Category Archives: Wales

WorkFit Wales sees fantastic results

In 2014 the Down’s Syndrome Association secured funding from the Big Lottery Fund Wales to develop WorkFit in Wales. Our aim was to help candidates aged 14-25 years to secure meaningful work that they wanted and enjoyed, doing work that interested them and they were good at. We commissioned an external evaluation of the WorkFit […]

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Greggs Triumph at the Understanding Disability Awards 2017

We are delighted to announce that both Greggs and Miss Tilley’s Cafe, founded by our candidate Laura, recently triumphed at the Understanding Disability Awards in Cardiff. The awards are held annually by Cardiff & the Vale Parents’ Federation to celebrate people who have made an extra effort to involve and include people with learning disabilities […]

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Luke- My Story

My name is Luke. After I finished full time college last year I didn’t know what I could do next. I have worked hard and learnt and now I have two jobs. I work at the cafe in Dunelm and at a Greggs. I really enjoy both my jobs. I love working at Dunelm and all […]

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David- My Story

My name is David. I like to keep busy. I go to a local training centre for a few days a week and I volunteer in a café too. I love to play football and do shows with my drama group. I also have a paid job working at a school. I started out as […]

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Celebrating Three Years of WorkFit Wales at The Senedd

WorkFit Wales celebrated three successful years on 22 May 2017, at a reception hosted by Julie James, Welsh Government Assembly Minister for Skills and Science, at The Senedd in Cardiff Bay. Over 80 people from all across Wales attended the reception. The attendees represented a wide range of people: young people and adults with Down’s […]

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David’s hard work and determination has resulted in paid work

“I feel so proud, my first payslip and my contract of employment.” David is 22 years old and lives in South Wales. When WorkFit met with David and his family we talked about his past work experience, his strengths and skills, areas where he might need further support and his strong commitment to getting paid […]

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“I’ll tell you why I like working…I like all the people who work here. I’m very proud of myself and I enjoy it!”

Celebrating three years of WorkFit Wales – supporting people with Down’s syndrome into work Employers, parents, employees, politicians and representatives from schools and colleges across Wales were welcomed at a special event held at The Senedd on Monday 22 May to celebrate three years of WorkFit Wales, a specialist service to support people with Down’s […]

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Luke’s work experience has certainly paid off!

Luke is 22 years old and lives in South Wales. He started in July 2016, working on a Saturday morning in Dunelm. During his initial work experience he learned essential café skills, made some good friends and enjoyed the whole experience. Dunelm immediately saw Luke’s potential. Luke has now progressed and has a paid role […]

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A parent’s perspective of WorkFit

Ffion’s mum has shared her views on WorkFit and employment… My name is Janice; my daughter Ffion who is nearly 18 years old has Down’s syndrome. She attends High School where she is in the 6th form and she is a prefect. After a very successful work experience placement in an office, Ffion is keen […]

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Cardiff City FC Foundation offer Luke a volunteer coaching role

The Down’s Syndrome Association’s (DSA) connection with Cardiff City FC Foundation began in January 2011 when DSActive started working with the club to set up a football team specifically for people with Down’s syndrome. Since then, the Cardiff Bluebirds have gone from strength to strength. The number of players has grown and they have been […]

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