BAAGS - NEWS
3rd April 2017
We are now taking caravan bookings for 2018 - we can't believe how popular it is, if you would like to book then our advice would be don't hesitate !
2nd March 2017
New event added for 2017, and pics from previous events too.
1st December 2016
First events of 2017 are now confirmed, please check our Fundraising page for more details.
13th June 2016
Major web site update performed. A slight revamp to the site, including news on our latest big project - THE LODGE, click here for more information.
2016 Caravan availability updated.
Details of our big fundraiser happening in April 2016 are now available online.
New training / seminar event added, 27th October"Education, Relationships & Sexuality" - more information here.
New fundraising event added, 11th July "The Boyds" JB Function Room, Berwick Rangers FC - more information here.
Our 2015 chairmans report is now on line. Click here to read it.
Full details of our evening music event is now available on our fundraising page. Get yourself along, it promises to be a good night.
More information regarding our Autism and Acceptance Awareness Day in the Volunteer Hall in Galashiels, to be held on 4th April can be found here. To book a table, please click here. Thank you to the Scottish Government Autism Development Fund for extending the funding to allow us to host this Awareness Day alongside our Autism, Employment Project.
Please see our fundraising page for a list of our events for 2015, more are to be added but there are plenty on there for you to look and book time off for now !
We have secured funding from the Scottish Government Autism Development Fund to put on an Autism Acceptance & Awareness Day on Saturday 4th April 2015, more details on our Fundraising page.
Thank you to everyone who came to our recent BAAGS BASH celebration in the Golden Lion, Galashiels - the event was an opportunity for us to thank all of our supporters, advisors and funders for the valuable encouragement they have given to us over the years. It was a great response to our invites, the food and service provided by the Golden Lion was excellent and the celebration cake was delicious...much thanks to Iain Chapman for his design and baking skills.
We appreciate everyone who has beein involved with our Group since it's first formation in 1998 - we hope there will be many more years to come.
Derek, Rodelle, Hazel, Duncan and Liz - the BAAGS Committee
We are putting on two music nights in aid of the Carer-Van, please see details on our fundraising page. Come along and support BAAGS, and be entertained at the same time !
To learn a lot more about BAAGS, please download this PowerPoint presentation
Loom Bands are now available in our shop - check it out here.
Feedback from our course on 14th October "Serious Sex Issues" is now available on our training and seminars page.
Donation received by BAAGS
Thank you so much to Scottish Public Pensions Agency Sports & Social Club in Tweedbank who have very generously donated £400 to BAAGS.
We are delighted and honoured to have been selected as one of your charities to receive your donation, and thank each and every person who has supported and donated at your events.
The money will be used to help with maintenance and running costs
of our Carer-Van - and will enable us to continue to offer low
cost and affordable breaks, respite and holidays to the people
who live with autism.
New seminar coming up on Wednesday 3rd December, see our training and seminars page for details.
NEW - BOOK FOR SALE IN OUR SHOP
We now have a book for sale in our shop. ' three short stories
written by Autistic Member James D Cameron. The book has been
signed by James.'
Story 1 = The female robber = Nicola Chickenpox steals - but gets her comeuppance!
Story 2 =Alex Struan & his Scottish Horse Spices = Alex and his family face an adventure to beat the bullies!
Story 3 = Mimi Rercy & Ross the Golden Hippo = the magical Ross meets Mimi - with an adventure along the way!
All this for only £5.00 which includes P+P. Check out our shop
NEW - AUGUST 2014 - TEXT GIVING
Simply text BAAG14 followed by a £ sign and the amount you wish to donate to 70070. For example, to donate £5 simply text BAAG14 £5 to 70070.
Feedback from our events held on 9th July and 19th August is now on line on our training and seminars page here.
Our chairmans report 2014 is now available to read, you can do so by clicking here.
Feedback from 18th March seminar on line, and details of new seminar in September. Both on our Training & Seminars page.
Check out our fundraising page for Dan's marathon, you can now donate to us via BT My Donate.
Dan Regan is running the Brighton Marathon on April 6th 2014 to raise funds for BAAGS, more details here.
New question and answer seminar added, please see our Training and Seminars page for details.
New training conference added, please see our Training and Seminars page for details.
"Life behind a glass wall" seminar is coming up in November, see our training and seminars page to get more information.
