Silent Auction Fundraiser

The Highland One Stop Shop service user’s fundraising group have organised a silent auction to raise funds for us.  A variety of celebrity autographs have been donated along with some pictures and books also autographed.  If you would like to bid please follow the link below for more information on how to place a bid:

You will also find this information on our facebook and twitter pages if you have difficulty opening the attachments.

Building Update

Following on from the news that Albion house has been sold, we would like to share with you that the new owners have now given us notice that our lease will be terminated on 21st October 2017. The team have already been searching for alternative accommodation for The Highland One Stop Shop, and we will continue to do so. Ideally, we will find a suitable alternative which can house the range of Highland One Stop Shop services within the next two months, but we will also look for a contingency option of office space in the interim until we find something more suitable. We remain committed to the provision of a One Stop Shop in the area and will keep you updated on any developments.

HOSS Funding Update

HOSS Funding Update

We want to reassure everyone that Autism Initiatives are committed to the continuation of the Highland One Stop Shop.

We will remain open after 1st April and are delighted that we have raised funds towards this year’s funding as well as having a financial contribution from NHS Highland.

We do still have a deficit and we are confident that we will raise this during the year. We continue to apply for funding through various avenues and our JustGiving page has already had donations which will go towards our continuation. We will also continue to fundraise locally throughout the year.

On behalf of the staff team and Autism Initiatives we would like to thank you for your support.

New Book – Deferred Sunlight – Illuminating Ways through the Darker Times

**********Exciting news!**********

New coping strategies book written by an autistic woman for autistic people! Deferred Sunlight: Illuminating Ways Through The Darker Times

 

 

A service user at the Autism Initiatives Highland One Stop Shop based at Albion House in Inverness has published a book of coping strategies based on her life experience as an autistic person. Written under the pen-name “Katherine Highland”, this book is intended to help other autistic adults and also to raise funds for the one stop shop; over £2 from each Kindle copy bought on Amazon or paperback copy bought on the printers’ website Lulu will go to support the Highland-wide work of this vital service.

Topics covered in this book include: general coping strategies; travelling; working; redundancy; moving house; going to meetings and appointments; dealing with feelings and emotions; claiming benefits; supporting someone else.

There is also a paperback version available on Amazon; sales of the paperback on Amazon will raise approximately 70p each for the one stop shop. The price of the Kindle version is £3.99; the paperback is £6.99 plus postage and packing. Amazon third party seller prices vary.

Copies of the paperback will be available at Albion House and at various autism related open events in the Highlands for a suggested donation of £5.

Click here to order Amazon Kindle edition: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01HBD9W5M

Click here to order Lulu paperback edition:

http://www.lulu.com/shop/katherinehighland/deferredsunlightilluminatingwaysthroughthedarkertimes/paperback/product22749947.html

Anthology

Calling all young writers.  Are you aged 12-25? Would you like to see your work in print?

In 2016 we are producing an anthology of writing by young people from the Highlands.  We’re looking for short stories, poems, song lyrics, essays or plays.  Art work, photography or graphic novel contributions are also welcome.

For full details of how to submit your work and entry guidelines visit www.moniackmhor.org.uk/anthology or email anthology@moniackmhor.org.uk

Fundraising at Albion House

   

As you may be aware we rely on funding to continue providing the services we are currently offering here at HOSS and because of this we have to try to raise some funding of our own. We have begun making handcrafted Christmas cards and decorations to sell to friends and family for a suggested donation of £1 per card, if you would like to show your support by purchasing some cards. We also have some Autism Initiatives Christmas cards which are in packs of 10 and cost £4 per pack. Please speak to Jeni or Kirsten if you would like to know more about how you can help us.

 

Pre-diagnosis Drop-in

This is a new drop in for those that are on the Diagnostic Waiting List or considering an assessment. This will be held monthly and the first session will be on: Monday, 15th June from 1—3pm.

Contact a member of staff for more info.

 

Raising awareness and funds for Autism Initiatives HOSS

Service user and volunteer Cal has produced a booklet based on a project she set up last year, sharing positive thoughts on autism every day. She has decided to sell copies of this booklet to raise awareness and funds for HOSS to coincide with “World Autism Day”which is on 2nd April. Please speak to Cal or a member of staff if you would like to purchase a copy. It will be available to buy from April 2nd.

 

HOSS offers Adult Diagnosis Group

The Adult Diagnosis Group is for people who have had an autism diagnosis and would like to know more about their condition.  The group runs for an hour each week for 9 sessions and each session covers different topics; sensory issues, childhood, education, mental health, lifestyle, communication, relationships and employment. People can come for all of the sessions or just attend those of interest. This group is presently being facilitated by Andrew Denovan, on Wednesdays from 4pm – 5.30pm.  If you are interested in attending or would like more information please contact Andrew on 01463 717649 or email andrew.denovan@aiscotland.org.uk