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Volunteers Awarded

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Adults with learning disabilities commended at the event

Adults with learning disabilities who are securing essential work experience and life skills – while also providing RCT residents with a great service – have been commended for their efforts.

An awards ceremony was held to mark the achievements of 60 adults, all of whom live in the county borough, who have excelled with the unique Mencap Motivate Project, which is funded by Rhondda Cynon Taf Council.

Funded by the Council and delivered by Mencap Cymru, in partnership with a wide range of RCT charities, the scheme is now in its 17th year and provides placements and opportunities for scores of adults, via volunteering, work experience and training.

Thanks to the innovative partnership, the adults are enjoying opportunities that include; helping elderly residents of sheltered housing complexes with their shopping, hosting coffee mornings in residential homes, gardening, working in libraries, assisting with carpet tile recycling and working in charity shops.

The Council’s Reuniform project to offer high-quality, affordable school uniforms is also a success thanks to the efforts of the volunteers and there are also placements in the library at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital, TooGoodToWaste and Pets Warehouse.

By supporting volunteers to learn, develop and secure new skills, the scheme in turn helps them with their independence allowing them to continue and flourish in the future. The volunteers feel valued for the important work they are doing in the community and the work they do makes a huge difference to services and residents.

Mayor Cllr Ann Crimmings presented the 60 volunteers with their awards during the ceremony at Coleg y Cymoedd. She said: “Rhondda Cynon Taf has a strong tradition of working innovatively to ensure adults with learning disabilities receive the practical and vocational assistance they need to live independently.

“The Council is proud supporters of the Mencap Motivate scheme, and has been for years, because it offers genuine, important volunteering opportunities that allow adults to make their own mark on the world in a supported way.”

Wayne Crocker, Director of Mencap Cymru, said: “Yet again we are proud to showcase the incredible contributions made by people with a learning disability to their local communities.

“We have two simple aims in Mencap Cymru; to help people with a learning disability and their families in crisis and to help people with a learning disability challenge the prejudices society has about them.

“The RCT Motivate Project is undoubtedly the best way of achieving the latter. People with a learning disability making a real difference to society. We are grateful that RCT council thinks this is important too and we look forward to continuing our strong collaboration. "

The volunteers who were commended are:

Rhondda: Allan Sage, Carol Davies, Charlotte Bibby, Christopher Morgan, David Beasley, David Wilding, David Butler, Daniel Williams, Gareth Price, Karl Bowen, Katie Kayser, Keith Moulding, Kirsty Harley, Leighton Richards, Paul Edwards, Samantha Taylor, Sara Nankervis, Sharon Kew and Sharon Davies.

Cynon: Adrian Gannon, Adrian Sollis, Andrew Harrison, Angela Jones, Catherine Griffiths, David Reynolds, Elizabeth Harding, Gareth Jones, Gavin Taylor, Helen Williams, Julie Wide, Lee James, Luke Nott, Steven Davies, Stuart Williams, Thomas O’Halloran, Julie Axe and Fiona Jones.

Taff: Angela Parry, Catherine Taplin, Daryl Lewis, Gareth Williams, Jamie Cadreman, Julie Walker, Kimberley Castle, Laura Burnett, Michael Rees, Rachel Buttle, Rachel Thomas, Rajiv Paul, Samantha Williams, Sandra Renfrey, Sherylee Beach, Steven Davies, Steven Protheroe,Tanya Broderick, Sue Shaddock and Karen Hyett

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