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Monmouthshire County Council’s friendship project – My Mates, for people with disabilities has been awarded a Social Care Wales Accolades for Innovative and Creative Solutions.

Social Care Wales Accolades are awarded to organisations and teams from across Wales to recognise, celebrate and share excellent practice in social work and social care. Awarding projects that make a positive difference to the lives of the people they support.

Members of the project along with My Mates team; Sarah Seabourne, project Manager, Kemmine Parrish project Coordinator and Janet Cox project Facilitator,  travelled to City Hall, Cardiff on Thursday 13th September and were thrilled to receive this prestigious recognition. The team were accompanied by Shelley Welton, Monmouthshire County Council Lead Commissioner an advocate and undoubted supporter of the innovative project.

My Mates began in 2016, the unique and transformational project is led by members who strive for independence and equality. Members

Monmouthshire County Council’s friendship project – My Mates, for people with disabilities has been awarded a Social Care Wales Accolades for Innovative and Creative Solutions.

Social Care Wales Accolades are awarded to organisations and teams from across Wales to recognise, celebrate and share excellent practice in social work and social care. Awarding projects that make a positive difference to the lives of the people they support.

Members of the project along with My Mates team; Sarah Seabourne, project Manager, Kemmine Parrish project Coordinator and Janet Cox project Facilitator,  travelled to City Hall, Cardiff on Thursday 13th September and were thrilled to receive this prestigious recognition. The team were accompanied by Shelley Welton, Monmouthshire County Council Lead Commissioner an advocate and undoubted supporter of the innovative project.

My Mates began in 2016, the unique and transformational project is led by members who strive for independence and equality.

The project helps people with disabilities form confident friendships and live “with passion and purpose”. It enables members to take part in a range of social events. Firm friendships have been formed and in some instances close personal relationships. Members are provided with advice and information by the My Mates Coordinators in a safe and supportive environment. The team offer professional advice and guidance and are C-Card registered with NHS Wales.

The project has seen friendships flourish and true love blossom. Some members have gained confidence to discuss and express their sexuality, many have never told anyone of their preferences previously. The My Mates team work closely with members of the LGBT+ community and access support and guidance.

Due to its success the project has expanded to include people from across Gwent, the project now has 115 members.

Cabinet Member for Social Care and Health, Penny Jones said:

‘I am absolutely over the moon. The success of the project has been through the innovative approach of council officers and the enthusiasm and dedication of My Mates members. Friendship is vital to a healthy outlook on life, My Mates is helping so many people to go to new places, make new acquaintances and have fun!’