This December will see the first Pride of Redditch awards launched by Councillor Rebecca Blake, shining light on people who are helping to make positive differences in Redditch for the town and its residents.
For those who haven’t already heard, we officially opened our doors on Friday 11th October for anyone and everyone to come and see what we do and check out our new home. We hope some of you managed to come down and see for yourselves. The turn out was incredible and around 150 people attended.
Apologies for the lack of posts the last few months, we have had a manic time to say the least. As you will know from previous posts we have just moved our project to a new premises which has taken up a huge amount of effort. We are now settling in so hopefully we will have more time to keep the blog updated!
As some of you may know we have been in the process of moving to a larger purpose built centre for the best part of a year. On Monday 29th July it eventually happened! (With the help of many hardworking volunteers and a big van)
We have moved from our premises in Matchborough Centre to the Matchborough East Community Centre.
Apologies for the lack of posts recently, we have doubled our workload this year and have really struggled to find time to keep the blog up to date!
The two big projects that we have been getting off the ground this year are –
-Support Across the Spectrum which is funded by The Big Lottery Fund and enables us to work with young people aged 15-25 who have Asperger’s to reduce social isolation.
As part of our ever expanding Support Across the Spectrum project funded by the Big Lottery our members have created their very own blog. It is for our Spectrum members to upload reviews of anything and everything!
Spectrum member and volunteer Tom is the webmaster who created the blog, writes reviews and also supports other members to not only write their own reviews but teaches them how to upload them too.
The reviews are generally about computer games, movies and music at the moment as that’s what interests our members. They are all written reviews at the moment but we are currently working on some video interview style reviews too, thanks to our new video camera donated by Phil Haslam of HSL Roadside.
We now have 4 reviewers who are uploading to the site and already have more who are interested in getting involved.
To check out their blog – http://spectrumreviews.com/
If you or anyone you know has Aspergers and would be interested in getting involved then contact us for more information – firstname.lastname@example.org or 01527 502624
We recently held our own in-house video camera training to teach our Spectrum members how to use the new fancy camera that was generously donated by Phil Haslam.
One of our members David B bravely delivered the training to a small group of his peers with the support of staff member Jordan Cooke.
In November we kicked off our Support Across the Spectrum project which is a development of our existing Spectrum Club sessions. We were successful in receiving funding for the next 5 years by the Big Lottery Reaching Communities Fund (whoohoo!!) The Spectrum Club for those who don’t already know is our work with youngsters who have Aspergers Syndrome.
So this meant the Spectrum Club went from fortnightly Thursday evening sessions for younger (Spectrum Orange) and older (Spectrum Red) members to weekly sessions for both groups and much much more…
The Support Across the Spectrum project has three main aims-
1) Reduce isolation of people with ASD
2) Increase independence of people with ASD
3) Increase mental and physical well being of people with ASD
This is taking the form of weekly friendship groups, weekly drop in, group trips, internal and external volunteering opportunities, film projects, festivals, steering group, review website, monthly social games console nights, healthy lifestyle and independent living skills activities and projects and much more!
Check out the slideshow below to see for yourself what we have already been up to with our brilliant Spectrum project…
As many of you will already know we recently received substantial funding to develop our Spectrum Red group (a friendship group for young people with Aspergers Syndrome).
We have been so busy at the centre since we found out that we have neglected our blog! To make up for it here is a photo update of the Spectrum Red sessions that have been funded by our Big Lottery Reaching Communities grant. Continue reading
We have been so busy at the project getting ready for Christmas and preparing for new projects that we didn’t realise it was our 1 year anniversary of our little blog!
Thank you to all who have spent the time to check out what we have been up to, subscribed to the email updates and sent messages of support – we really do appreciate it.
Here’s to an even busier and more exciting year ahead at Your Ideas Redditch🙂