Information sessions

November 5, 2012

IWORK4ME will be running a number of Information Sessions for people seeking advice about the possibility of self-employment options.

These sessions will be facilitated by some of our Business Development Mentors and offer a first port of call for anybody with ASC who either has a clear business idea they would like advice on, or for people who would like to discuss self-employment options in a more general way.

The sessions will take place at the offices of Autism Initiatives UK, 11 Granton Square, Edinburgh.

Those interested in coming along can book a time slot contacting Sue Hope (Development Manager) on 07702 812987 or email sue@iwork4me.org.uk

One Year of the Charity Event

October 30, 2012

On 1st October, IWORK4ME celebrated its first year with an event at the Hilton Edinburgh Grosvenor Hotel.

The event was attended by supporters, representatives from the Scottish Government and other service providers, Trustees, volunteers and many of those who have attended the recent drop in advice sessions.

Richard Ibbotson, Chair of the Board of Trustees, welcomed everybody to the event and gave a brief overview to the history of IWORK4ME before passing over to Sue Hope, Development Manager, to summarise achievements through the first year and tell guests of plans for further development during the next twelve months.

David Breslin, key speaker for the evening then took the floor.  David, who has asperger’s syndrome, has set up his own Company ‘Speaking Literally’ organising presentations and workshops to raise the profile of Asperger’s Syndrome and to enhance the skill base of professionals who seek to offer support. David gave a truly inspirational presentation about the problems he faced in trying to access employment opportunities, and the positive benefits to him of becoming self-employed.

After David’s presentation, guests had time to mix and enjoy the refreshments.

Our thanks go to everybody who attended the event, and a particular thank you must go to the Hilton Edinburgh Grosvenor for their kind support.

Celebratory Event marking One Year of the Charity

September 5, 2012

IWORK4ME is celebrating its first year with an event at the Hilton Edinburgh Grosvenor on Monday 1st October between 6.30 and 8.30pm.

Guest speaker for the evening will be David Breslin of Speaking Literally. David has Asperger’s syndrome and has set up his own public speaking business doing presentations and workships to raise the profile of Asperger’s and enhance the skill base of those professionals who seek to offer support.

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 sue@iwork4me.org.uk
to book your place.

Please note that the last date for booking places is Monday 24th September.

For more information, please download our invitation here.

We are very grateful to Hilton Edinburgh Grosvenor for supporting this event

Come along to our Drop In Advice Sessions!

August 17, 2012

Over the coming months IWORK4ME will be running a number of Drop in Advice Sessions for people seeking information about the possibility of self-employment options.

These sessions will be facilitated by some of our Business Development Mentors and offer a first port of call for anybody with ASC who either has a clear business idea they would like advice on, or for people who would like to discuss self-employment options in a more general way.

The sessions will take place at the offices of Autism Initiatives UK, 11 Granton Square, Edinburgh between 2pm and 4pm on the following dates:

29th August
26th September
31st October

Those interested in coming along can drop in on the day, or, can book a time slot beforehand.  It is also possible to talk with our Mentors by phone on these dates, but this requires to be arranged in advance.

For further information, please contact Sue Hope (Development Manager) on 07702 812987 or email sue@iwork4me.org.uk

IWORK4ME seeks new Trustee

July 3, 2012

IWORK4ME is currently seeking an additional Trustee to take on the role of Treasurer and help manage the financial affairs of the organisation and ensure that proper accounts and records are kept, ensure financial resources are well managed and that appropriate internal financial controls are in place.

The Treasurer will monitor the financial matters of the Charity and report to the Board of Trustees at regular intervals on all financial matters, in line with good practice and in accordance with legal requirements. The Treasurer will ensure that effective financial measures, controls and procedures are in place – appropriate for the Charity and reviewed regularly.

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Drop In Advice Sessions

June 27, 2012

Over the coming months IWORK4ME will be running a number of Drop in Advice Sessions for people seeking information about the possibility of self-employment options.

These sessions will be facilitated by some of our Business Development Mentors and offer a first point of call for anybody with ASC who either has a clear business idea they would like advice on, or for people who would like to discuss self-employment options in a more general way.

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IWORK4ME is delighted to announce appointment of Development Manager

May 10, 2012

Sue Hope has recently joined IWORK4ME as Development Manager.  Over the coming months Sue will be working with the Trustees to take forward the aims of the charity and promote IWORK4ME as a voice for supported self- employment in Scotland.

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The Baily Thomas Charitable Fund

April 5, 2012

More good news for IWORK4ME. We have just been awarded a grant of £8,000 from the Bailey Thomas Charitable Trust.

This will be used to continue the development of the charity and our core activities.

Keep checking the website for more exciting news about our developments over the next few weeks.

Scottish Government funding

January 17, 2012

Great news – We have just heard that our application to the Scottish Government’s autism development fund has been successful.

This will fund the appointment of a Development Worker on a part-time basis for 18 months and further development of membership and the website.

It will give us a real opportunity to get our activities going and to be able to respond to the enquires we have started to receive.

Watch the website for more information on this exciting development over the next few weeks.

The launch of IWORK4ME

June 10, 2011

On 21st September 2011 an event was held in Edinburgh to celebrate the beginning of the charity IWORK4ME and to launch our new website.
This was an important occasion in the history of the new charity as it marks the end of the setting up of the charity and the beginning of real work, offering advice and supporting people with self employment.

  • Richard Ibbotson (Trustee)welcomed around 30 people and thanked fellow trustees and our 2 volunteers (Caroline and Ana) who had helped the development of the charity to this stage
  • Peter Corry (Trustee) gave an overview of the history of IWORK4ME and how we had got to this stage. The summary of the history and background to the establishing of the charity is on the About Us page
  • Sandra Rafferty spoke about her experience of supporting her son to become self employed by setting up his own bookshop
  • David Williamson (Trustee) then gave 2 other examples from his own experience of individuals he has supported to become self-employed which gave the audience an insight into the range of self employment possibilities that people with autism can achieve

We are now looking forward to the next stage of development of IWORK4ME.