The Bridge to Employment Project:
The Bridge to Employment is aimed at young people aged 16 to 25 who have autism spectrum disorders or related disabilities and have a variety of barriers that prevent them from accessing the traditional post-school options.
The aim of the project is to use a person-centred approach to develop unique opportunities for each young person that incorporates one or all of the following; employability skills, work experience and social enterprise.
The project is part-financed by the Scottish Government and the European Union – LEADER 2014 – 2020 programme.
The Bridge to Employment Project is unique to Dumfries and Galloway in terms of it’s delivery style and target group. There are no clear post-school options for the target group of more able young people with ASD and related disabilities, especially for those living outside of Dumfries. In Dumfries and Galloway there is no specialist employability provision for this group who may have communication challenges or need some extra support to develop essential core skills such as being able to travel independently, writing job applications, attending interviews, managing social interactions and working independently.
Organisations we are currently working in partnership with are:
- D&G Chamber of Commerce
- Third Sector D&G
- DG TAP
- Developing the Young Workforce (DYW)
- D&G Council Autism Initiative
- D&G Autism Network
- Project Search
- Princes Trust
- ‘Can Do’ Leonard Cheshire
- Health & Wellbeing Team NHS
If you are a business or organisation who we could partner with please contact us.
Housing for young people with additional support needs – Research Project
A new project to establish the need for, and type of, housing for young people with additional support needs in Dumfries and Galloway. The project will identify current provision, any gaps in the housing market and options available to this group of people taking into account the rurality and remoteness of Dumfries and Galloway. On completion a final report detailing the research and recommendations for future developments will be produced.
Following a successful pilot phase funded by the Holywood Trust and Dumfries and Galloway Council, Parents Inclusion Network supported an extension of after school Lego Clubs across Dumfries and Galloway. Successful 4 to 6 week runs of these have taken place at the Fig and Olive café in Stranraer and The Stove in Dumfries.
Project set out to develop the application of yoga in reducing stress and anxiety in children with ASD, ADHD and other disabilities and in helping them to manage their own anxieties. The rationale for using yoga with this group of children is:
- To promote self-awareness – yoga strengthens self-awareness enabling people to develop their own coping mechanisms to manage stressful situations whenever they occur
- To promote structure – Individuals with ASD need clear structure and routine which helps them maintain control, concentration and sustain long term interest. Yoga is based upon sequences of movements and postures in a clear structure, rhythm and routine.
- Co-ordination and Physical Fitness – young people often miss out on PE in school due to their physiological limitations, sensory and visual processing; inability to ‘play by the rules’ and work with others.
The yoga taught provided individuals with consistent, reliable patterning along with progressive physical challenges. It also provided a sensory ‘diet; that helped individuals find their confidence and develop their physical skills in a safe and non-competitive environment.
The Better Lives Partnership is eager to support young people with ASD, their families, and the professionals who work with them by creating innovative projects. We are continually seeking opportunities to expand and grow the charity and rely on the enthusiasm and initiative of our employees to help in this aim.