Learning Disability Wales is delighted to welcome two new members of staff to our team. Later this week we will hear from Gerraint Jones-Griffiths, Lead Ambassador for our Engage to Change project. Today we welcome Sophie Williams, who is taking on the role of Communications Officer for Engage to Change.

I am delighted to be taking on the role of Communications Officer for the Engage to Change project.

I am excited to promote the fantastic opportunities and support that Engage to Change offers young people and I hope to encourage more people to take part in the project. I am also looking forward to working closely with Engage to Change’s partners and visiting some of the work placements that they offer.

One of my aims going into the role is to put a spotlight on the brilliant legacy the project has created. Following the person-centred approach of the project, I am passionate about giving young people, their parents, carers and our work placement partners, a platform to share their experiences on the project and I am looking forward to creating videos and blogs focusing on their achievements. I hope by sharing people stories we can inspire others to take part whilst also allowing us to celebrate the achievement of current participants. As a neurodivergent person myself, I am passionate about increasing the visibility of people with learning disabilities and autism in the workforce.

Before starting the role with the Engage to Change Project, I worked as a Community Engagement Worker for a Violence Against Women, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence (VAWDASV) charity where I promoted their support services and trained local businesses and organisations on domestic abuse awareness. As a part of my role, I was enthusiastic about championing equality and diversity and ensuring that barriers to entry and inclusion to the service were reduced to ensure that support was accessible to all.

Previously I have taught in adult learning settings where I have supported a range of learners from ages 14-84 and have experience working with learners with learning disabilities and autism. I am passionate about lifelong learning and ensuring that learning opportunities are open to everyone and ensuring that no one is excluded from education.

Outside of work I am an avid reader and writer, whether it is for fun or as part of my studies as a part-time student.  I enjoy all forms of live entertainment from trips to the theatre, comedy shows, drag shows and even the odd wrestling match!  You are most likely to find me at lunch with family, on the beach with friends, or at home with my lovely partner and cat.

If you any communications enquiries about our Engage to Change project please email me at sophie.williams@ldw.org.uk or phone 029 2068 1160.

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