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Getting Ready For Work Feb 10, 2020 - Podcast Episode 76 For many young people with additional needs finding a job can be incredibly challenging. It takes planning and for most requires them to go way outside their comfort zone. This week’s guest Dr Michael Reiter runs work… Continue reading… Planning A Future Without You Jan 27, 2020 - Podcast Episode 75 If not now when? Planning for the future can be scary for anyone but it’s especially hard when that planning is for a young person who we know will face any number of challenges as they navigate… Continue reading… Managing Mental Health Jan 13, 2020 - Podcast Episode 74 We all appreciate the importance of good mental health but sometimes lack the toolbox and even the support to consistently achieve it. This is often the case for young people, particularly those with an additional need. In… Continue reading… Learning to Relax Dec 16, 2019 - Podcast Episode 73 Emotions are part of being human. But for many of us there are times when we wish we had better tools to manage our emotions. This can be especially true for young people with additional needs who… Continue reading… Attracting The Best Person For The Job At Specialisterne Dec 2, 2019 - Podcast Episode 72 Everyone has unique skills; everyone is a specialist in something. This is something this week’s guest Thorkil Sonne from Specialisterne understands completely. Specialisterne translates from Danish as “The Specialists” is an organisation focused on helping young people… Continue reading… Flipping The Switch At Spotlight Brewing Nov 18, 2019 - Podcast Episode 71 Sometimes it’s the small ideas that can have the biggest impact and this is certainly the case with this week’s guest Ric Womersley from Spotlight Brewing. Ric founded Spotlight Brewing to make great beer whilst providing genuine… Continue reading… Promoting Collaboration At Yoocan Nov 4, 2019 - Podcast Episode 70 We can sometimes feel that we are alone in our journey but often by simply looking around we realise we are not. The focus of this week’s podcast, Yoocan proves this in the way they provide an… Continue reading… Seeing Below The Surface Oct 21, 2019 - Podcast Episode 69 Accepting ourselves by embracing our strengths and understanding our weaknesses is key to our own happiness. How to do this is the theme of this episode with Alis Rowe founder of The Curly Hair Project. Alis… Continue reading… Stay Up Late Oct 7, 2019 - Podcast Episode 68 One of the best things about becoming an adult is that no one can tell you what to do, when to do it and what time to be home. However, that’s not always the case for young… Continue reading… Increasing The Options With Scope Sep 23, 2019 - Podcast Episode 67 Did you know what you wanted to be when you grew up? Most of us didn’t but we figured it out along the way because we were given opportunities for part-time work or work experience. For many… Continue reading… Taking Off The Mask Sep 9, 2019 - Podcast Episode 66 It’s fine to be aware and even try and understand autism but actually what matters most is acceptance. This is the view of Kieran Rose, also known as The Autistic Advocate. Kieran has autism so he… Continue reading… Finding The Right Fit Into Work Jul 22, 2019 - Podcast Episode 65 It's not only about finding work, it's about matching the skills of the person with the job. This is the view of Derek Groves, from Employment Futures, who discusses the idea of vocational matching and the many… Continue reading… The Able Workers Jul 8, 2019 - Podcast Episode 64 What next? is a question we constantly ask ourselves as we help our young people navigate through the education system. As they get older and age out of the system, this question becomes more urgent and… Continue reading… Like Minded People Who Think Differently Jun 24, 2019 - Podcast Episode 63 Finding a supportive safe space for our children to have a variety of social experiences is so important. In this episode, we hear about CASPA which is providing that space and doing a whole lot more.