BAAGS - NEWS

 

 

6th June 2017

2nd SEPTEMBER EVENT JUST GOT BIGGER !!

Our fundraising event on 2nd September just got bigger and better, with the news that DYNAMIX DUO will be supporting headline act THE FLOOD.

 

2nd May 2017

THE BREATHER-VAN

We are raising funds to buy the Breather-Van - an 8-berth static luxury caravan to be based at Tweedside Park in Innerleithen, near Peebles, offering serenity, rural pursuits such as walking, cycling, historic places of interest. It is aimed more towards the older children and adults and offering a choice of respite. We hope to purchase the Breather-Van in the summer of 2017 - all donations and fundraising efforts are focused on reaching our target of £28,000.

 

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.

 

7th January

2016 Caravan availability updated.

 

4th December

Details of our big fundraiser happening in April 2016 are now available online.

 

18th June

New training / seminar event added, 27th October"Education, Relationships & Sexuality" - more information here.

 

18th June

New fundraising event added, 11th July "The Boyds" JB Function Room, Berwick Rangers FC - more information here.

 

30th May

Our 2015 chairmans report is now on line. Click here to read it.

 

29th January

Full details of our evening music event is now available on our fundraising page. Get yourself along, it promises to be a good night.

 

19th January

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.

 

8th January

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 !

 

20th December

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.

 

10th December

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

 

 

10th November

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 !

 

 

29th October

To learn a lot more about BAAGS, please download this PowerPoint presentation

 

23rd October

Loom Bands are now available in our shop - check it out here.

 

15th October

Feedback from our course on 14th October "Serious Sex Issues" is now available on our training and seminars page.

 

2nd October

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.

22nd September

New seminar coming up on Wednesday 3rd December, see our training and seminars page for details.

 

1st September

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 for details.

 

28th August

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.

 

24th August

Feedback from our events held on 9th July and 19th August is now on line on our training and seminars page here.

 

1st July

Our chairmans report 2014 is now available to read, you can do so by clicking here.

 

23rd March

Feedback from 18th March seminar on line, and details of new seminar in September. Both on our Training & Seminars page.

 

19th February

Check out our fundraising page for Dan's marathon, you can now donate to us via BT My Donate.

 

19th February

Dan Regan is running the Brighton Marathon on April 6th 2014 to raise funds for BAAGS, more details here.

 

29th January

New question and answer seminar added, please see our Training and Seminars page for details.

 

 

7th December

New training conference added, please see our Training and Seminars page for details.

 

5th November

Please view the following feedback documents from the employment seminars in Peebles. Also, please view this chart of feedback from all 3 events.

 

21st October

"Life behind a glass wall" seminar is coming up in November, see our training and seminars page to get more information.

 

25th September

Feedback from seminar available to view.

Please view the following feedback documents from the employment seminars in St Boswells and Berwick.

 

 

25th September

Feedback from seminar available to view.

Please view the following document, detailing feedback on the recent Dean Beadle / Lynne Moxon seminar.

 

 

31st July

Information and Advice for emplyers booklet.

BAAGS are pleased to make available, this leaflet offering invaluable advice for employers, available here.

 

 

22nd July

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.

 

24th June

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.

 

 

 

10th June

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 baagsmail@yahoo.co.uk

 

6th June

Our chairmans report for 2012-13 is now available to read by clicking here.

 

6th April

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.

 

29th March

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 University.

 

 

11th March

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.

 

 

8th March

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.

 

 

4th March

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.

 

 

2nd February

Are you interested in joining the BAAGS committee ? If so, please fill in this form and send it to us.

 

 

10th January

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.

 

27th November

COLD CALLERS - please download our notice to deter cold callers coming to your door.

 

16th November

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 pictures.

5th November

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"

1st November

Employment Project flyer now available to download via the site. It is in 2 parts, click here to download the front, click here to download the back.

 

19th October

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

 

 

19th October

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

 

 

19th October

Free legal advice in Peebles for BAAGS members, click here to read more.

 

 

9th October

Details on another of our fantastic fundraisers can be found at this link.

 

9th October

STATEMENT

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.

 

9th October

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.