Engage to Change

June 2016 - March 2021. Funded by The Big Lottery Fund's Getting Ahead 2 grant.

Visit our brand new website for the project at www.engagetochange.org.uk for all the latest news, stories and photos!

You can also follow the project on Twitter and Facebook to stay up-to-date.

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Learning Disability Wales has been awarded a £10m grant to boost the employment prospects of young people in Wales with a learning disability and / or learning difficulty, including autism.

The five-year Engage to Change project, starting in April 2016, will work with 800 employers across Wales to help 1,000 young people with learning disability and/or autism to develop their employment skills through paid work placements lasting between 6-12 months.

Learning Disability Wales are leading a consortium of organisations to deliver Engage to Change project. These include supported employment agencies ELITE and Agoriad, the international internship programme Project SEARCH, self advocacy organisation All Wales People First, and Cardiff University.

The project is being funded by The Big Lottery Fund's Getting Ahead 2 grant - 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 will be funded by money that has been dormant in bank and building society accounts across the UK for 15 years or more.

Youth unemployment in Wales is an issue for all young people but those young people with a learning disability and/or autism, the routes into employment and the support that is available isn't always clear. The project will allow us to draw from previous good practice and clearly demonstrate what works for these young people.

More information

To find out more about Engage to Change visit our new website at engagetochange.org.uk. You can also find us on Twitter and Facebook.


We recently held two information days in south and north Wales. Below you can find presentations from the events.

Introduction to Engage to Change (PDF)

Engaging Employers - south Wales (PDF)

Engaging Employers - north Wales (PDF)

Project SEARCH (PDF)

Referral Process - north Wales (PDF)

Making the Case for Change - Steve Beyer, Cardiff University (PDF)

Personal Journey - Joe Powell (PDF)

Personal Journey - Lucy Hinksman (PDF)