… Continue reading… Adding New Dimensions At Spectrum Designs Jun 10, 2019 - Podcast Episode 62 Only successful organizations can provide sustainable, long term paid employment and expand to provide more job opportunities. This weeks guest Patrick Bardsley and Tim Howe from Spectrum Designs certainly understand this. Spectrum Designs is a social enterprise… Continue reading… Why Reasonable Adjustments Are Just That May 27, 2019 - Podcast Episode 61 We all understand why work is an important step toward independent living, but all to often the employment opportunities are limited for young people with additional needs. This weeks guest Pascal Fintoni is not only helping… Continue reading… Building An Integrated Future On Main Street May 13, 2019 - Podcast Episode 60 For most of us being part of a community is essential for our wellbeing and often starts where we live. This week’s guest is Jillian Copeland from Main Street, an organization not just building a community but actually… Continue reading… Be More Kind To Yourself Apr 29, 2019 - Podcast Episode 59 Accepting ourselves and being more kind to ourselves are the themes in this episode. Anna Pinkerton from Kindness Incorporated talks about her personal and professional journeys and how she has combined them to help her daughter… Continue reading… Collaborating For The Future Apr 15, 2019 - Podcast Episode 58 Any journey is made easier by walking with others. That is the focus of this episode - the impact of collaboration with, in this case, the theater as the space where the collaboration starts In this… Continue reading… Flying High With Pegasus Feb 18, 2019 - Podcast Episode 54. All around us are people working in their local communities to make the lives of young people with additional needs better. This weeks podcast guest Sue Clark is one of these people. Sue talks about her work… Continue reading… People Not Profits At Impacting Lives Feb 4, 2019 - Podcast Episode 53. Getting to know any young person is the essential first step in understanding what they need when it comes to helping them achieve greater independence. This is the core ethos of this week's podcast guests Trudy… Continue reading… The Support Group Experience Jan 7, 2019 - Podcast Episode 51. At some point in all of our journeys, we need support. Some of us find it in family and friends, others look to support groups. In this week's podcast, Elaine Kelly, who runs a support group, talks… Continue reading… 50th Episode Celebration Dec 17, 2018 - This is a celebration episode, celebrating reaching 50 episodes, celebrating all the amazing guests who have been on the podcast and are out there changing the lives of young people and helping ensure that they will have the kind… Continue reading… Carving Job Opportunities at Pure Innovations Nov 26, 2018 - Podcast Episode 49. Job carving can help create sustainable employment opportunities according to this week’s podcast guest Neil Willows from Pure Innovations Neil is the Assistant Internship Contract Manager at Pure Innovations which is based in Manchester in the UK.… Continue reading… Tennis As Therapy With Love Serving Autism Nov 12, 2018 - Podcast Episode 48. Tennis, because of its repetitive nature, is an excellent therapeutic tool which can develop not only physical skills but also builds language and social skills, according to this week’s podcast guest Lisa Pugliese, from Love Serving Autism.… Continue reading… Be The Light Oct 29, 2018 - Podcast Episode 47. The job of a parent is to be there whatever and whenever for your child – those are the rules! That certainly applies to Claire Sutton, this week’s podcast guest. Claire shares her truly inspiring, but… Continue reading… Invictus Enterprises: Building The Steps Into Work Oct 15, 2018 - Podcast Episode 46. What happens to young people with additional needs when they finish full-time education? How will they find employment? How will they cope on their own throughout adulthood? One organization helping to provide some of the answers… Continue reading… Team Domenica – Supporting Success In The Workplace Oct 1, 2018 - Podcast Episode 45. Successful sustainable employment opportunities for young people with additional needs comes when support is provided for not just the young person but also for their employer too.This is the message in this week’s podcast with Lisa… Continue reading… Using Storytelling To Build Self Worth Sep 17, 2018 - Podcast Episode 44. To truly learn, it has to be caught rather than taught is the mantra of this week’s podcast with Diane King, author, and special needs teacher. One way to do this and at the same time… Continue reading… Yes She Can Inc. Sep 3, 2018 - Podcast Episode 43. “Whether you think you can or whether you think you can't, you're right,” according to Henry Ford: this week's podcast guest Marjorie Madfis clearly believes this to be true. With Yes She Can Inc., Marjorie has not… Continue reading… Wake Up To Sleep Aug 20, 2018 - Podcast Episode 42. Do you need more sleep because your child needs more sleep? Maybe this weeks guest can help.Vicki Dawson is the CEO of The Children's Sleep Charity and helped write the Children and Young People’s Sleep Manifesto… Continue reading… Living With Dyspraxia Aug 6, 2018 - Podcast Episode 41. What is Dyspraxia? If you don’t know or if you do and want to know more this week’s podcast is for you. My guest, Christine Draper has written a book called My