseeing Bellwave Drive, this ensures adequate leadership across our facilities and supports future expansion. Mark Davies retains regulatory responsibility for both sites, maintaining significant involvement in both services.

Bellwave House

Residents at Bellwave Drive have been actively engaged in a diverse range of events and activities throughout the past month. Our established activity program now includes choir sessions and pool tournaments. Additionally, some residents joined the ‘walk for autism’ fundraiser, which successfully raised over £600 for Autism Awareness. Dressed in vibrant colors, we paraded through Porthcawl, pausing midway for a well-deserved break with coffee and ice cream.

The pleasant weather added to the enjoyment of the day, and everyone had a wonderful time while contributing significantly to the cause.

In other news, DW, a resident at Bellwave House, is currently in the process of transitioning from Residential Care to supported living with Serendipity. DW has made remarkable progress since joining Bellwave House, having previously received care at Cefn Yr Afon rehabilitation centre. The multidisciplinary team (MDT) has unanimously agreed that DW is ready for this next step toward independence. DW is eagerly looking forward to this new chapter, filled with anticipation and excitement.

Bellwave Corner

Bellwave Corner has kicked off its summer gardening efforts. We recently visited the garden centre in Pyle with IW, who assisted us in selecting items for our garden. Currently, we’ve planted potatoes and garlic, with MF lending a hand. This is just the beginning of our gardening project, and we aim to involve everyone in our weekly gardening clubs, NW helped conduct interviews for a new support worker, and he thoroughly enjoyed participating. He asked numerous questions and shared information about himself and our home.

NW shared positive remarks, saying, “The staff are lovely, and I like where I live.” MF is just four pounds away from losing a stone since starting Slimming World. MF mentioned that he’ll receive a certificate and a gold star from Slimming World upon reaching this milestone. He’s staying active by going on long walks, such as the Autism Awareness walk, where he covered over 9000 steps! Impressive!

MF is also eagerly anticipating his holiday to Tenby on the 10th of May and plans to do some clothes shopping for new holiday attire beforehand. MF, JK, and NW are still thoroughly enjoying the weekly pool tournaments. They’re all determined to clinch the trophy!

Bellave Apartments

Bellwave Apartments proudly congratulates Nadine Stevenson on her new role as Senior for the downstairs floor. With over a year of experience, Nadine’s journey from a support worker at Bellwave Corner in South Cornelly exemplifies her dedication.

While her departure saddens the team and residents at Bellwave Corner, we’re thrilled to witness her career advancement within the company. A warm welcome goes out to our three new Support Workers: Mark Williams, Naomi Fatuga, and Emily Middleton. Having completed their inductions, they’re currently shadowing experienced staff members, eager to embark on their Serendipity careers.

Happy birthday wishes are extended to Katie, our Home Lead, and to our resident JVT, who celebrated his 62nd birthday with a small party. We kicked off the month with a successful coffee morning and quiz, appreciating the staff and individuals who participated. Easter brought arts, crafts, and baking events.

As April embraced sunnier days, residents and staff seized the opportunity to tidy the garden for vegetable and flower planting during our weekly gardening group. VJ and JVT enjoyed leisurely walks and duck feeding at Margam Park.

Our choir group received a warm reception, with special thanks to SD of the Apartments for generously donating a spare microphone and amplifier. An event raising awareness for Bipolar disorder was held, providing valuable information to staff and residents.

Amidst these activities, walks in nearby nature reserves continue to be a favourite pastime. VJ is a regular at the weekly pool tournaments in Porthcawl. Additionally, we’ve converted the old office room upstairs into a bedroom, eagerly anticipating the arrival of a new resident to our home.

Bellwave Cottage

It’s been a relatively peaceful period at the Cottage, save for a series of storms that caused inconvenience for one resident seeking outdoor relaxation. In response, we acquired a new smoking shelter, a task almost as challenging as weathering the storms themselves.

With resident support, the shelter now stands assembled and in full use. A respite from the inclement weather enabled a group from the Cottage to venture to Mumbles, indulging in local attractions and a seaside lunch. Here’s to hoping for brighter skies in the weeks ahead to facilitate more outings.

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Article: Stress and Mental Health


April is National Stress Awareness Month, in the UK. Stress Awareness Month has been held every April since 1992 in order to bring awareness to the affects, causes and cures for stress in modern times. 

As we observe National Stress Awareness Month, understanding and managing stress is crucial, not just for general well-being but particularly for its profound impact on mental health.

In this article, we explore how stress impacts mental health, particularly for those with existing conditions, examining its biological effects and its role in therapeutic processes.

What is Stress?

Stress is best understood as a state of being that encompasses both physical and psychological responses. We often perceive stress as a mental state, but it primarily begins with a physical response, involving hormones like cortisol and adrenaline, as well as various neurotransmitters. These biochemical changes affect various bodily systems, from our gut health to our cognitive focus.

So rather than saying that stress is a feeling or an emotion, we can more accurately say that stress is a state of being that affects our feelings and emotions.