Feedback from seminar available to view.
Feedback from seminar available to view.
Please view the following document, detailing feedback on the recent Dean Beadle / Lynne Moxon seminar.
Information and Advice for emplyers booklet.
BAAGS are pleased to make available, this leaflet offering invaluable advice for employers, available here.
Autism Network Scotland launch online
Virtual Networks to provide autism support
A new series of online forums to support people on the autistic spectrum, their family, carers and associated practitioners has been launched by Autism Network Scotland at the University of Strathclyde.
Known as Virtual Networks, these online forums are part of a wider support service offered by Autism Network Scotland, a hub of impartial and reliable information about autism services across Scotland, funded by the Scottish Government. The complete list of networks currently available can be found on the Autism Network Scotland website. They include a network specifically for people based in the Borders area.
Each virtual network will provide a safe, engaging environment for collaboration, co-operation and peer support in both personal and professional capacities. The aim is to enable a solutions-focussed approach to improving the lives of people on the autistic spectrum.
Emma Hanley, Autism Network Scotland Co-ordinator said:
“Our aim is to encourage communication and knowledge exchange. The creation of online communities of practice will enable people to share their personal and professional experiences as well as ask questions and seek advice irrespective of time, geography and finance.
“By using our online forums, we aim to provide people with support, information and expertise which may not be available to them in their immediate environment".
The Virtual Networks are now available to members of Autism Network Scotland. You can become a member quickly and easily by completing the online membership form. Membership is and always will be free.
We are delighted to announce that we have been granted a second years' funding to run our EMPLOYMENT PROJECT. This project aims to encourage all employers and business owners to accept the skills and benefits a person with autism can bring into a working environment - either for wages or for voluntary experience. The Scottish Government has awarded BAAGS a further £7,500 to continue with our aim of hosting seminars and information roadshows to highlight the skills, expertise, and positivities which the traits of autism can be of benefit to businesses large and small across our region.
All Managers, Staff, Owners, Supporting Agnecies , employees etc are invited to attend our events which will be held throughout 2014 in the Scottish Borders. These events will be free and will offer a Business Networking opportunity.
Booking is required - please contact us for further details.
PLEASE NOTE : Holiday payments/deposits, Membership fees and gift donations can be made direct from your PayPal account to ours by using the following email address email@example.com
Our chairmans report for 2012-13 is now available to read by clicking here.
We will be holding our Annual General Meeting on Monday 27th May in the George & Abottsford Hotel, High Street, Melrose at 7-30pm.
All members are invited to join us, and anyone with ideas and suggestions for the future benefit of BAAGS, this is the time and place to share them.
All current serving Committee members will be available for re-election/replacement or to join. Anyone wishing to be considered for the Committee is asked to complete this form and return it as soon as possible to BAAGS.
Thank you to everyone who has shown their support to BAAGS, to
our members, and to our projects - your continued involvement
has meant a great deal to us and given us the confidence and encouragement
to continue with our aims and objectives.
New seminar coming in September !
Friday September 20th
Cairndale Hotel, Dumfries
1pm to 4pm
£55 per person
Sexuality, Autism & Puberty Seminar delivered by Guest Speakers Dean Beadle and Lynne Moxon
Dean Beadle is a 22 year old man with Asperger
syndrome. Dean has developed a career as a journalist and a professional
speaker at autism conferences and parent & carer talks.
Dean has created a number of talks looking at all aspects of growing up and living with Asperger syndrome. His talk at Autism Cymru's fourth international conference on June 21 & 22 has been recorded and loaded to youtube and you can watch the first 13 minutes here. During this talk Dean talks about the positives of Asperger syndrome as well as discussing some of the difficulties he faced at school and how a few key individuals enabled him to get through mainstream education.
Lynne Moxon is a Psychologist who has been working
in the area of Autistic Spectrum Disorders for 25 years. Lynne
currently works in independent practice providing specialist consultancy
to European Services for People with Autism (ESPA). ESPA, a Sunderland
based charity, runs a specialist FE college, long term residential
care and a day centre for creative arts for adults with Asperger
syndrome and autism. Lynne directs courses in socio-sexual skills,
psychology and affective education. Lynne is a Senior Lecturer
and Course Leader for the Masters degree in Autism at Northumbria
Appointments for a 30 minute FREE consultation with Solicitor Emma Horne for March 29th are still available - between 12noon and 4pm.....also for April 26th, May 31st and June 28th.....Wills, Powers of Attorney, Guardianships etc.....FREE for CARERS. Contact BAAGS to book now.
