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Vision Products Staff Receive Surprise Awards

Talented Vision Products workers have received (surprise) awards for their outstanding commitments and achievements.

Four of the staff at Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s award-winning Vision Products were commended for their achievements during a training session this week, attended by Mick Antoniw AM and Cllr Keiron Montague, Cabinet Member for Service Delivery, Communities and Housing.

Vision Products was founded over 20 years ago and not only provides essential services to the community – from UPVc windows and doors to specialist equipment needed for those who are elderly, disabled or need assistance to live independently – but also employment and training opportunities for people who are disabled.

Four staff who have thrived since arriving at the company in Coedcae Lane, Pontyclun, over the years were recognised for their achievements during what was set to be a “standard” training event involving training provider T2 and Communitas Union.

As staff arrived for updates, information, a question and answer session and also a short iPad training opportunity at the end, so did Pontypridd AM Mick Antoniw and Cllr Montague and a “surprise” awards ceremony was held.

Four staff were nominated to receive awards, not only by their colleagues and managers at Vision Products, but by independent judges from T2 and Communitas, which sponsored the awards.

They were:

Vision Products’ Outstanding Learning Achievement Award (sponsored by Communitas Union).

This was awarded to Gareth Mithan, who has been at the company for many years, working in the UPVc windows and doors section. He was awarded for his outstanding enthusiasm and commitment which has seen him continue to grasp any opportunity to not only learn and train, but help others to do so also, through his role as the Union Learning Rep at the company. He gave a presentation at the training session this week.

Essential Skills award, sponsored by the T2 training group, which was awarded to:

Diane Gould for Communications, Lorraine Perkins for Numeracy and Matthew Chick for ICT. Diane and Lorraine work as production operatives in the UPVc doors and windows section and Matthew is a production operative in the Complex Equipment area. Matthew was one of the first people to benefit from the groundbreaking Apprenticeship scheme launched at Vision Products and joined the firm from Ysgol Hen Felin. He has been so successful, he has gone on to secure full time employment and continus to look for opportunities to develop and learn.

Cllr Keiron Montague, Cabinet Member for Service Delivery, Communities and Housing, said: “It was a pleasure to be invited to Vision Products to see the outstanding work that is being achieved, in terms of the Council delivering much-needed services to the community and also providing employment, education and training for people with disabilities.

“The awards were a chance to highlight and commend those achievements. All four recipients were chosen to win because of the passion and commitment they have shown.

“They have secured huge personal achievements, which, in turn, builds their confidence. I was told at the event staff at Vision Products have been shown they can achieve more than they ever thought they could, which is a huge personal milestone for them.”

Vision Products was launched in 1993 and now employs over 150 people, 80 per cent of whom have a disability.

Its services to the community include:
• Community Equipment Services that offers aides such as hoists, adapted furniture and more to hospitals, day centres, homes, schools and more. This includes the ordering, distribution and maintenance of the equipment.
• The Telecare independent living scheme that sees sensors installed in homes to monitor activity and enable people to live in their own homes for longer, knowing fire, smoke, temperature, flood, gas leaks and more are being monitored.
• The Vision Products demonstration flat that allows occupational therapists and other specialists to bring their clients to the unit so they can thoroughly assess the equipment they need to live independently and safely.
• The award-winning PVCu company that offers homes and businesses high-quality windows and doors, complete with installation and a 10-year guarantee, at affordable prices.
• The Vision Mobility Schemes in Pontypridd and Aberdare were launched in 2013 so that visitors with mobility issues can hire electric scooters or wheelchairs for free when shopping in the town centres.

Find out more about Vision Products and its services.

Enjoy the pictures from the day