The Function of Stress

Stress heightens our alertness, energises our muscles for quick action, and prioritises energy for vital functions—known as the ‘Fight, Flight, Freeze’ response. While this is crucial in survival situations, in the absence of an immediate physical threat, it becomes counterproductive, interfering with our ability to focus on tasks and manage daily activities effectively.

As we’ve adapted to our environment over thousands of years and particularly the last few hundred, we’ve removed so many threats and dangers from our everyday lives. This is obviously something we can be very grateful for, but it’s also made stress less of a protective force and more of a negative force that causes distress and even harm.

Is Stress Always Bad?

Not at all, stress can have a positive effect too. For example, if you’re trying to build muscle by lifting weights, you’re stressing your body. Lifting weights causes very small tears in your muscle fibres, which results in your body adapting to the stress and increasing your ability to resist that muscle damage in the future—until you increase the weight again, of course.

This kind of controlled stress is what allows us to become resilient to the stressors we’re being exposed to. Our immune systems work in a similar way.

Where stress becomes harmful is in the hormones that are released into the body during a stress response. Our bodies aren’t designed to function with these hormones—primarily adrenaline (epinephrine) and cortisol—circulating for extended periods. Short bursts can be advantageous; for instance, adrenaline is useful when running the hundred-yard dash but not so much if you’re performing heart surgery.

When our bodies are exposed to these hormones for extended durations and with some regularity, they can cause widespread issues. Prolonged exposure to cortisol can suppress immune function, increase susceptibility to infections, and contribute to weight gain and heart disease. Similarly, chronic high levels of adrenaline can increase the risk of cardiovascular problems like hypertension and heart attacks.

Stress and Mental Health

Now that we understand the basics of stress, we can look at how it directly affects those who live with existing mental health conditions.

Stress can disrupt the progress of individuals who are seeking to improve their mental health. To explain why that is, it’s important to understand what’s going on in the brain while that improvement is taking place.

Mental health is a huge topic, so we’re going to simplify things a bit in the interest of getting to the point. 

Mental health issues arise from diverse causes and can manifest in numerous ways, whether they’re congenital or developed over time due to various factors. What remains consistent is the fact that these mental health conditions adversely affect an individual’s ability to live comfortably and engage with the world optimally.

While therapeutic interventions vary, most of them share a common goal: to shift from maladaptive patterns of thinking and behaviour to those that enhance one’s ability to deal with life’s challenges and experience its joys.

Improving Mental Health

Getting from a state of poor mental health to a state of improved mental health, is often a difficult undertaking. If a particular mental health condition has been persistent for some time, then it becomes even harder. What needs to happen in the brain in order to promote lasting change is very demanding on our mental energy resources.

One of these necessary, but energy consuming tasks is the creation of new neural connections. You can think of neural connections as patterns and pathways that exist in and between brain systems, which dictate how we respond to the world around us. When these connections are maladaptive, individuals can experience the world more negatively. 

Consider someone with claustrophobia who is asked to get into an elevator. Their brain has reinforced neural connections that perceive enclosed spaces as threats. The intense fear response they experience is biologically normal, the brain really does believe that the elevator is a threat to its survival. It’s a normal response, but maladaptive in safe environments. Overcoming such deeply ingrained fears requires gradually rewiring these connections, which is a difficult and energy consuming task. 

Stress as a Barrier

So change is possible, but it isn’t easy, which is where stress comes back into the picture. Changing patterns of thought and behaviour is in itself, stressful. However it is a concentrated and focussed effort that means individuals can persevere through the discomfort and create those new neural connections, leading them toward a new default mental state and better mental health. 

Stress from the outside world adds extra difficulty to the process of improving mental health. Sometimes it can be enough to cause setbacks and affect progress. It’s so important to be able to recognise when we are stressed, what our stressors are and how to mediate or eliminate them where possible.

Recognising Stress

Knowing what kind of effects stress can have on the already difficult task of improving mental health is important, and sets up the need to know how to manage stress effectively.

There are many stress management techniques out there, we’ll take a look at a few of them in a moment. The first thing to understand is when we are actually feeling stressed. Oftentimes stress can build up undetected as a result of small disappointments, frustrations and misfortune. 

There is the obvious stress that comes on rapidly, for example, blowing a tire on the motorway when you’re already running late for an important job interview. But this less obvious type of stress that builds up, can make itself harder to detect and often our bodies are operating in a state of stress before our mind has realised it.

Here are some signs your body is actually in a state of stress that you may not immediately notice:

Physical Symptoms: These can include headaches, muscle tension or pain, fatigue, and changes in sleep patterns. Stress can also manifest through stomach upset or changes in appetite.

Emotional Responses: Feelings of anxiety, irritability, or depression are common emotional responses to stress. You might find yourself feeling overwhelmed or having a sense of losing control.

Behavioural Changes: Stress can lead to changes in behaviour, such as withdrawing from social activities, changes in eating habits, increased use of alcohol or drugs, and exhibiting nervous behaviours like nail-biting.

Cognitive Effects: Difficulty concentrating, racing thoughts, constant worrying, and indecisiveness are cognitive signs of stress. These can affect your ability to make decisions and impact your productivity.

