Achievements of disability service users are celebrated at ceremony
AN awards ceremony has taken place to celebrate the achievements of the people who attend a Neath Port Talbot Council pan-disability service.
The annual ceremony was held to recognise the dedication and hard work of those who attend the service.
More than 100 people attended the ceremony in which 15 people received awards in categories such as Most Improved, Trainee of the Year and Best Supportive Mentor.
A further 60 certificates were awarded for special recognition. The awards were presented by councillor Rob Jones, leader of Neath Port Talbot Council, and councillor Dennis Keogh, Neath Mayor.
The employment and training service supports adults with pan-disabilities to build confidence and become more independent through creating and selling of handcrafted gifts.
All attendees are encouraged to participate in different workshops at the service to learn a range of skills such as carpentry, sewing, bike repairs and maintenance, arts and crafts, catering and glass work.
The service operates from two locations – Fresh Start, which is based in Croeserw Community Enterprise Centre, and Bspoked Enterprises, based at Neath Abbey Industrial Estate.
Councillor Peter Richards, cabinet member for adult social care and health, who attended the ceremony, said: “The annual awards ceremony is a great opportunity to recognise the hard work and dedication that everyone has put in during the last year.
“It is clear from the quality of the products made at Bspoked Enterprises and Fresh Start that everyone who attends the service has a lot of ambition.
“Giving people with disabilities the opportunity to develop their skills and gain confidence is essential to them reaching their full potential and becoming more independent.”
All of the products made at the service are repurposed from materials such as glass, wood, textiles and even donated bikes.
The products are converted and sold as everyday items such as clocks, ornaments, wall displays and garden furniture. ■ For more information about Bspoked Enterprises and Fresh Start and to view their latest products, search for their pages on Facebook.
Rebecca receiving her award for Trainee of the Year in Office Work from councillor Rob Jones, leader of Neath Port Talbot Council.
Craig receiving his award for Most Supportive Mentor at Bspoked Enterprises.