The Linton Singers and invited Orchestra will be presenting a Charity Concert in aid of IWORK4ME on Saturday 30th April at 7.30pm in the Canongate Kirk, Edinburgh.
Under their conductor Murray Campbell, The Linton Singers, invited Orchestra and
Jean Arulanantham playing Organ, will present a programme featuring
REQUIEM by Maurice Duruflé (1902 – 1986)
Soloists: Annie Patch (mezzo soprano) and Royston Timewell (bass)
GLORIA by Antonio Vivaldi (1678 – 1741)
Soloists: Caroline Gold and Annie Patch (soprano)
Margaret Torrance (alto)
This Charity Concert will support the valuable work of IWORK4ME (www.iwork4me.org.uk). IWORK4ME is the only Scottish Charity providing specialised support to people with Autism Spectrum Conditions (ASC) who wish to become self-employed.
IWORK4ME recognises the challenges faced daily by people with ASC and that the world of employment can be extremely stressful. The Charity believes there are significant advantages to self-employment and that this ultimate goal is achievable given the right support.
IWORK4ME promotes the benefits of self-employment through its unique Business coaching service. At a pace to suit, experienced Business Coaches guide clients step-by-step from the initial abstract thinking through to small business start up and beyond. Furthermore, IWORK4ME seeks to develop the understanding of what makes good practice and innovation in supported self-employment.
The choir would very much appreciate your support for this concert. Tickets, priced at £10.00 are available from Choir members or if you would like tickets reserved please email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets will be available for collection at the door of the Canongate Kirk before the concert.
Black Friday, Cyber Monday … we are celebrating #Giving Tuesday
This year, on Tuesday 2nd December, we are taking part in a campaign that we hope will make history. We are celebrating a day dedicated to giving where charities, families and businesses will all come together for #Giving Tuesday.
As the festive season gets underway, the simple idea behind #Giving Tuesday is to encourage people, charities and businesses to help out a good cause. Whether it’s making a donation, volunteering your time or just spreading the word, #Giving Tuesday is a call to action for everyone who wants to give something back.
We’re planning to be part of this celebration and we need your help to spread the work about why giving to IWORK4ME makes a difference. As part of this we’ll be holding an event at Edinburgh Council’s Waverley Court Building promoting what we do and showcasing some of our clients who have successfully launched their own businesses. We will also be using social media to promote the Charity throughout the day. There are many ways you can help…..
- Have a great idea on how to give back on #Giving Tuesday? Share it with us.
- Follow us on Facebook or Twitter and tell us about it using the #GivingTuesday hashtag.
- Follow @GivingTuesdayUK on Twitter, like their Facebook page and register on their website www.givingtuesday.org.uk as a supporter.
- Get involved! Plan an event and we’ll support you! Look at our A-Z of fundraising ideas for inspiration!
- Offer your time as a volunteer.
- Contact us to make a donation.
The Board of Trustees will be holding their annual general meeting on Monday 24th March 2014
Autism Voices is an agency managing a ‘directory’ of people who wish to be a
voice in raising awareness of issues faced daily by people living with Autism
Spectrum Conditions (ASC). These ‘Voices’ may personally have a diagnosis of
ASC or be carers or family members. They are willing to feed into public events
and tell of their experiences and how their life is challenged by Autism, thus
raising public awareness of the issues faced by people on the spectrum.
In return for a fee paid by the organisation booking them, ‘Voices’ are ‘heard’
• as public speakers
• as creative writers (in print or online) or
• via the visual arts, e.g. as an artist, videographer/filmmaker, illustrator or actor
Autism Voices is managed by IWORK4ME who will recruit interested parties, ensuring skills are both marketable and delivered in an appropriate manner.
IWORK4ME is well placed to manage Autism Voices, thanks to its staﬀ team and established cohort of volunteer mentors trained in issues facing people with ASC, and its well-established position in the network of Autism service delivery agencies. Mentors will assist ‘Voices’ with any anxieties they may have over practical issues such as travel arrangements and venue liaison, as well as helping to secure appropriate contracts with interested organisations and thereafter assist ‘Voices’ with invoicing.
Membership of the Agency will form the basis of a self-employment microenterprise for each ‘Voice’ and will enable them to access the support required to move towards financial independence and increased self-esteem.
Through a variety of media and the arts, ‘Voices’ will have the opportunity to reach a wide audience. A robust marketing strategy has been designed by IWORK4ME to reach press and media, targeted community groups, the business
community and educationalists. Information relating to the Agency and to the individual ‘Voices’ will appear on the agency website which will come under umbrella of IWORK4ME. This directory will include a brief profile and summary of
each ‘Voice’s’ areas of expertise.