If you feel any combination of these, it is worth pausing a moment and asking yourself the question “am I stressed”. Remember that this stress state affects everything you feel and do in some way. If you can address and ease this state, you might find improvement in areas you didn’t even realise needed it.

Managing Stress

Once you recognise the signs of stress, you can employ various techniques to manage it effectively. Thanks to a concept known as “biofeedback”, we can kind of “hack” our brain’s stress response by convincing it that it’s safe. This conscious effort to replicate the state of calm our brains naturally produce when they’re at ease, is the key to a short term cure for stress. Here are some examples:

Short Term Stress Management

Box Breathing: Also known as square breathing, this technique involves breathing in for four counts, holding the breath for four counts, exhaling for four counts, and then holding again for four counts. This method helps regulate the nervous system and can calm the mind quickly.

Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR): This involves tensing each muscle group in the body tightly, but not to the point of strain, and then releasing the tension. This exercise helps focus on the difference between physical tension and relaxation, which can signal the brain to relax.

Mindful Walking: This can be particularly effective if you feel confined or restless. Focus on each step, the movement of your legs, the touch of your feet on the ground, and the rhythm of your breath. This can ground your thoughts in the present moment and reduce stress.

Guided Imagery: This technique involves closing your eyes and imagining a peaceful scene or setting. This visual mental escape can reduce muscle tension and lower stress in the body by promoting relaxation.

Deep Diaphragmatic Breathing: This involves deep, even breaths from the diaphragm rather than shallow breaths from the chest. This type of breathing can help reset the stress response system by stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system, which promotes relaxation.

Long term Stress Management

The best approach is prevention. By building resilience to external stressors and preempting the brain’s tendency to become stressed, we can weaken stress’s influence and enhance our capacity to manage it effectively.

Here are some techniques to incorporate into your daily life, even just one of these will be a tremendous help if applied consistently:

Regular Exercise: Physical activity can help reduce stress by producing endorphins, chemicals in the brain that act as natural painkillers and mood elevators. It also helps you get better sleep, which can be negatively affected by stress.

Mindfulness and Meditation: Practices like mindfulness meditation can reduce stress and improve your overall mental health. These techniques help you focus on the present moment and can provide a calming effect on your mind and body. Try sitting comfortably, placing one hand on your belly and the other on your chest, breathing deeply and focusing on the sensation of your hand being moved by your body.

There is no shortage of resources on mindfulness!

Time Management: Effective time management can help reduce stress by making daily tasks less daunting and more manageable. Prioritising tasks, setting realistic goals, and taking breaks can help manage workload and reduce stress. Try starting with a daily planner, then work your way up to planning your weeks.

Healthy Social Interactions: Engaging in social activities can improve your mood and distract you from stressors. Talking to someone about how you feel can also release built-up tension and provide new perspectives on stressful situations. Finding a club for an existing hobby is a great way to talk to people you already have something in common with.

Professional Help: If stress becomes overwhelming and persistent, it may be helpful to speak to a professional. Psychologists or counsellors can offer strategies to manage stress effectively and help you deal with underlying issues that may be contributing to your stress.


As we conclude this exploration during National Stress Awareness Month, it’s clear that stress, while often perceived negatively, plays a complex role in our lives. Understanding how stress functions biologically and its impact on our mental health is crucial, not just for those with existing mental health conditions but for anyone interested in maintaining psychological well-being. While stress can sometimes be a catalyst for growth, it often presents significant challenges that can impede progress in managing mental health conditions.

Effective stress management involves recognizing stress signals early, employing both short-term techniques to alleviate immediate stress and long-term strategies to build resilience. Whether through mindfulness practices, physical exercise, or professional guidance, learning to manage stress is an invaluable skill that can significantly enhance our quality of life.

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Highlights from March 2024


Bellwave Apartments would like to congratulate Katie Bethell who has accepted the position of Home Lead for the downstairs floor of the Apartments. Katie has worked for the company for a number of years and has gained experience as a support worker, senior support worker and now feels she is ready for the next step in her career.

Employees of the Quarter

And another big congratulations to 2 of our Employee of the Quarter winners, Alisha Biston and Claire Walters. Alisha is known to regularly go above and beyond her role. Claire’s dedication to her role and willingness to go the extra mile has seen her become a core member of the Dom Care team. 

Bellwave House

At Bellwave House, residents have been fully immersed in the excitement of the 6 Nations rugby tournament, cheering on Wales with great enthusiasm. Despite the outcomes, the spirit of togetherness during the matches has been a highlight. 

The Bellwave Choir has been a lovely addition to our activities, with many residents participating. The joy of singing together has made this a much-anticipated regular event. 

Our culinary and performance skills were showcased in the Great Bellwave Bake-off and Bellwave’sGot Talent. Resident GB stole the show in the talent competition with a captivating dance routine. 

Weekly pool games have become a crowd favorite, bringing together residents from all services for some friendly competition. As the weather begins to brighten, we’re looking forward to more outdoor walks, embracing the beautiful surroundings of Porthcawl. In a wonderful example of co-production, resident DW has taken on the role of Activity Coordinator at Bellwave House, leading activities for and by our residents.

