Help us provide support workshops and peer network opportunities for autistic individuals and their families
We were delighted to open Makers Cafe and Community Hub in Alloa, in February 2018. This 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.
As well as running the cafe on a daily basis, the team have piloted support groups which offer advice and workshops, for the parents and carers of autistic individuals to be able to attend and network with their peers.
These sessions are set up to recognise that in addition to the families we currently provide direct support services to, there are many families and autistic individuals we don’t reach that do not have access to peer and professional support networks. These individuals may not meet the criteria for larger scale support packages to be put in place through the local service provision but they still require a support network. This could go a long way to meeting the needs of autistic individuals and people with a learning disability in the Forth Valley region.
The pilot sessions that have already taken place have received very positive feedback. The groups will be facilitated by our experienced support staff, run at various times to ensure they are as accessible as possible and include initial topics such as Education, Right Click, our online support programme and sleep issues. This would expand further in the future with suggestions from attendees.
In addition to these support sessions, we hope to further expand what the Makers community hub has on offer by providing a rolling programme of workshops, activities and peer network opportunities.
Hosting community groups and events would enable us to link with other local projects and organisations, allowing us to share ideas and collaborate. Makers has already hosted such an event in conjunction with a local recovery café, for families affected by loss of a loved one due to drug and alcohol abuse.
Workshops and activities would be led by the needs and interests of the people who access them. Suggestions for these have included a workshop on skills for future employment and navigating the workplace, as well as a series of animation workshops.
A total of £1,925 has already been raised through support from local businesses Ceteris and Inglewood House and Spa in Alloa. We hope to raise a total of £20,000 to cover the annual running cost of these beneficial support groups, workshops and activities and would love your help! Please get involved and show your support for Makers as a community hub by donating generously or taking part in your own fundraising activity for the project.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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