Parents & Leaders

We look forward to welcoming your child to Gwersyll yr Urdd Glan-Llyn.  This section answers the most common questions about your child's stay at the centre.

Parents and Leaders

Although most teachers and parents recognise that residential courses offer children and young people invaluable experiences, we understand that many are concerned about organising such trips in the current social climate. We understand these concerns and have done everything we can to ensure schools are given every support throughout the process. Robust structures are in place which ensure the safety of children, teachers and adults during their stay

What should my child bring to the centre?

Glan-llyn has a wide variety of specialist equipment that you can borrow during your stay. The equipment that’s available is wet suits, waterproofs, bags to hold wet clothes etc.  If you have your own equipment please feel free to bring these along with you. You will also need…

  • 2 pairs of trainers
  • 2 pairs of warm trousers (no jeans)
  • 2/3 warm jumpers (fleece if possible)
  • 2/3 t shirts
  • Underwear
  • Swim wear
  • 2 towels
  • Hat and scarf
  • Waterproof clothes
  • Pyjamas
  • Sleeping bag
  • Pillowcase
  • Bin bag to carry wet clothes
  • Paper and pencil
  • Walking shoes

Are there any items that my child might not like to bring?

Your child should not bring: 

  • MP3 or ipod
  • Pocket knives 
  • Felt tip pens 
  • Video games or other expensive gadget (ipads, tablet computers etc) 
  • Chewing gum 
  • Aerosol deodorant 
  • Tobbaco, alchohol or any unprescribed drug (medication on prescription should be noted on health certificate)
  • Mobile phones- Mobiles are only allowed with permission of the course leader. Access to the office phone is available if needed.

We will not be responsible for any loss or damage to the above items if brought to the Centre

Can my child phone home regularly

Please do not arrange your child to phone home at the beginning of the course. If you do not hear from us you can be sure that your child is safe and well. We will contact you immediately if there is a problem with health or home sickness. If you have a message for your child you are welcome to contact reception (01678 541 000) or email glan-llyn@urdd.org. We will ensure that the message is passed on.

What happens if my child has a problem whilst at Glan-llyn?

A member of Urdd staff is present 24 hours during your child’s stay. Therefore if your child has any problems or concerns staff will be on hand to deal with any issues promptly.

Where will my child be sleeping?

All children sleep in centrally heated, en-suite bedrooms. The children are responsible for making their beds and keeping the rooms tidy. We ensure each child knows where to find help during the night from staff that is close at hand.

Eating at Glan-llyn

We serve four meals a day (Breakfast, lunch, tea and super) with a separate menu for vegetarians. Should your child have any special dietary requirements, please note this on the health certificate so we can provide appropriate food.

Health & Safety

Although most teachers and parents recognise that residential courses offer children and young people invaluable experiences, we understand that many are concerned about organising such trips in the current social climate. We understand these concerns and have done everything we can to ensure schools are given every support throughout the process. Robust structures are in place which ensure the safety of children, teachers and adults during their stay

 We enforce the following safety procedures during a residential stay.

  • CCTV System
  • Night Supervisor
  • Manager on duty- One of the managers are on call through the night
  • Maglock doors- All doors that lead to accomodation blocks require a code to gain access
  • First Aid- Staff qualified with first aid available for all activities, also the managers that are on call day and night. We also have a First Aid Room with facilities to keep medication locked up.
  • Health Forms - An opportunity for parents to disclose any problems / special needs (see the enclosed form)
  • Fire Safety- A fire drill is performed for every group that arrive at the Centre
  • Radio communication- The activities staffs, office staff and managers are all in constant contact through the use of radios.
  • Risk Assessments for every activity
  • A full-time NEBOSH officer who is responsible for Health and Safety

We are licensed by the Adventure Activities Licensing Authority, who ensure safety during activities