Bellwave Corner

On March 20th, 2024, we marked the first anniversary of Bellwave Corner’s opening with a vibrant talent show. GB dazzled everyone with his dance moves, clinching first place. Home Lead Efa Petrou’s poetic prowess earned her second place, while ND’s cool dance moves secured third. 

St. David’s Day was celebrated with homemade Welsh cakes and themed activities like word searches, coloring, and a Welsh quiz. JK and NW have been enjoying pool tournaments at the Brogden with residents from other homes, and MF has recently joined in, discovering a passion for pool. 

MF is eagerly anticipating his holiday to Tenby next month, a trip organized with the help of our staff. He’s also excited about getting a new tattoo in June. On March 3rd, 2024, MF enjoyed a sunny stroll on Porthcawl beach, indulging in a secret ice cream and admiring some cool motorbikes. During the Wales vs. Italy game, all residents at Bellwave Corner relished some pizza, adding to the enjoyment of the match.

Bellwave Drive

At Bellwave Drive, our residents have been actively participating in a variety of events and activities. The excitement of the 6 Nations rugby tournament brought residents and staff together, with everyone enjoying the camaraderie despite Wales’s performance this year. 

Our house even hosted some of these events, welcoming residents from other schemes to join in the fun. In our residents’ corner, we’re pleased to share that PM has been settling in well at Bellwave Drive after moving from Bellwave House. This transition marks a significant milestone for PM, who had lived at Bellwave House for several years. 

PM is now embracing independence, preparing his own meals, managing his shopping, and maintaining a clean room. We’re proud of PM’s progress and achievements!

Bellwave Apartments

In March 2024, the staff and residents at Bellwave Apartments began making the most of the improving weather with several walks in nearby nature reserves. The residents have also been participating in the group pool tournaments every Thursday in Porthcawl, with resident SD showcasing his new bicycles. 

The Bellwave Choir group’s visit to the Bellwave Apartments was a highlight of the month, and we extend our gratitude to everyone who attended from other homes. Additionally, the Easter coffee morning and quiz were well-received, and we thank all participants for their involvement. Steve continues his dedicated volunteer work at Theo’s in Kenfig Hill every Friday and Saturday. 

Our residents have also been enjoying social outings, including shopping trips to Cardiff, Porthcawl, and other local areas, further enhancing their community engagement and enjoyment of the season.

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Article: What Is Autism?

What is Autism?

Autism 101

This article seeks to increase awareness and understanding around what is now called “Autism Spectrum Disorder”, or ASD. The technical side of this topic is fascinating, but it’s not always the best way to have a subject resonate with us. We’ll save that for another time. Luckily there are so many individuals nowadays who have the platform to share their experiences with many different disorders, ASD being one of them.

One of our writers, who has ASD and is a parent to a child with ASD, brings a unique viewpoint to this complex topic. By combining personal experience with a technical definition which we’ll take from the DSM-5 and the ICD-11, we hope to offer a brief overview of what ASD is, what it can look like and how it can affect those who have it.

Defining Autism Spectrum Disorder

The DSM-5 (The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders 5th Revision) and the ICD-11 (International Classification of Diseases 11th Revision) are developed by the American Psychiatric Association and the World Health Organisation respectively, and they share a very similar definition.

For our purposes we will define Autism Spectrum Disorder as: 

Characterised by persistent difficulties in social communication and interaction, as well as restricted and repetitive behaviours, interests, or activities that impair everyday functioning and are atypical or excessive.”

This definition is precise, but it’s also a little abstract. To make it more relatable, let’s explore the commonalities and differences between individuals with and without ASD.

How We Differ as Individuals

It’s important to remember that we all have the same basic needs, in that way we are all similar. We’re all essentially trying to minimise suffering and maximise wellbeing.

Equally important is understanding how we differ. We couldn’t list all the ways that we differ if we tried. Including the different ways we might seek to achieve those ends.

Relevant to our topic though, are the different ways in which we perceive, relate to and interact with the world around us. What we might call our “sensory and social processing”. This is key to understanding individuals with ASD.

The Museum Analogy

To give an example, let’s imagine you’re walking through a museum. You’re wearing a jumper and as you walk into the next room, you notice it’s a lot warmer than the previous room. You’ve just perceived a change in temperature. You relate to that change in temperature by thinking “I’m too warm now, I should remove my jumper” and you interact by removing your jumper.

That’s how a typical person might experience that situation. An individual on the spectrum might not even notice until they’re sweating and someone asks them if they’re alright. On the other hand it may have only been a temperature change of one degree that required them to take their jumper off.

This is just one example of how differently we can experience the same objective conditions present in one situation. It also foreshadows a later topic; Sensory Processing Disorder, almost always associated with ASD.

We may all have slightly different sensory and social processing characteristics, (you might have found the increase in temperature to be just to your liking) but in the case of the autistic individual, the difference is more extreme, atypical and not merely a preference for warmer climates.