Thank you to all the employers, carers, support workers, service providers and interested persons who attended our 1st Employment Launch in St Boswells.
The compere for the day, Rob Nicholson did an excellent job of keeping it in order as each speaker gave a short presentation on Statistics of Employment (Stella MacDonald), Employment Law, (Russell Eadie) and an Employers Experience (Rob Oliver) - the feedback and networking all show the day was a great success and every one of the almost 50 delegates left feeling better informed, enthusiastic, wiser and encouraged.
Thank you to all staff for the hospitality and catering at the Buccleuch Arms Hotel, for the delicious and plentiful catering.
Thank you to everyone who continues to support and encourage BAAGS and promote the work we do.
The next Employment Roadshow will be on Friday July 5th in the Marshall Meadows Hotel, Berwick on Tweed, from 11am (registration 10-30) until 2pm...FREE to all and buffet lunch and networking is included.
Bookings must be made prior to the event and no later than Wednesday 3rd July...confirmation of booking will be sent.
Pictures from the day are below, click on each one for a bigger photo.
Thank you so much to Andy Monk whose donations via sponsored walk and on-going fundraising have, so far, reached over £824-59. Thank you so much to Andy, and everyone who supports him, encourages him and donates to him...he is an amazing guy who does amazing things all in the aid of charity - we are honoured and delighted to know Andy and to have been the recipients for some of his generosity. Thank you.
Thank you to Emma Horne and Morison's Solicitors for their continued support of BAAGS member's and for the FREE legal adive which Emma continues to offer to not only our members, but to carers in general. The next available appointment to see Emma for a 30-minute free consultation is Friday March 29th from 12noon until 3-30pm....thereafter the last friday of April, May and June....the consultations all take place in the Focus Centre, Galashiels...appointments neccessary.
Are you interested in joining the BAAGS committee ? If so, please fill in this form and send it to us.
Emma Horne, Solicitor with Morisons' Solicitors of Glasgow and Edinburgh will continue to offer her FREE legal Advice for Carers in Galashiles. 30 minute appointments are available on Friday 25th January, Friday 1st March, Friday 29th March, Friday 26th April, Friday 31st May and Friday 28th June in the Focus Ability Centre, Galahiels. Anyone wishing for some advice and/or guidance on the legal minefield around Wills, Guardianships, Powers of Attorney etc is welcome to book their appointments which are available between 12noon and 3-30pm on those days.
To book an appointment please email or telephone BAAGS.
COLD CALLERS - please download our notice to deter cold callers coming to your door.
We are delighted to announce we have upgraded our CARER-VAN to a newer model. The new van has double glazing, central heating, window locks, full-size fridge & freezer, outside light - as well as offering a wee bit more luxury, an extra toilet, more cupboard space in all areas. We are sure the families who use our Carer-Van will be very impressed with the comfort and efficiency we are offering them.
Massive thank you to everyone who has donated money to this project, sine 2011 money has been raised via a huge range of fundraising events held by many wonderful people and attended/supported by hundreds of very generous and supportive people - to you all who have played a very important part - THANK YOU.
Please view the Carer-Van page, which has now been updated with
MESSAGE from BAAGS committee
"Please could we say a huge thank you to our final fundraisers for 2012, Emma Horne who recently ran the Jedburgh Marathon...finishing in a respectable time and raising much needed funds for our Carer-Van upgrade.....and to Carlyn Nicholls for a fun and interesting demonstration at our recent Pampered Chef night, special thanks also to everyone who came along on the night and took part in some very interesting pizza making and tasting - especially the Gala Boys Brigade who really got involved and made the demonstrations lively!!!! Orders are still being made online at the moment, so an exact amount raised can not be confirmed yet, but estimated in the region of over £200 - thank you to everyone who has given their support to our events and helped us to raise the £12,000 needed to purchase the upgraded Carer-Van...we are very proud to announce we have reached our target and will be purchasing the new van in the next few months in time for the 2013 season.
We very much appreciate the difficulties which people are facing regards employment and finances, so every penny which has been given to BAAGS is very much valued and we do respect all our fundraisers' efforts.