By operating as the first point of contact for organisations seeking to employ the services of a ‘Voice’, IWORK4ME will ‘filter’ requests thus removing the anxiety for ‘Voices’ around having to take calls/emails directly and make immediate decisions. IWORK4ME will discuss with organisations their particular requirements and then contact appropriate ‘Voices’ via email, to put forward proposals. Once agreement is reached with a ‘Voice’ on a contract, IWORK4ME will further liaise with the organisation making the request to finalise terms.
In response to requests for support from across Scotland, IWORK4ME is delighted to advise that we now have a number of forums on our website designed to offer advice and support to those living further afield, or indeed for people who do not feel able to attend meetings in Edinburgh. We hope that you find the information useful and would really encourage visitors to post (we have also included a step by step Guide to posting to make this easy).
The team at IWORK4ME would like to extend their sincere thanks to everybody who attended the 2nd Year Celebratory Event at the Hilton Edinburgh Grosvenor on 30th October. It was great to see so many people and our thanks must also go to Hilton Edinburgh Grosvenor for once again supporting this event.
The event saw the launch of Autism Voices with Sean Kennedy giving an inspirational and moving presentation describing some of his personal challenges living with Autism.
We are proud to be launching a new initiative – Autism Voices – bringing to life the unheard voices of Autism.
Autism Voices will be an agency managing a ‘directory’ of people who wish to be a voice in raising awareness of issues faced on a daily basis by people living with Autism Spectrum Conditions.
Places for this event are limited and will be offered on a first come, first
served basis. If you would like to attend, please contact Sue Hope
(Development Manager) on 07702 812987 or email email@example.com
to book your place.
Please note that the last date for booking places is Wednesday 23th October.
For more information, please download our invitation here.
We are very grateful to Hilton Edinburgh Grosvenor for supporting this event
Autism Initiatives has received funding from the Scottish Government for an exciting new project. Autism: Life in Colour aims to capture the views of people with autism about their lives by inviting them to submit two photographs or video clips, both taken on April 2nd 2013, World Autism Awareness Day.
The purpose of the project is to provide a visual representation of the Government’s Autism Mapping project which aims to gain an understanding of what life is like for people with autism throughout Scotland. Autism: Life in Colour will add to this understanding directly through the eyes of the person with autism. This project will be unique in including people of all ages with autism across Scotland.
Getting Involved – People with Autism
On 2nd April we would like you to take two photos or video clips and submit them to us via our website.
The two images should capture the following:
- “What’s the best thing about today?”
- “What’s the worst thing about today?”
Images from Autism:Life in Colour will feature in a number of projects:
- Photographs- a display of images to support the final Mapping Project report and the outcomes (conference, launch events etc.)
- Video – a video will be edited from the video clips received. Autism: Life in Colour will then be available to view on the website
- Website – to host a virtual gallery of the photographs and videos submitted
- Exhibition – ‘The Gallery on the Corner’ – Scotland’s Autism Art Gallery will develop and host a photography exhibition of the best 24 photographs
- An analysis of the themes of images submitted will provide some fascinating insights into what people with autism actually think.
To participate, simply take your photos or videos on the 2nd April, then from 3rd April until 31st May you will be able to submit your images and videos via the Autism: Life in Colour website: www.autismlifeincolour.org.uk
(You will also submit your name, your email, and a few details about your pictures. Guidelines of copyright and technical issues will also be on the website).
Getting Involved – Friends, Supporters and Families
We want people with autism from all parts of the spectrum to participate. We encourage families, friends and supporters to get involved and assist them if needed. Please get in touch with us with your comments and questions.
The website will soon have all of the details of how to participate.
We will be holding the first Advice Session of 2013 between 2.30pm and 5pm on Monday 28th January at the offices of Autism Initiatives, 11 Granton Square, Edinburgh.
If you would like to book an appointment to discuss the possibility of self-employment in general or discuss a potential business idea, please contact Sue Hope (Development Manager) on 07702 812987 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
IWORK4ME is now looking for a dynamic and enthusiastic person to join the volunteer team in the role of volunteer Information Resources Assistant.
The Information Resources Assistant will work on building, updating and growing our online resource library. We want to offer visitors to our website access to current and appropriate information relating to supported self employment. You will use your research and analysis skills to signpost users to relevant websites and articles. Once the online resource library is up and running, you will work with the Development Manager to create additional supporting literature which can be downloaded from the website.
If you are interested in this opportunity and would like to find out more, please contact Sue Hope, Development Manager on 07702 812987 or email email@example.com.