Persistent Difficulties in Social Communication and Interaction

Perceiving, relating to and interacting with people is where we step into the first part of our definition 

At some level we all have some difficulties with social communication and interaction. It certainly doesn’t come naturally to all of us. Even those who are extroverted can have issues with this, just in different ways.

While it’s true that challenges in social communication and interaction are part of the human experience, those with ASD often encounter unique difficulties in these areas. 

These challenges are not solely due to a lack of knowledge about social norms and behaviours. Instead, individuals with ASD may process and respond to social information entirely differently, which can impact their ability to apply social concepts in real-time interactions. 

Some examples of social difficulties that individuals with ASD can experience are, but are not limited to:

  1. Challenges with Nonverbal Communication: This can include difficulty interpreting body language, facial expressions, and gestures, leading to misunderstandings in social contexts.

    Non verbal communication is an integral part of how we humans interact with each other. Especially when subtlety is required, you might indicate something to someone by tilting your head, making a subtle facial expression, widening your eyes, etc. This might lead someone on the spectrum to say “Why are you doing that with your face?”. 
  2. Taking Things Literally: Individuals with ASD may have a hard time understanding sarcasm, idioms, or figurative language, leading them to interpret statements very literally.

    Sarcasm for example is often used as a form of expression that, when understood, can strengthen social bonds. It relies on mutual trust that the intended humour will be appreciated rather than taken as an offence. Humour is an important factor in building connections.

    This makes it difficult for individuals with ASD. They very genuinely may not understand when something is being said literally, figuratively or with sarcasm. It can lead to confusion and asking questions, which disrupts the natural flow of an interaction.  
  3. Restricted Interests and Conversational Challenges: Individuals with ASD may have intensely focused interests and might predominantly talk about these interests, sometimes at the expense of mutual exchange or recognizing the interests of others.

This is not an exhaustive list, we will write in more detail about this in future articles. But the last point about restricted interest leads nicely into the second part of our definition.

Restricted and Repetitive Behaviours, Interests, or Activities 

Much of what we’ve discussed so far have been things that most of us can relate to on some level. It’s not uncommon for neurotypical individuals to miss a joke, or to get carried away talking about an interest. What makes those with ASD different is again the persistence and severity of these difficulties. 

Restricted and Repetitive Behaviours, Interests, or Activities (RRBIA) are core features of Autism Spectrum Disorder, characterised by a notable repetition of actions, an intense focus on specific interests, and a strong preference for sameness and routines. Some examples:

  1. A Strong Need for Routine and Sameness: You might have heard “variety is the spice of life”, for many of us that’s true. For individuals with ASD however, there’s profound comfort and security in routine and predictability. Even minor changes can be unsettling, leading to distress. The predictability of routines offers an anchor in the overwhelming sea of sensory and social information. 
  2. Deep Dives into Special Interests: Individuals with ASD often have specialised interests pursued with remarkable intensity and focus. These interests provide not only joy and satisfaction but also a unique lens through which they relate to others and the world. These special interests can become sources of expertise and pride, but they can sometimes overshadow opportunities for broader social exchanges.

    To give one example, one of our writers’ children is currently obsessed with Pokémon. Not uncommon for a child of 5. What is slightly unusual is the greeting of people with Pokémon noises with no context, as if they understand what he’s doing. Crawling around like a Pokémon in non-play type settings, and pretending to engage in Pokémon battles, again without any context. Which just appears as if he’s attacking his peers unprovoked. 
  3. Repetitive Behaviours: “Stimming”, or self-stimulatory behaviour, like hand-flapping, rocking, or repeating phrases, might seem unusual on the surface. However in the case of ASD these aren’t voluntary behaviours. They’re actually serving multiple purposes from self-soothing to expressing joy and they’re important for self-regulation.

    It’s likely that this is because it provides predictable and controllable stimuli that can provide comfort in an unpredictable or out of control situation.

The underpinnings of RRBIA and Persistent Difficulties in Social Communication and Interaction, are thought to be related to differences in brain structure and function, including variations in neural connectivity and sensory processing. From a neuro-developmental perspective, RRBIA are reflective of the brain’s attempt to regulate sensory input and create predictability and order in the environment.

Impair Everyday Functioning and are Atypical or Excessive

When we combine the first two factors in our definition, it becomes clear that there are many combinations of sensory and social processing issues that can arise. If we consider our earlier statement, that we’re all just trying to maximise wellbeing and minimise suffering, we see that unfortunately there are many pitfalls for ASD individuals while trying to achieve this optimal state. 

We didn’t have time to go into Sensory Processing Disorder, which is almost always accompanying ASD. It makes the world a far more volatile space for ASD individuals. When taken with the first two factors we looked into, we can conclude that the everyday functioning of individuals with ASD is impaired, completing this deep dive into our definition.


Stimming, Sensory Processing Disorder, Sensory Burnout, Meltdowns, Masking, Shutdowns. These are only a few things that we could write full articles about to do with ASD. And we will!

For now though, it’s important to understand that ASD is not simply a few quirky behaviours or a clearly defined list of symptoms. It is an entirely different way of perceiving, relating to and interacting with people and the environments around us. 

