People carrying out voluntary work as part of a Gwynedd Council-run scheme have been awarded with certificates at a special ceremony.
Adults with learning disabilities attending the Arfon Community Link Centre in Caernarfon who have been doing work placements at several charities and businesses in the area have been recognised for their labours.
Some of those taking part in the work placement scheme have jobs at the Caernarfon Food Bank, helping to collect donations from local pick-up points and helping to sort donations at the depot. Others are working at local charity shops, helping to sort donations, helping with shop displays and talking to customers.
Work placements have also been organised at local supermarkets, the National Slate Museum and at Caernarfon Library where those taking part help with the day-to-day running of the businesses and services. Others work at the Council’s recycling centre at the Cibyn Industrial Estate where they help to sort the waste the public put in their blue boxes before it is sent to be recycled.
Other clients using the Arfon Community Link Centre who have more severe learning disabilities were also presented with certificates as part of the Active Support scheme. This was in recognition of their personal development, for example in learning to do daily tasks which other people may take for granted.
Councillor Gareth Roberts, Gwynedd Council Cabinet Member for Care said: “It was a privilege to be a part of the awards ceremony and to see everyone receiving their certificates for their achievements. It’s obvious that the experiences the individuals have gained have been of great benefit to them as they develop their self-confidence and independence.
“It was wonderful to see the variety of opportunities that are available as part of the scheme, and I would like to thank the different employers and organisations we work with as a Council, for giving our clients these opportunities. By doing so, it gives other members of the community the chance to see that we all have a contribution to make.”
Andrew Guy, Day Care Officer for Gwynedd Council, said: “I was very proud to see all the clients of the Arfon Community Link Centre being presented with their certificates as it’s testament to their hard work, either within the service or out in the community.
“Having opportunities to do voluntary work or to develop their day-to-day skills is so important to adults with learning disabilities. Everyone can contribute to society and everyone needs to feel that they have a purpose in life regardless of their ability. I believe that our clients set an example to others.
“Going out to work and mixing with other people or learning new life skills gives them more self-confidence and self-belief, and can help them develop their own social network outside her family through their work.”