Project Archive

Project Archive


The following are records of our various completed projects, and as such registrations for the programmes mentioned on this page are now closed.  If you are interested in participating in our current projects, please see the Projects section in the menu above!


ATOLL ISLAND

Atoll Island was our Summer project for 2017.  Using a desert island as our work environment, Autus team members ran fun sessions over a six week period that focused on a ranged on subjects. With an island survival theme some of the participants had an interesting context to work on 3D design, team work, problem solving and social skills.  Others chose to do our website design course and meet the challenge to create a simple website by the end of the project.  People chose to attend what most appealed to them and on the final day of the course everyone came together (along with a couple of special guests) to tour the island and view the results of everyone's work.

We had fantastic feedback on this summer programme with comments that participants wished it could be longer!

Below are several pictures taken during sessions at various stages of the project.

A spring to provide the castaways with fresh waterCatching the fish after making themBuilding the sheltersThe fish (they actually swim!)

A view from aboveNobody wanted to eat them in the endShowcasing the shelters

You can watch our video of our Atoll island showcase above.

Thanks to London Youth and CVC Capital Partners for funding this great project!

 


CONNECT UP

Thanks to a grant from the London Community Foundation, we are happy to announce our new project: Connect Up.  Connect Up is an innovative peer support programme for people with Autism and similar complex conditions, designed to combat social isolation, improve social communication skills and build confidence.

If you are living in the Croydon area, and would like the opportunity to exercise skills developed at home with games or through self-learning, then perhaps Connect Up is for you.  With personalised support provided by our experienced team of peer mentors and qualified coaches, we offer young people a safe and secure space to learn, socialise and participate in peer support activities all underpinned by confidence building.

Using our Croydon Hub based at the CVA Resource Centre, participants will have regular access to our engaging virtual environment.  You can choose to log in from home if you want, or you can attend the Hub (or a combination of both!) to participate in our peer mentoring and support programme via our 3D campus.

You will get:

  • Confidence and skills development - through attendance of our workshops and social club activities
  • An accredited employability skills course
  • Access to our network of local employers, and the opportunity to find supported work-related opportunities as you progress through our training programme
  • Opportunity to meet and participate with other, like-minded people also participating in our programmes

If you are interested in registering as a participant, then please click here to go to our registration page.


 


JOURNEY TO EMPLOYMENT

We are pleased to announce the launch of our exciting new DWP funded project Journey to Employment.

Using an avatar (a digital version of you) you will log into our online virtual world platform to gain the skills, confidence and support you need get closer to employment.  

Getting you closer to employment may involve more than building employability skills and this programme takes a holistic approach to supporting you in taking positive steps to achieve your goals.  You will get to shape the direction of your Journey to Employment by working with our experienced mentors and a range of professionals in a safe online environment that you can access from home.

Participate in online workshops, meet local employers, learn 3D modelling skills, take a leadership role in a social job club are just a few of the opportunities available on the digital Journey To Employment.

We are working in partnership with Swindon JCP and you can speak to our Community Employment Specialist to arrange a taster session.  

Download J2E Leaflet

For more information contact donna@autus.org.uk or ask your Specialist Health and Disability Coach at Swindon JCP about Personalisation Pathfinder.

 

GET SET GO

Get what you need to get what you wantComment

The Forward Foundation funded GetSetGO! pilot project is now fully booked but the great news is we are opening access to GetSetGO! by working in partnership with local authorities and other organisations all over the UK. See our "What we offer" page for more details

GetSetGo is a project for young people with a difference:  what makes it different is that it’s really a youth led project.  The idea is that young people work together to get what they need so that they can get what they want be it jobs, work experience, skills development, friends, creative goals and so on.

GetSetGo!‘GetSetGoers’ take part in sessions (mainly via a 3D virtual environment using avatars) which are designed to bring out the best in each and every individual. We share our interests and hobbies and from there 2 coordinators (James and Adam, both in their twenties) plan and run specific activities to help everyone along in achieving their goals.

We think its best to have young people like James and Adam coordinate this project because they can identify with young people and know the challenges that young people face and how hard it is to get a lucky break especially when it comes to working in your field of choice. They participate in the project themselves, are driven to succeed and passionate about ensuring the project achieves meaningful outcomes for them and their fellow Getsetgoers.

GetSetGo! in the Virtual World

James says that ‘the purpose of the activities are to improve the GetSetGoers’

  • Personal Strengths
  • Knowledge in a specific subject or career/industry
  • Level of engagement/activeness
  • Pathways into work
  • Chances of getting and sustaining employment’

What happens when you join?

GetSetGoWe first start of by introducing GetSetgo as a whole, get you registered with an avatar learning how to navigate and do 3d modelling.  Most young people are into gaming so this is easy and interesting but for those who have trouble we offer more help.

We then we go on to talk about the sort of stuff we have running and which activities the you would like to participate in. There really is something for everyone and we have regular ‘in world’ sessions where they can log in from home and join the group - these sessions give people a chance improve their:

  • Communication skills
  • Team work skills
  • Building in a 3D environment (Virtual World)
  • Overall confidence

Some of the 2014 highlights: tour of animation company studio where Getsetgoers get to create an advert and learn about working in that industry, tour of recording studio where Getsetgoers get to make a CD, workshop on creating excellent CVs that stand out, group project where the groups models a 3D building, 3D Printing exhibition.

If you would like further information about GetSetGo! contact jamesw@hao2.eu or adam@hao2.eu .
You can also register here.
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