Rhys started working in manufacturing at Bedford over two years ago and immediately knew it was the right fit for him.
‘I knew a lot of the guys here, and I knew it suited me. Long term I might work towards open employment but I want to build my skills first. I play sport with a lot of the guys here. Toby is one of my best mates and Reno I’ve known for over four years, we all play for the Goodwood Saints Footy Club.’
Rhys has also played in Indoor Cricket Nationals and the Special Olympics in both swimming and soccer. Rhys has also set some lifestyle goals.
‘In about five years I’d like a boat licence and I’d like to maybe live in my own place. I’m pretty independent at home. I can cook a steak on the BBQ, cook vegies, make mash.’
Rhys is an inspiration to his team and his mutual respect for them is clear too.
‘Some of these guys have a label like “intellectual disability” but they are capable like me too. What I like about working here is that the supervisors can see I’m capable.’