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Adventure Training Centre, Conway, Carnarvonshire, Wales

In 1965, Barnardo's began a new venture — the Cartref Melys (or Melus) Adventure Training Centre near to the Synchant Pass Road, Conway (Conwy). The centre, based in an old Welsh manor house, provided short-term courses for children from around the country who were in Barnardo's care.

The home is believed to have closed and around 1975. Under new owners, Care Concern, it became a residential special school for up to 20 emotionally disturbed children aged 11 to 17 years.

The property has now been converted to residential use under the name Oakwood View.


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  • Barnardo, Syrie Louise, and Marchant, James Memoirs of the Late Dr Barnardo (Hodder & Stoughton, 1907)
  • Batt, J.H. Dr. Barnardo: The Foster-Father of "Nobody's Children" (S.W. Partridge, 1904)
  • Bready, J. Wesley Doctor Barnardo (Allen & Unwin, 1930)
  • Higginbotham, Peter Children's Homes: A History of Institutional Care for Britain's Young (2017, Pen & Sword)
  • Rose, June For the Sake of the Children: Inside Dr. Barnardo's: 120 years of caring for children (Hodder & Stoughton, 1987)
  • Wagner, Gillian Barnardo (Weidenfeld & Nicholson, 1979)