Lindzi starts some work for Respite Northwest this week. She's covering for some staff absence with the Chrysalis group who rent our space here at Blue Pit Mill during the day so she doesn't have to go far to work! She says she's really looking forward to gaining more experience of working with people with disabilities in a day service setting. "I'm sure they'll enjoy getting to do some circus skills, music and art too."
Jo and Lindzi are close to completing accredited mediation training with Rochdale Mediation Service. They say the course has been very interesting and they've learnt a lot more transferrable skills than they expected.
We're getting ready for our intensive week with the families that have signed up
for the Case Studies pilot project from 13 August to 18 August. Over this week we will work 3 or 4 families affected by Autism. These are families that are involved in our current Case Studies Pilot project. The week wll culminate in the production of a person centred plan for the child or young person with Autism and a Fun Finale on Saturday 18th August where we will bring all the families together to take part in creative workshops including mask-making, circus skills, music, drama and dance. The theme of all the workshops is "Celebrating Our Family".
The Case Studies Pilot is taking place so that we can gather evidence to show that our interventions work. We intend to raise funding to enable more families to access our services for free! If you think this might be for you, even if Autism is only suspected, not diagnosed yet we'd really like to hear from you.
Lindzi Miller and Jo Potts