Opening Doors For The Workforce Of The Future

DFN Project SEARCH is a transition to work programme committed to transforming the lives of young adults with a learning disability and autism or both.

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Interns now employed

The reason we fight to create a legacy of lasting change.



We have successful sites in England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland and Portugal.


Into fulltime employment

DFN Project SEARCH graduates who achieve full-time permanent roles, compared to the national average of 5.1% of people with a learning disability who are known to local authorities.


Number of interns served By 2030

DFN Project SEARCH aims to support 10,000 young adults with a learning disability, or autism spectrum condition, or both, in the UK into paid employment by 2030. The charity has supported almost 2,000 people into paid employment to date.

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The world of work is ready for you to make your mark.

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Help change the lives of young adults with a learning disability or autism spectrum condition, or both.

A DFN Project SEARCH team member can present to your local partners to generate excitement and provide knowledge about the programme.

Make a Change

Creating Success Stories

Sarah-Jayne’s Story

DFN Project SEARCH supported internship programme

For Sarah-Jayne, the DFN Project SEARCH supported internship programme at Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, Ysbyty Gwynedd Hospital in Bangor and securing a full-time job has been life-changing for allowing her to make new friends and reach her full potential.

Bobby’s Story

Working in a London NHS Hospital

Bobby’s journey into employment, working in a London NHS Hospital, has highlighted that the support received by the DFN project SEARCH team along the way was truly transformational.

Don’t just take it from us, Bobby’s mum says: ‘Without DFN Project SEARCH and the support he got along the way, Bobby wouldn’t be where he is today.’

Ekene’s Story

Social skills have blossomed

Ekene has had an inspirational journey with DFN Project SEARCH, challenging stereotypes around employing people with disabilities by providing an outstanding service and supporting NHS workers on the frontline.

He has not only developed his practical skills, but his social skills have blossomed and so has his confidence.

Emre’s Story

Asset to any organisation

‘DFN Project Search helped me with my communication skills and help build my confidence… doing different placements helped my employment skills, especially when I was able to apply for a post at Carleton Crematorium’

Emre has proven that with the correct training and opportunity to show case skills, young adults with learning disabilities are an asset to any organisation.

Megan’s Story

Feels part of a team

Before starting with Glasgow Royal Infirmary Megan didn’t have a lot of confidence and although very capable, she didn’t always see herself in that way.

Now Megan not only feels part of a team with DFN Project SEARCH but is happy at work and glad to have been working during lockdown, as she feels like she has been contributing to her community.


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