Hello, and welcome to my first blog. My first few weeks on the scheme have been interesting, challenging and have flown by! I had little to no experience of both the learning disability service and the adult service when walking in to the office on my first day. So, as you can imagine, the last month or so has been like going back to school, lots to learn and remember! By now, I can truly appreciate the complexity of some of the cases that pass through the hands of the learning disability service.
As part of my role as a Wellbeing Trainee I will be working within the learning disability service for the next three years or so. During this period, I like all of my fellow trainees will be studying a qualification that is specific to my field of work. The primary aim of the learning disability service is to develop more opportunities for individuals with learning disabilities, and to promote their independence and wellbeing. During my time with the scheme I will be working on a variety of projects hoping to achieve this goal. So far, I have had the opportunity to work on two main projects – with one of these being situated on my doorstep, in Caernarfon.
Galwch Acw is the name of one of the projects I’ve been working on over the past month. Galwch Acw will be the name of a new shop, situated on Bangor Road in Caernarfon. The purpose of the project is to develop training opportunities for individuals to develop new skills that can help them secure employment opportunities for the future. The shop will sell a variety of products that have been made by individuals in the local hubs and workshops, including unique wood works and hand-made crafts. Galwch Acw will also play a central role in the community, be offering a space for individuals to pop by for a chat or for a cup of tea, or even by offering opportunities to socialise on evenings and weekends.
But what sort of work does a trainee do on a project like this? I guess that this is the question many of you are asking yourselves. So far, most of my time on the project has been spent researching or organising – however, when the time comes I do intend on contributing to the painting work!
One of the factors that makes this project so unique is the fact that a camera crew will be on site filming the development of the project. Galwch Acw was chosen to be one of six projects that will appear on S4C’s new television show ‘Prosiect Pum Mil’. The process was extremely competitive, with the show receiving over 200 applications. As the name of the show suggests (Translates to ‘Five Thousand Project’) the chosen projects receive a £5,000 investment to make their vision a reality. As our project involves renovating a run-down shop most of the funds will be spent on goods and materials that will allow us to make the building fit for its new purpose.
It’s clear to see that this is a very special project that will develop many opportunities for individuals in our County. As you can see from the images below, there’s a lot of work to do before launching the shop, so make sure you keep an eye on the blog to see how the project progressed! Volunteers are welcome to help with the renovation work between the 5th and 7th of July, so if you would like to help with this exciting project feel free to contact me!
Bye for now,