There have been deep soul searching moments over the past months for the BAAGS committee, and we have, at times, questioned our own selves and abilities...to everyone who has shown their support and encouragement to us through those times - Thank You - we are here to support the families who need us and your support has shown we are doing just that.
To everyone - have a great Christmas and best wishes for 2013 - thank you
Derek, Rodelle, Duncan, Hazel and Carol"
Thank you to Rob Oliver for his support and expertise in designing the literature needed to promote our Employment Project. We are immensly grateful to Rob for his advice, guidance and professionalism. -- www.thepaperchain.co.uk
Huge thank you to Emma Horne and Morisons Solicitors for the invaluable advice they have given to BAAGS members and supporters. The two events held so far in Duns and Gala have offered a few families some peace of mind and helpful information.
I would also like to add a massive thank you to Emma who stepped in at very short notice in Dumfries and gave a very informative presentation and question and answer session...the delegates were delighted with the unexpected advice, and we are indebted to you for saving the day!
Thank you so much - Derek & Rodelle
Free legal advice in Peebles for BAAGS members, click here to read more.
Details on another of our fantastic fundraisers can be found at this link.
The aim of BAAGS is to bring together employers, employment agencies, volunteer agencies, supporting agencies and potential employers to show them the skills and abilities which persons with an Autistic Condition can bring to the working environment that can be positive, helpful and insightful.
We would like to encourage all business people – regardless of size of work force, type of business or location of business – to consider employing a person who has Autism to join them.
Employment includes voluntary employment, full-time hours, part-time hours, night shift, day shift, twilight shift, in-doors, out-doors, light labour, heavy labour, computing, retailing, designing, planning, administrating, supporting, advising,…… the list is endless, the opportunities are endless.
We shall be inviting employers and potential employers to seminars which will offer a short presentation highlighting the statistics of unemployment currently held by adults with Autism, and the skills and expertise which those adults could be offering to the wide range of business opportunities there are across the Scottish Borders.
The Seminars will be an ideal opportunity for managers, staff, directors, owners and executives to network their own businesses and to meet with people who can offer support, guidance and suggestions on how valuable an Autistic person can be to their company for continued success.
We are encouraging all adults with Autism who have an interest/wish to enter employment to contact us so we can learn their skills, their interests and their ideas which we can share with those employers.
We will also be encouraging the existing employment supporting
agencies and organisations to come to the Seminars so they can
highlight their expertise and share how they would be able to
offer on-going support to an Autistic person in the workplace
if support were required.
BAAGS are delighted and honoured to have been awarded £14,500 from the Scottish Autism Development Fund. This money will be used to set up and run an Employment Transition Project which will bring highlight the positive attributes a person with Autism can bring to the Employment section of their lives. We will be inviting all employers and potential employers to attend a series of events to highlight the positivities of Autistic people and how they can become valuable employees and colleagues.
12th September 2012
You can now donate directly to BAAGS via BT's MyDonate program, simply click on this link to register and send money !
1st September 2012
Emma Horne is running the Jedburgh half marathon on Sunday 28th October 2012 to raise funds for BAAGS, anyone interested in sponsoring her can download this form to do so.
4th August 2012
We have been selected as one of the charities to be assocciated with Morisons solicitors, and they are offering to hold free consultations for carers involved in caring for persons on the autism spectrum regarding Wills, Trustteeships, Guardianships etc.
We will be organising three one day consultation days in Duns, Galashiels and Peebles later this year - this will offer a 20 minute consultation to any family who cares and supports a person on the Spectrum and who wants to secure the financial future for that person. Appointments will be required, so anyone wishing to make an appointment is encouraged to contact BAAGS in the first place.
Emma Horne will be the Solicitor who will be able to offer
some guidance and advice - http://www.morisonsllp.com/site/people/profile/emma.horne
15th July 2012
BAAGS would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who
showed their support, in kind and in donations, to our recent
store collections held in Tesco (Galashiels). Committee memebr
Duncan spent 2 days - Wednesday11th and Thursday 12th July - rattling
cans, and encouraging people to make donations towards our CARER-VAN
fund - total raised over the 2 days was £522-35 ----- WOW!!!
Thank you to everyone for continuing to sypport BAAGS and the people we aim to support and encourage.