Crucial to understanding ASD fully is that it is a spectrum disorder. That means individuals with ASD are going to vary in their level of severity and combinations of characteristics. It certainly adds to the complexity of understanding this topic. Adding to the complexity is the crossover of characteristics between other conditions such as ADHD and OCD. 

Autism Spectrum Disorder may sometimes be difficult to relate to and understand deeply, even for those closest to those individuals who have it. But with patience, understanding and education we can get closer to relating to our ASD friends and other neurodivergent individuals.

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Highlights from February 2024

Leadership Excellence Initiative

Serendipity has initiated leadership development workshops to standardise leadership across the organisation. Home Leads have been enrolled in the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) Level 3 program, and they’re excited to enhance their skills.

A Move to Supported Living

It’s been over ten years at Bellwave House for one of our beloved residents, PM. But now he has moved to our Supported Living Service at Bellwave Drive.

Embracing his newfound independence, PM has been excitedly personalising his space and venturing out solo to explore Porthcawl. Paul’s transition showcases the transformative power of supportive living, as he navigates bus trips and social outings with newfound confidence.

Latest Home News

Bellwave House

Bellwave House has welcomed a new resident, DW, to Room 1. DW is taking his next step towards independent living, coming from Cefn Yr Afon Residential Rehabilitation.

Meanwhile, our previous resident, PM, has moved to a more independent setting at Bellwave Drive after nearly ten years with us. Congratulations to PM on this remarkable achievement!

Our weekly arts and crafts session has been so popular that it’s become a regular event. Our activity coordinators are exploring new ways to enhance our offerings, recognising the importance of activities for well-being.

The Wales vs. Scotland rugby match was thrilling, with Wales’s second-half comeback keeping everyone on the edge of their seats, despite the result not being in our favour.

Our residents and staff have enjoyed outings to scenic spots like the Bwlch in the valleys, known for its stunning views. We’re planning more visits to scenic locations as the weather improves.

Bellwave Drive

Bellwave Drive is excited to welcome new staff member Elisabeth James. Elisabeth recently completed her university studies in Psychology and Criminology, followed by a master’s in Crime and Justice. She has settled well into the team and looks forward to gaining more experience in Mental Health Services.

In other news, Mark Davies, the Registered Manager of Bellwave House, has joined Bellwave Drive this month to take over the management of the service.

Mark has been a great asset to the team and residents over the past few weeks, providing support and sharing his extensive knowledge, experience, and skills. He will be working between the two services, and the team is eager to continue collaborating with him.

Bellwave Drive also celebrated Pancake Day on February 13th. Residents Paul and Amelia hosted the event, making pancakes for everyone who attended. Residents from other services joined in for an afternoon of pancake making and decorating.

Bellwave Apartments

In February, Bellwave Apartments celebrated the birthdays of three residents: Steven (48), Nathan (33), and Vicky (58). They enjoyed celebrations with both staff and family. Additionally, a Coffee and Quiz day was held, where residents and staff competed for prizes, with Vicky emerging as the quiz winner!

Some residents also participated in a choir group at Bellwave House.

Looking ahead, there are exciting plans for future activities, including music jam nights, up-cycling furniture, and bike projects.

Steve’s volunteer work at Theo’s in Kenfig Hill continues to be highly appreciated, with positive feedback on his work ethic. Steve has also customised a new bike, which he is very proud of.

Bellwave Apartments 2 has welcomed Sophira Shannon as the new Home Lead for the upstairs property. Sophira is eager to start and has many ideas for activities for the residents.

Residents have been enjoying social outings, such as shopping trips to Cardiff and coffee outings in Porthcawl. Nathan, SD, Viv, and Vicky particularly enjoyed visiting the duck ponds in Porthcawl.

Bellwave Cottage

Congratulations to MB on being appointed the new Activity Coordinator at the cottage. MB has embraced the role with enthusiasm and has already contributed great ideas to the activities group. Well done, MB!

The residents of the cottage recently enjoyed a fantastic group outing to Cardiff. The day kicked off with a delicious breakfast, followed by a shopping spree at St David’s Shopping Centre and a visit to Costco for some bargain hunting. It was a wonderful day enjoyed by all.

MB has also become a fully-fledged member of the local United Services Club. He has been making the most of his membership by using the club’s facilities to play snooker, darts, and watch the Six Nations rugby match between Wales and Scotland.


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Highlights from January 2024

Investors of People

Our managers were excited to celebrate winning the silver Investors of People award at Hensol Castle. Thank you to every one of our staff members who have contributed towards this brilliant achievement.

Resident Birthdays

Two of our residents celebrated some pretty big birthdays this month. NW celebrated his 40th Birthday on January 19th and enjoyed a lovely meal at the Salt Water Inn, in Porthcawl.

MF also celebrated his 50th on January 19th. For his birthday he enjoyed a visit to the Monkey Sanctuary in Caehopkin. He also enjoyed a birthday meal on the 22nd at Whether Spoons in Bridgend.

Bellwave Corner

It’s been a bustling start to the year at Bellwave Corner!

