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Engage to Change was delivered for the first five years by a consortium of five partner organisations, each with a distinct and crucial role to play. This changed for Year 6. Find out more about each partner’s role below.

Learning Disability Wales (LDW)

As lead partner LDW coordinates Engage to Change, utilising our experience of project leadership throughout the whole of Wales and ensuring that all finances and reporting are in line with what is required. We interact with all partners through the steering group and individual meetings. LDW plays a key role in influencing policy change and  also a significant role in information, communication and dissemination of project findings. LDW engages with Welsh Government and other key stakeholders from across Wales.  We share project stories, good practice and lessons through the project website and social media The project information hub is maintained and delivered by LDW. During Year 6 LDW will employ the Lead Ambassador and will engage young people who have benefited from the project to raise awareness and ensure that young people with a learning disability and/or autism are viewed as part of our workforce in Wales.

ELITE Supported Employment

As an end-to-end delivery partner operating throughout South, East and West Wales, ELITE are

responsible for ensuring that young people access placements and real employment. They interact with young people, parents/carers, employers and referral sources to ensure outcomes are met.

They interact with all partners through the steering group and at a delivery level and ensure that information is collected in order to ensure that project legacy is achieved. 

Agoriad Cyf 

As an end-to-end delivery partner operating throughout North East, North West and Mid Wales, Agoriad are responsible for ensuring that young people access placements and real employment. They interact with young people, parents/carers, employers and referral sources to ensure outcomes are met. They interact with all partners through the steering group and at a delivery level and ensure that information is collected in order to ensure that project legacy is achieved. 

All Wales People First (AWPF)

As advisory and consultation partner for the first five years, AWPF ensured that people with a learning disability had input into the project. They played a key role in the consultation activity with people with a learning disability and/or autism that substantially informed the development of the project plan. As Engage to Change progressed they advised and facilitated evaluation specifically with young people with a learning disability and/or autism and advised the project steering group through their All-Wales National Council. The ambassadors were employed by AWPF acted as role models in order to raise public awareness and ensure that young people with a learning disability and/or autism are viewed as part of our workforce in Wales. During year six, AWPF will work in collaboration with Engage to Change partners. They will hold evaluation forum events and a participant feedback event, that will inform the project evaluation.

Cardiff University

As a consultation and evaluation partner the National Centre for Mental Health (NCMH) at Cardiff University ensures that all data needed for reporting purposes and to influence policy change is collected ethically and efficiently. They produce reports in relation to the current policy climate and ensure that the project legacy far exceeds expectations. They play a key role in ensuring this longer term ambition is closer to achievement in year 6 than it is in year 1.