Your Space Team
I had worked within the care sector for over 18 years, supporting and teaching a range of individuals with varying learning differences, and also both adults and children on the autistic spectrum before setting up Your Space. I recognised a huge gap in services for children and young people with autism within the North East Wales region, and used my professional experience to set up a once weekly club initially based in Black Park , Chirk.
From there on, the charity has continued to deliver and expand its services.
I am driven by the need of the families I meet and the children give me the inspiration to make things happen. They continue to teach me so much and I strive for them to feel empowered, accepted and awesome!
I started at your space when my 2 eldest children, who are both autistic, had grown up and no longer needed my attention. The main reason for joining the team was to support others, as I didn’t like to think of others feeling as alone as I did when the children were younger.
Your space has given me so much: support, focus, ways to cope with situations but has also given me the ability to help others deal with their issues.
Seeing the difference in families once they have come to us gives me a great deal of job satisfaction and I am proud to be a part of a team that makes a difference.
I started working at Your Space in early 2013. Supporting children and young people with autism and related conditions had been something I had always wanted to do. I currently support and lead on certain club sessions.
Even though my role can be challenging, the rewards are greater!
It is fulfilling to see our service users, who are all amazing individuals; participate, engage and socialise in the sessions and grow in confidence.
I am passionate about my role and this also gives me the drive to encourage other individuals/students to work in this area.
I starting volunteering at Your Space when I was 15 years old and have recently become a paid activity worker. I volunteered in Your Space for 11 months before my paid position and I feel it has made my confidence grow lots!
I have had experience with Autism before Your Space, one being living with my Autistic Uncle. Autism is a unique condition and affects each individual differently and Your Space has really opened my eyes about different traits of the condition. You never know what to expect from the moment you walk into each session and I wouldn’t have it any other way, I always walk out of each session feeling rewarded and feeling I have made a difference to at least one person’s life.
I have had Autism and ADHD training, social skills training, epilepsy training, mental health awareness training, safeguarding and I have also learnt simple Makaton. I have just left school, gaining 14 GCSEs from grades A* to B and I am currently studying A level, biology, chemistry, psychology and Welsh Baccalaureate at college. I am looking to go to Liverpool John Moores University in 2020 to study forensic anthropology and still work at Your Space at holiday club. I joined Your Space to expand my knowledge on Autism and other conditions and I feel the children need support like Your Space give. I feel what the Your Space team does as a whole is amazing and I am honestly proud to be able to say that I am part of that team. I am one of few people who say they enjoy going to work.