We’ve had our two resident birthday milestones. Aside from that, MF keeps impressing us by attending Slimming World and hitting the gym regularly, also enjoying his time at the Arts and Crafts group every Thursday.

JK and Efa had a great time playing airsoft in North Cornelly, diving into the mud and the fun of airsoft guns, with Efa finding a new hobby. NW proved his skills at pool once again, beating JK 4-1.

IW, our new chef, has been delighting us with his culinary talents, cooking up everything from curries to jacket potatoes. NL is eagerly anticipating a shopping spree next week at Currys and Sports Direct, excited to indulge in some self-treats.

Next month, we’re all excited for the 6 Nations celebration and Valentine’s Day activities, including card making.

Bellwave Cottage

January kicked off with a buzz of activity at the Cottage, as some residents teamed up for gym sessions in Bridgend every Thursday, getting a solid start on their fitness resolutions. Meanwhile, others enjoyed their usual routines, including shopping and coastal walks.

MB tested his luck at Castle Bingo, almost clinching a win in several games! Despite not winning, he enjoyed a lovely lunch and felt warmly embraced by the local community.

On January 20th, MB experienced his first rugby match at Brewery Field, watching Bridgend Ravens take on Pontypridd. The game was preceded by a tribute to the legendary JPR Williams, with his former teammates and family retiring his Bridgend no. 15 jersey.
It was a memorable day for MB, who’s keen to watch more matches there.

We’re also thrilled to welcome Steph back from maternity leave and bid farewell to Julia Lewis.

It’s been a month of mixed emotions and new beginnings at the Cottage and we are excited for next month’s plans!


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Highlights from December 2023

Recent Updates

Looking Forward

Serendipity is poised for growth and progress this year. Key initiatives like the Ratings System steering group and leadership workshops will drive vital changes and standardise team leadership, shaping the culture we aspire to within Serendipity.

Bi-Annual Staff Forum

Serendipity just wrapped up a fantastic bi-annual staff forum where everyone shared ideas on rewards, culture, and more, helping make our place awesome to work at. Meanwhile, our first Ratings System group, with some of our top team members, is working hard to up our game and hit those ‘Excellent’ ratings, showing our commitment to getting better and better.

Bellwave House

Winter Wonderland

December at Bellwave House was a festive whirlwind! Our residents and staff had a blast on our annual Christmas shopping day and trip to Winter Wonderland in Swansea.We enjoyed a meal at Founders and Co, shopped around the city centre, and revelled in Winter Wonderland’s rides, hot chocolate, and toasted marshmallows.


Christmas Gathering

We also hosted fun in-house events, including Christmas card making, karaoke, and a tea and cakes afternoon. These gatherings brought together residents and staff from across our organisation, making the lead-up to Christmas a time of joy and community.

Bellwave Corner

This December was packed with festive fun at Bellwave Corner. We kicked off with a popular games afternoon, enjoyed decorations and gifts, and savoured trips to the “Beauty and the Beast” pantomime and Cardiff Winter Wonderland for ice skating and rides. Our Christmas dinner with staff was a heartwarming highlight.

Jk had a great time at Swansea’s SC2 indoor waterpark and is excited for next month’s Air-soft. Plus, we celebrated NL’s birthday, adding more joy to an already joyful time of year!

Bellwave Cottage

This Christmas at the Cottage was a wonderful time. Two residents stayed, exchanging gifts with family, then enjoying a cozy Christmas Day with more presents and a delicious lunch. Another resident excitedly spent the holiday with family.

Our coffee morning buzzed with friendly chatter, hot drinks, and mince pies, kicking off the season wonderfully. Big thanks to Serendipity for a delightful meal at The Red Dragon, complete with Alfie, a former Welsh rugby star, as our waiter. The afternoon was brightened by our extended team’s presence.

Additionally, Resident MB had a blast at our board game event, cherishing the games and camaraderie. This festive season at the Cottage was truly unforgettable, filled with joy and community spirit.

Bellwave Apartments

We’re excited to welcome Dean, our newest staff member, who’s fitting in nicely and enjoying meeting our residents. We recently had a festive Christmas Cake afternoon at the apartments, where we welcomed guests from other projects. The highlight was a live performance by our talented resident, Steven.

Additionally, our upstairs crew had a great time recently, cooking and sharing a delicious breakfast together.


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Highlights from November 2023

Investors in People Awards

This November, our managers represented Serendipity at the Investors in People Awards. We are very proud to say that Serendipity was a finalist! At Serendipity we commit to “Making Work Better” and were so proud of this achievement.

A New Serendipity Location

We are excited to introduce Bellwave Drive!

This new location is the latest addition to Serendipity’s Supported Living Services in the heart of Bridgend. It’s a warm, rustic place that’s already beginning to feel like home for our two new residents.

A big thank you to Chloe, our Senior Support Worker from Bellwave House, for bringing her invaluable experience. We remain committed to high-quality care and fostering independence. Our recent Bonfire Night was a blast – a great start to more fun and learning this festive season!

