Help us offer autistic adults the opportunity to learn new workplace skills
We were delighted to open Makers Cafe and Community Hub in Alloa, in February 2018. This new service offers an inclusive work environment for autistic people and individuals with learning disabilities, who can learn new skills and build their social confidence in a welcoming work space.
Makers houses a cafe, a shop and gallery, and offers a space to accommodate events and workshops for community groups, as well as a kitchen garden. Through Tesco’s Bags of Help scheme, the Alloa store contributed a £4,000 donation to upgrade the kitchen garden. The garden offers a quiet space for supported individuals who work in the cafe somewhere to go to relax. The garden is split up into four sections based on the senses. For smell we have things like herbs, for sight we have flowers, sounds has a water feature and wind chimes, and taste has herbs. Produce grown within the garden is also used in the fresh, homemade food served in the cafe.
Individuals who access Scottish Autism services have the opportunity to work in Makers, providing an environment in which they can directly experience the workplace. A rolling programme of activities will also be on offer, with learning opportunities for the people that access this community space.
Jackie Latto, Scottish Autism’s Director of Autism Services, said:
“This is Scottish Autism’s 50th Anniversary year and we are incredibly excited about this development for both Scottish Autism and Alloa. Autistic people will be directly involved in the running of Makers, and this will provide them with the opportunity to boost their confidence and independence, along with providing an opportunity to learn vocational skills. It demonstrates how autism services are evolving; enabling autistic people to lead full and enriched lives and become valuable members of the community they live in.
“We also hope to attract external bodies and community groups to Makers to use its wonderful multi-purpose hub space, bringing more people into Alloa and the local environment.”
Your donations and fundraising activities for Makers will help us to continue to offer meaningful and vocational opportunities for autistic people and individuals with learning disabilities. The Morrisons Foundation have shown their support for the positive difference this service is making to the local community by offering a wonderful donation of £20,100. Please get involved and show your support of Makers by taking part in your own fundraising activity for this service.
How to raise funds
If you would like to organise a fundraising event check out our fundraising ideas or you can sign up for one of our Get Active events. Please get in touch with the Fundraising Team at email@example.com or call 01259 720044.
How to donate
You can make a donation today or send a cheque payable to ‘Scottish Autism’ for attention of Fundraising, Scottish Autism, Hilton House, Whins Road, Alloa Business Park, Alloa FK10 3SA. Be sure to let us know that your donation is to support Makers.
Find out more about the Makers service by visiting www.makersalloa.org. Thank you!
In addition to providing much needed vocational opportunities for autistic individuals and people with learning disabilities, we hope that Makers will provide a welcoming space that nurtures supportive relationships with our local community.
- Service Manager, Jill Ferguson