Achieve­ments of dis­abil­ity ser­vice users are cel­e­brated at cer­e­mony

South Wales Evening Post - - LETTERS -

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.

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