Coleg Elidyr was founded in 1973, when three dedicated individuals set out with a vision to demonstrate the potential of young people with learning disabilities. They wanted to show that with the right stimulation and guidance even the most challenged children can mature intellectually and emotionally to become responsible young adults. Their inspiration in embracing this new venture derived from the work of Karl König and Camphill Communities.
The founders saw the need for a specialist establishment providing further education, training and self-development programmes. Its students would be young people from all parts of the British Isles with moderate to severe learning disabilities, including those with minor physical disabilities.
Coleg Elidyr started in a bleak farmhouse on a hillside overlooking a beautiful valley in the southern Cambrian Mountains. When the adjacent farm became available the site was expanded to its current size of around 180 acres. Building after building has been added over the years, many of these in the early days being built by volunteer staff, students and parents.
By creating a college that bases much of the learning experience on practical tasks, the founders believed that they created a unique environment allowing young people with special needs to progress. Our main aim is for the students to become confident, competent and able to take their own lives in hand.