JUDGING people on their abilities, not their disabilities, was the focus of an event at Milford Haven Leisure Centre recently.

Rhys Eynon and Rachel Bailey's personal accounts were shared at a Working With Disability event at the Social Zone Cafe in November.

Rachel has cerebral palsy and Rhys has autism, and both are employed as learning disability champions.

Both spoke of feeling unsure about gaining paid employment, and their concerns that people would judge them based on their disabilities instead of their abilities.

Both felt that they could be misunderstood.

But they went on to say that since gaining employment they have grown in confidence, are more motivated and feel a sense of pride and purpose in what they do.

Their stories were shared to more than 30 people, including representatives from Mencap Cymru, Norman Industries, E4I2, Access Pembrokeshire Website team, PAVS, Pembrokeshire County Council, Stackpole Walled Gardens and Pembrokeshire People First.

The aim of the event was to celebrate the successes and good news stories of those with learning disabilities in work, volunteering or work experience, as well as employers and supporting organisations.

Thanks went to Siân Andrews, Kath Brookes, Simon Howells, Cheryl Evans (Premier Stores, Neyland), Adam Billington, James McGuire, Callum Edwards, Jack Wood, who also shared their inspirational stories.

The event was catered by staff at the Social Zone Café, many of whom have a learning disability themselves.

If you would like to find out more about the support Workways+ can provide people in Pembrokeshire please contact the team on 01437 776609 or email workwaysplus@pembrokeshire.gov.uk