"Jo has provided many with the tool kit to make a big step towards achieving their goals, and instilled confidence within them that they can achieve it.”

Natasha, Vi-Ability

"I feel more confident now and that I am able to offer my services to the local groups in the community.”

Volunteer to Employment participant

Based on individual discovery and personal achievement.  
individuals and communities to change their lives for the better.

Our story

Jo Clay

Founder & Managing Director

Skills + Passion + Knowledge = Change

Initially volunteering in India with a major volunteer company I quickly learnt two important things ~

  1. The skills people have developed are transferrable.  
    ​We are led to believe that our skills are suited to one particular sector or career path, but this is simply not true.

  2. When individuals learn to apply their skills, passion and knowledge, they create a powerful combination that results in positive change. 

It is clear that empowered individuals not only improve their lives, but also the communities in which they live and work.

As the Founder and Managing Director of Empower - Be The Change, my mission is to create a dynamic company that empowers people through positive change.  

In 2013 after working in the public sector for 10 years in a senior role at Sports Wales, I took a 12 month sabbatical to try something completely different.

I wanted to experience a different culture, a different environment, test my skills in other sectors and re-evaluate what I wanted to do. I took this opportunity to empower myself and follow a path that is right for me.

​I firmly believe that individuals who are empowered to improve their lives, not only bring out the best in themselves but also the communities in which they live and work.

Signature of founder

"You must be the change you want to see in the world."

Mahatma Ghandi

Jo Clay, Founder and Managing Director

Setting up Empower - Be The Change

Empower was founded by Jo Clay following 18 months work in collaboration with Vi-Ability setting up, delivering and managing the very successful "India Adventure" international volunteer program.  

The program supported 16 young people from the UK to take up month long volunteer placements with Silo India.  Volunteers delivered a range of community projects and received weekly 1-1 coaching sessions focused on long term career and education goals.  

​On their return to the UK all 16 volunteers successfully secured employment and or education placements.  

The success of the "India Adventure" program demonstrates that volunteering, as a catalyst for wider 

personal development, makes a significant and lasting difference to the individual.    

​Thanks to a micro-investment from Vi-Ability Jo was able to build on this success and create a 

new social enterprise that places volunteering and soft skill development at the centre of personal 


Building on success

Whilst retaining this program as one of our service areas we have also applied the same principles to create bespoke programs.  These combine our key services of accredited training, soft skill development, mentoring and volunteering to help individuals gain relevant employment experience and leadership skills.

In 2017 we will be extending delivery of our bespoke program in the UK to support 100’s of people to become better skilled, better qualified, confident empowered individuals.

We will explore opportunities to deliver our "Volunteer to Employment" and "Mentor Pathway" programs in India and explore 
opportunities for Indian students to take part in UK volunteer placements. 

We will extend our digital marketing to include; use of email marketing campaigns, social media 

make further improvements to the website. 

We will implement appropriate methods to measure and report the true impact of our work 

and write case studies, blogs and reports to showcase our achievements.  

We look forward to enabling more individuals to achieve their goals and hope you will join us on this exciting journey.