Gary had had been unemployed for over ten years and was by his own admission in a bad place personally due to his own personal issues and his difficult upbringing; however, Gary decided that he wanted to change the direction his life was taking.
A voluntary placement was arranged for Gary at Môn CF’s Vocational Training Academy by his LIFT support worker, and it became clear that this was an opportunity Gary was ready to grab with both hands. Gary excelled during his time working voluntarily at Môn CF where he completed numerous duties such grass cutting, strimming in the town and gained valuable experience and qualifications in using the ride on mower, brush cutters, strimmers and pedestrian mowers .
After two months working at Môn CF, the end of his time volunteering with Môn CF, Gary’s LIFT mentor was able to contact a local employer who was in a position to be able to be offered a four week work trial with Silver Bay, Rhoscolyn as a grounds person. It took just two weeks of the trial for the employer to realise that they had found a very good employee in Gary and subsequently ended the trial early and offered Gary the full time position as a grounds person.
During his time at Silver Bay Gary has excelled and has developed into a key member of their team. His performances whilst at Silver Bay have seen him named the Silver Bay Employee of the Year for 2014 for which he received both a financial reward as well as the admiration of his fellow colleagues. As recent as this month March 2015 Gary has successfully attended and completed a course in basic plumbing arranged and funded by his employer as they continue to reward him for his excellent work as well as ensuring he further improves his skill set and maintains his rapid development into an integral member of their staff.
In addition to the improvements that Gary has made in his professional life, his personal life has also changed for the better. He has been able to leave his supported housing and move into a new privately rented two bedroom flat and is now also in regular contact with his children, something that has always been the key reason behind Gary wanting to change his life. Throughout his time at Silver Bay Gary has kept in close contact with his LIFT mentor and regularly visits Mon CF for an informal discussion or when he needs assistance.
“My life is now unrecognisable from what it once was I am far more confident in my own ability both in and outside the workplace. I enjoy going into work every day, earning money and being able to spend that money on my children. I have a clear focus in my life and a reason to get up every day, I am very proud of the work I’m doing and do my very best every single day.”
Quote from the Silver Bay Maintenance Manager Arfon Piers Williams;
"Since starting Gary has gone from strength to strength and has excelled in all the tasks he has been given, including general landscaping and groundwork within the park, he has also completed joinery work to a high
standard. No task is beyond him and he always gives 100% commitment to each task he is given and has recently passed a course in water connections and he is seen as an asset to Silver Bay".