We asked Lesley some quick fire questions about how the funding will help.
1. Why did you apply for the engage with your community awards?
Autism sufferers, and their parents or carers can become isolated. We want to stop this happening, and make sure that families stay connected with the community.
I’m always looking for activities and trips for the society however, it can be difficult and costly. I applied to engage with your community so we could take the group on a trip and help those affected connect with other members of the community.
2. How would you sum the project up in a sentence?
To provide an opportunity for our members to get out of the house, meet other people and do something different.
3. What will the money be spent on?
It can be very difficult for those with autism and their parents to go to the cinema or theatre as the lighting, noise and surroundings can cause distress, often disturbing other viewers.
Funding will be spent on taking our members to a special autism-friendly production of the Lion King in Edinburgh. The money will pay for coach travel to and from the theatre as well as tickets for the performance. Without funding we wouldn’t have been able to do this.
4. What’s your involvement in the cause?
I am the mum of an autistic child. Initially I went along to the group for support, now I work to pass on my knowledge to other parents such as helping to fill in assessment forms, applications for funding, practical issues on how to deal with stressful situations and helping individuals feel not so alone within the community. I also help to organise events and gathering for the society.
5. How long have you been involved with the cause?
I’ve been involved for just over a year, it’s a wonderful group to be involved with and I’m grateful for their support.
6. Any highlights from working with the cause?
Gaining this funding has been spectacular, and the excitement amongst our members is palpable.
That said there have been so many highlights, the little achievements are just as good as the big ones. Helping someone with autism tie their shoelaces is fantastic, it may not sound like much but it can be a difficult process for them.
We also had one member who recently gained their standard qualification in English, when we heard that we were overjoyed.
7. What’s the best piece of advice you could give someone who’s applying for community funding?
Go for it! I certainly didn’t expect to be successful, but the positive impact it will have on the group is huge.
8. Are you looking for any volunteers? If so, how could they help you?
We’ve got an open door policy so if you have a child with autism or going through the stress of the diagnosis procedure you are most welcome to attend. Fundraising is a constant issue so we are always on the lookout for volunteers to help us with that.
Anyone who’d like to join the society or help raise funds should call: 07539020799, or email: email@example.com
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