A retail outlet selling a range of products handcrafted by local disabled people has been officially opened.
The farm shop at Scolton Manor near Haverfordwest also provides employment for those with a disability.
It is the result of collaborative working between a number of organisations.
A leading role is played by Pembrokeshire County Council’s Norman Industries - a supported factory in Snowdrop Lane, Haverfordwest, which employs people with a disability.
The opening of the Scolton Manor farm shop has enabled Norman Industries to employ a further six people in the unit, giving them experience in a retail environment and customer service.
A further three disabled people have been taken on in its craft workshop bringing the total number of people on its supported employment programme to over 50.
The shop supports a wide range of Pembrokeshire producers - not just Norman Industries – and has opened up a range of work-based alternative day opportunities for people in craft industries.
Funding has been accessed through a variety of sources including from the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) through its Access to Work programme, through Workways+ from European Funds and through the Welsh Government’s Integrated Care Fund.
The official opening was performed by the Vice Chairman of Pembrokeshire County Council, Michael James.
He told guests: “This enterprise is an important step in improving the wellbeing of Pembrokeshire citizens. Along with the other initiatives run by Norman Industries, it shows how the County Council has improved its support and employment of people with disability over the last two years.”
Councillor James said the work had resulted in Pembrokeshire County Council being recognised as a DWP Disability Confident Leader - the first local authority in Wales to achieve the distinction.
Pictured are farm shop staff with Councillor Mike James after the official opening.