Workforce Development for people with Learning Disabilities

Please see information below about a project exploring the barriers to work for those with learning difficulties.

The Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities has been commissioned by Health Education England – Kent, Surrey, Sussex to consult with people with learning disabilities to find out what they would like their workforce to know in order to support them. The project is taking place from April to August 2016.

The project

We will hold a series of workshops and one to one interviews with people with learning disabilities across all three counties to gather the views of people in an interactive way. They will involve activities asking what are the most important skills and qualities they think the workforce should possess, using tools such storytelling, objects of reference, and a range of images to help people communicate their experiences and ideas.


We want to ensure we gather the views from as wide a group of people as possible, taking into consideration:- age (from 16 years plus), level of disability, gender, area, those with personal health budgets or personal budgets, those who hire their own staff or if they are employed via an agency.  We are aware that we will need to gather the views of family and support workers too, especially if they are supporting a person with a high level of support needs.  We are able to offer participants a small token of appreciation in the form of a voucher for their time and expertise.



Easy-read questionnaires will be used during the workshops and we also plan to send them to other people living in Kent, Sussex and Surrey to ascertain their knowledge and views on the support they receive.

Final report

At the end of the project a final report will be produced, along with an easy read summary for people with learning disabilities. All participants will be sent a copy.


If you know of anyone who would like to take part in either the workshops or completing the questionnaire please get in touch with, me, Jill Davies at:  or 020 7803 1141. Thank you for reading this.