The Engage to Change project is working across Wales to support young people aged 16-25 who have a learning difficulty, learning disability and/or autism to achieve their full potential.
Using a person-centred approach, Engage to Change works closely with young people, their parents/carers and employers to:
- overcome barriers to employment
- develop transferable skills
- offer unpaid work experience
- provide paid supported employment
- find volunteering opportunities
- offer access to supported internships.
Learning Disability Wales is leading a consortium of organisations to deliver the Engage to Change project. These include supported employment agencies ELITE (in South Wales) and Agoriad (in North Wales), self-advocacy organisation All Wales People First, and the National Centre for Mental Health (NCMH) at Cardiff University. We are also working in collaboration with the international internship programme Engage to Change DFN Project SEARCH.
The project is being funded by the National Lottery Community Fund – the largest ever awarded by the organisation in Wales. The grant was developed in partnership with Welsh Government to meet priorities for supporting children and young people. It is funded by money that has been dormant in bank and building society accounts across the UK for 15 years or more.
For more information on Engage to Change please visit our dedicated project website. You’ll find personal stories, blogs, videos, easy read information, and all the latest news.