The team at Energize Media CIC were pleased to welcome Welsh Assembly Minister Huw Irranca-Davies to their Studio in Shaftesbury, Newport.
As Minister for Children and Social Care it was a great opportunity to see how this fully integrated project with young people and adults with learning disabilities is developing.
During the visit the Minister was interviewed Live on Air! by school student Ethan Collins before being shown the DJ Decs by another school student Maisey Anderson.
The diversity of the group is beyond question and has seen praise and a following from around Wales and across the world.
One of the founders, volunteer Simon Harvey said during the visit:
“What has been achieved by everyone involved with Energize is unbelievable, with Jeremy and Nigel putting faith in the project and pooling their Direct Payments allowed the door to open to so many more people. Many vulnerable adults and their families have feared using Direct Payments and are not aware of the freedoms they can offer.
“We are now working with the Wales Co-operative Centre to strengthen and expand our work, while fully supporting their vision for more Community Enterprises to take the lead in Social Care provision in Wales.”
Minister for Children & Social Care, Huw Irranca-Davies said:
“I was really pleased to visit the centre today to meet everyone involved, but it was a real pleasure to hear of the inspirational way in which Jeremy and Nigel came together to help establish it, and the wonderful way it has changed their own lives, and those of so many others, for the better.
“It’s a great example of a successful social value organisation supporting people with learning disabilities and young people to develop skills, in keeping with the principles of our innovative Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014.
“This project has clearly made a real difference to many people’s lives. I wish them every success in the future and hope the Project continues to grow from strength to strength.”
Photographs from Natasha Hirst Photography