A little overdue is this news, but we warmly welcome Jane Letts to our board of trustees. This is Jane’s bio:
I grew up in Northamptonshire from an agricultural background. I enjoyed helping out on the family farm which ranged from tractor driving to bookkeeping.
Growing up I always felt a bit different to other children, and in my twenties I was diagnosed as being dyslexic and this explained some of my difficulties, but not all of them.
I studied Law at UEA, Norwich and I eventually qualified as a legal executive. Over the years I worked for local law firms. I worked mainly in conveyancing and now I am learning about private client work at a local firm of solicitors.
After going through a bit of a crisis in my life, I was finally diagnosed as having Asperger’s syndrome. I have had much support and help from Elaine and AfA. I now want to return the kindness I have received and help people affected by Asperger’s in the small way that I can.
Jane Letts pictured above.
Elaine Nicholson, Action for Asperger’s CEO took her ‘what works when counselling autistic lives‘ talk to the World Autism Congress in Houston, Texas, during this month.
Elaine Nicholson is a finalist of the Guardian Public Servant of the Year 2018 competition. Elaine said of this nomination: “I am both humbled and honoured to have been nominated and shortlisted for this prestigious award…totally unexpected, but a wonderful surprise nonetheless”. The winner will be decided by a public vote.
NB: Elaine did not win the public vote, but was nonetheless honoured and delighted to have been selected as a finalist for this prestigious award.
New trustees Jane Letts and Frances Mackenzie have been recruited this month. Their biographies and photographs to follow shortly.
We have a new trustee. Neil Bastow will replace Jo Minns. Jo is staying, but as a figurehead for ‘complaints’ only. Jo is about to embark upon a Master’s degree on top of full-time working, hence her decision to resign as trustee. We wish her well. Meanwhile, we welcome Neil to the charity. This is what Neil has to say:
My name is Neil Bastow and I’m 50 something, I live in the idyllic seaside town of Rhos on Sea on Wales’ North West Coast. I am married with 5 children, 1 still in full time education. I have been working with adults with Learning Disabilities and Autism since 2006 but have come from a family exclusively in health care. Working with Autism has been the delight of my life as I can really make a change in people’s lives whereas all preceding jobs paled into insignificance. I work for two companies, Cartrefi Cymru with who I manage houses for people with LD/Autism and for Focus Care Wales with whom I work exclusively with one man with challenging behaviour, and as the Facilitator for the Social Club for High functioning Autism and Asperger’s people. This is the arena that brought me into contact with the remarkable lady “Sonia Owen” whom you all know. My capacity is not to run the club but to be there for those times life puts obstacles in the way, that the club members are not yet equipped to deal with. I also love taking on the authorities when they play fast and loose with peoples PIP. I am also a town councillor for the Bay of Colwyn Town Council and chair the General Purpose and Planning committee. For Fun ??? I run Marathons, Half Marathons, Endurance races of most kinds with the absolute conviction that I’ll never win…Also repair cars as it was my previous life.
Thank you The Landmark Trust for giving our charity this beautiful house – Cavendish Hall – for five days gratis so that some of our adult Asperger’s syndrome clients can have a holiday. Roll on springtime!
We are now pleased to offer FREE apps for you to download. One is the Action for Asperger’s app that includes our news feeds, while the other is our GROUNDING app. The grounding app is particularly useful when an individual is anxious and/or about to go into ‘fight and flight’ mode. The app suggests some useful strategies for calming and prevention of meltdown.
On 10th June, 2016, Founder of Action for Asperger’s, Elaine Nicholson, was made an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours: http://www.northantstelegraph.co.uk/news/top-stories/oundle-woman-made-mbe-in-queen-s-honours-list-1-7425836
Elaine Nicholson, CEO/Founder/Counsellor on 9th June 2016, was awarded from the Prime Minister, The Rt. Hon. David Cameron, a ‘Point of Light’ award: https://www.pointsoflight.gov.uk/taking-action-aspergers/
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At a prestigious awards ceremony in Mayfair, London, we were awarded, for the second year running, this marvellous award. We are extremely thankful to the organisers of the Engagement and Loyalty Awards for making this possible. This was awarded for our work that is to do with reaching out to hard-to-reach clients using technology.
Halifax Giving Extra Awards Winner, Elaine Nicholson, nominated by Sonia Owen.
Elaine Nicholson appearance in Channel Five – ‘My Violent Child’ – (Tearing us apart episode).
MHPF WINNER of the personalised care and support in mental health award, judged by TLAP, and awarded to Elaine Nicholson, who received the award on the behalf of Action for Asperger’s, at The Oval, London, on 22nd April, 2015. The award was in recognition of the impact of personalisation in transforming an individual’s support and was awarded to AfA for our work in providing a bespoke 24-hour accessible support to people with, and those affected by autism.
ENGAGEMENT AND LOYALTY AWARDS WINNER
At a grand ceremony in The Millennium Hotel, Mayfair, London on 30 April 2015, Action for Asperger’s won the Award for the best engagement project in the not-for-profit sector for our use of technology in the therapeutic setting; transforming lives affected by autism.
After years of behind-the-scenes working, we are delighted to have our work recognised this way, and hope that such recognition will encourage potential funders to come forward to help us to take our award-winning work upwards and onwards.
AfA is also Charity of the Year 2015/16 for BNI Synergy, Peterborough. We are proud and pleased to have been nominated by this BNI chapter.
19 July, 2013: Elaine Nicholson, CEO, ‘Highly Commended for Disability Awareness (Alumni of the Year) 2013’ from Leicester DeMontfort University.
Above: Elaine pictured with DMU Vice-Chancellor Professor Dominic Shellard
30th April, 2012: at the Pride in Peterborough Awards, Elaine won Carer/Health Professional of the Year Award 2012
Elaine pictured with Antony Cotton, receiving her award at The Pride in Peterborough Awards evening sponsored by the Evening Telegraph and Costa. Beautiful glass trophy and certificate for this category sponsored by Coloplast.