Bellwave House

A Fresh Coat of Paint

Bellwave House is undergoing a makeover with both the kitchen and dining area being painted. We have now got rid of the dark grey (sorry Matt) kitchen paint! Our next step is to decorate our dining room with some soft furnishings adding some much needed colour to help brighten up the environment. Its imperative that our residents feel like its a homely environment. We know that the environment where you reside is important to mental well-being.

Spooky Celebrations

Bellwave House hosted a halloween party and invited residents and staff from other locations. It was lovely to get together and everyone had fun.

Bonfire Night

Residents from Bellwave House attended the bonfire event in Bellwave Drive, everyone enjoyed getting together.

Sea Front Rides

Every week a charity who operate Trishaws come to take our residents on a ride around Porthcawl sea front. All who went on the rides really enjoyed.

A New Resident

Bellwave House welcomed a new resident, who comes to us from Taith Newydd.

The Road to Independence

GW was assessed as being ready for his next steps to independent living and has settled in really well.

We said goodbye to AE who moved on to the next step to independent living at Bellwave Drive, and it has been reported that she is settling in really well.

Bellwave Corner

It’s been another action-packed month at Bellwave Corner! The Bonfire Night party was a hit, with NW and MF having a blast with the sparklers.

Let’s Get Fit!

Our resident JK has been a fitness enthusiast, making waves at the Bridgend Life Centre pool and scoring a big win in bowling at Swansea, with MF closely following in second place – quite the debut for him! Meanwhile, MF is on a fitness and health journey, balancing gym sessions with his participation in Slimming World.

Chef’s in the Kitchen

He’s been cooking up a storm too, dishing out tasty homemade meals like spaghetti bolognese and cottage pie. His dedication to a healthier lifestyle is truly inspiring!

Puppy Pals

Our residents have also been enjoying the company of staff dogs, taking them on joyful walks. These furry visits always bring smiles and laughter. And, of course, the festive spirit is in full swing at Bellwave Corner!

Deck the Halls

The excitement over advent calendars is palpable, with everyone doing their best to resist the temptation of finishing all the chocolates too soon. It’s all about the countdown to Christmas and making every moment of this season special.

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Highlights from October 2023


A New Ratings System

In light of Care Inspectorate Wales (CIW) upcoming implementation of a rating system for care providers, Mark Davies, Bellwave House Manager, is creating a steering group to enhance Serendipity’s ratings. They will benchmark current performance, devise strategies to meet standards, and ensure readiness for the 2025 rating system implementation.

Bellwave Apartments

Staff Updates

We would like to welcome two new staff members to the team at Bellwave Apartments, Charlotte Griffin and Jan Hoseason. We look forward to working with you and seeing how amazingly you contribute to the growth here at the apartments.

Latest News

In October, we had a blast celebrating a special birthday at the apartments. Our birthday star absolutely loved basking in the limelight and tucking into her much-anticipated rump steak!It was a double celebration as we also toasted to her first year with us.

A massive shout-out to all our apartment staff from Kelly & Matt – you guys are amazing! Your hard work and team spirit never go unnoticed. A big thanks to our friends from the other homes who chipped in; we couldn’t have pulled this off without you. Your dedication to our residents is what makes this place special. Cheers to all!

Bellwave Corner

Latest News

Bellwave Corner has been buzzing with pool games, swims, dog walks, and baking sessions. Two residents celebrated World Mental Health Day in Porthcawl, while Halloween saw us pumpkin picking and enjoying spooky movies on the big screen.

We’ve been sharing tips on healthy eating and saving energy, and a shout-out to MF for smashing it at slimming world.

Also, our staff Mental Health Support Group is thriving, this week’s mental health Bingo offered self-care goodies for prizes!

Bellwave House

Staff Updates

Bellwave House is thrilled to welcome new team members Sue Thomas, Rio Morgan and Ria Griffiths. We are grateful to have such amazing people working for Serendipity and we’re happy to see that trend continue with these new additions.

Latest News

Bellwave House is sprucing up, with fresh paint for the kitchen and dining area. The Wales v Argentina quarter-final was a blast despite the loss, complete with a buffet and a rousing rendition of the national anthem! Cheers to AE, who’s moved to supported living, a real success story of growing independence. We’re all rooting for her in her new chapter.

Mark’s attendance at the Social Care Wales ‘Well Being’ conference has sparked new ideas for staff and resident well-being, including Efa’s mental health support group. He’s also been recognised for his input on ‘Compassionate Leadership’, something we’re keen to expand on.

Our recent ‘World Mental Health Day’ event was a hit, where discussions on mental health prevalence, autism, treatments, support groups, and celebrity experiences helped in normalising the conversation and tackling stigma.

Bellwave Cottage

Latest News

Halloween at the cottage was a scream—literally! The residents had a chillingly good time watching horror flicks and getting visits from Trick or Treaters.

World Mental Health Day was a huge success. It was a powerful chance for us all to come together, spread knowledge, and advocate for mental health as a fundamental human right. It set the perfect tone for more events like this in the future.

Big cheers for our own MB, who’s a true local hero, volunteering every Monday at theBridgend Foodbank Warehouse. He’s not just helping with orders and deliveries; he’s making sure those in need have access to essential food items. Hats off to you, MB!

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