A man with learning disabilities from Gwynedd in Mid Wales is celebrating landing his ‘dream job’ at a local supermarket.
Llyr Joyner, who has Asperger’s, was taken on as a volunteer by the Co-Op in Tywyn on January 9, and now works three shifts a week.
The 32-year-old lives at Cerrig Cornel care service in Llanegryn which provides support for people with learning disabilities, including autism, mental health, alcohol and substance misuse issues and acquired brain injuries.
Cerrig Cornel service manager Simon Moore said Llyr was as ‘pleased as punch’ about his new job at the Old Station Yard store.
“Because of his Asperger’s Llyr doesn’t like change, so the whole process has been quite challenging, but I’m pleased to say he’s taking it all in his stride.
“Llyr was measured up for his uniform and is delighted that he really looks the part. He is thrilled to be working as an active member of the community.
“He is very well liked at the Co-Op and they are all very proud of him, and he is also proud of his own recent achievements.”
Llyr’s responsibilities include stocking shelves, fresh and frozen goods, collecting trolleys, ensuring baskets are in the right place, unpacking deliveries and taking them to the store room.
Added Simon: “Depending on how things go in the future, we hope he will eventually be able to help people with their bag-packing.”
In his spare time Llyr loves to travel and enjoys all forms of transport. He regularly takes the train to see his family who live in Aberystwyth.
Cerrig Cornel is set up as a ‘younger adult’ service and employs the active model of support, ensuring each individual has access to outcome-based activities. Cerrig Cornel has an on-site activities co-ordinator, so each person will have an individual profile of activities and opportunities.
The service would be suitable for anyone coming through transition or moving on from residential care for the first time. The aim is to support individuals to achieve their goals; achieved by delivering a high quality service based on active support and outcome based activities.
Simon Moore said: “The social contact aspect of helping and working with others affects people’s psychological well-being, so opportunities such as Llyr’s job at the Co-Op are invaluable to the people we support. It makes them feel valued and increases their self-confidence.”