A project run in collaboration with Grŵp Llandrillo Menai narrowly missed out on an award at the prestigious Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board Staff Achievement Awards held recently at Venue Cymru.

Project SEARCH is a partnership between host employer Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, Agoriad Cyf., Learning Disability Wales and the Grŵp.

The project offers one-year internship programmes supporting young people with a learning disability and/or autism, enabling them to gain the skills and experience to move into paid employment. In Wales, the Big Lottery Fund, in partnership with Welsh Government, funds Project SEARCH as part of the wider Engage to Change project.

Tracey Amos from Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board said,

There were a record breaking number of nominations this year and the Project SEARCH team were finalists in the Advancing Equality category, which was testament to their hard work and success. The project itself continues to go from strength to strength, with 70% of last year's interns now in employment.

Independent Living Skills Programme Area Manager Eifiona Williams said,

We are extremely proud to be working in collaboration with the Health Board, Agoriad and Learning Disability Wales to offer these opportunities to local young people. This is such an important project that will undoubtedly offer young people with learning difficulties/disabilities and/or autism meaningful work experiences and pathways to employment.

For more information on courses in Independent Living Skills at Grŵp Llandrillo Menai, please visit: www.gllm.ac.uk/ils

For more information on the Engage to Change project, please visit: www.ldw.org.uk/project/engage-to-change/