The service is able to support individuals from the age of 17 as part of a transitional model of support we promote at Regard.
Andrew Papirnyk, who decided on a career in caring after visiting Cerrig Camu residential home to do some building work and eventually rose to become its manager, has been nominated for a Wales Care Award.
Andy went along to Cerrig Camu in Dolgellau in the winter of 2004 to do some labouring work for the firm he was with at the time.
He quickly struck up a rapport with some of its residents and immediately opted to make caring his profession.
Nine years later he was appointed as the home’s registered manager and has been commended for the way he runs it and credited for helping to integrate clients with learning disabilities and mental health needs into the community.
It is this dedicated approach to his caring role that landed Andrew a place in the final of the 2016 Wales Care Awards at City Hall in Cardiff on Friday October 21.
Andrew, is nominated in the Excellence in Learning Disability and Mental Health category.
He is originally from Barmouth and after finishing his school days at Ysgol Ardudwy in Harlech went straight into the building trade.
He said: “I’d been working as a labourer for a couple of years when I went to Cerrig Camu to do some building work there.
“At that stage I didn’t know what I wanted to do in life, so when I started to talk with some of the service users and managed to build up a rapport with them I felt that caring was a career I could go into.
“Not long afterwards I started at Cerrig Camu as a support worker and then gradually worked my way up through the ranks, going from team leader and support manager until I became service manager in June 2013.”