Friend Josh has Dyspraxia to… Continue reading… The Shed – Providing A Space For Change Jul 23, 2018 - Podcast Episode 40. Everyone needs a Shed – a place to go, to be. But this Shed is much more than that,it is a space for people with additional needs to build independence and work skills and engage with their… Continue reading… Project Search At The Marriott Jul 9, 2018 - Podcast Episode 39. Work is central to most of our lives. It not only provides a purpose to our day but also makes us feel an integral part of the society we live in. In this week’s podcast we… Continue reading… Stepping Back – Part 2 Jun 25, 2018 - Podcast Episode 38. Friendships and purpose are two of the most important things to have in our lives. For young people with additional needs finding these can sometimes be a challenge. In part 2 of Stepping back Milla Johnson,… Continue reading… Stepping Back – Part 1 Jun 11, 2018 - Podcast Episode 37. The challenge of stepping back and letting our children take risks and make mistakes is never easy. How to deal with this challenge is the theme of this week’s podcast where I speak to Lisa Campbell, a… Continue reading… Planning Ahead May 28, 2018 - Podcast Episode 36. Planning ahead helps us reach our goals, and although we can’t prepare for everything, a plan gives us a general direction to travel and can even help us identify a final destination. In this week’s episode, we… Continue reading… Enterprising Ideas At Acceptable Enterprises May 14, 2018 - Podcast Episode 35. A social enterprise must first achieve success as an enterprise before they can deliver on any of their social objectives, that is the message from this week's podcast guest David Hunter. David is the CEO of Acceptable… Continue reading… Letting Go Apr 30, 2018 - Podcast Episode 34. The term 'letting go' means different things to different people. Sometimes as parents we have to let go of our own expectations of what our children's lives will look like.This was the case for this week's guest… Continue reading… Providing Opportunity Not Charity Apr 16, 2018 - Podcast Episode 33. One day soon people with additional needs will be valued as contributors to society and not just as passive recipients of social care, that is the vision that Matt and Steve from bemix (formerly Skillnet Group)… Continue reading… Having A Sense Of Control Apr 2, 2018 - Podcast Episode 32. The best way to boost the self-esteem of our children is to let them have their say, give them a voice and help them to feel a sense of control, according to Soli Lazarus this week's podcast… Continue reading… Friendships Matter Mar 19, 2018 - Podcast Episode 31. "We all want friends, a misconception about people on the spectrum is that they don't want friends"Jamie Wheeler tells us in this week's podcast. Jamie runs Austen's Autistic Adventures, based in Richardson, Texas, a social group… Continue reading… It’s All About The Beer @ Ignition Brewery Mar 5, 2018 - Podcast Episode 30. It is possible to create a viable business while employing people with additional needs and this week’s podcast guest proves that. Nick O'Shea is the founder of Ignition Brewery in London, a successful business employing people with… Continue reading… Seeing Clearly With Antonia Chitty Feb 19, 2018 - Podcast Episode 29. Being able to see properly can really transform a child's life according to Antonia Chitty. As a qualified optometrist and author Antonia is passionate about getting all children’s sight checked. She explains that many parents feel daunted at… Continue reading… Finding A Common Language Jan 15, 2018 - Podcast Episode 28. Being listened to and being understood are important to us all, but this can be difficult when you struggle to find a common language. Language is the way we communicate and if you can’t communicate with others… Continue reading… The L’Arche Community Dec 4, 2017 - Podcast Episode 27. Feeling like you belong to a community and being accepted for who you are is important to all of us. This week we talk to James Cuming, Community Leader, at L’Arche Kent who explains how L’Arche provides… Continue reading… Kiwi – A Step Dad’s Story Nov 13, 2017 - Podcast Episode 26. Being a step parent brings with it some unique challenges. In this episode, Rob Step Dad to two boys one, Thomas, who has autism and ADHD, talks about his experiences as a stepdad. The first challenge for… Continue reading… Keep Calm Be Prepared Oct 30, 2017 - Podcast Episode 25. When faced with a storm the key is to stay calm and get prepared for whatever it might bring. Sometimes dealing with the system and fighting for your child with additional needs is like sailing into a… Continue reading… Making Sense Of It All Oct 23, 2017 - Podcast Episode 24. Most of us go through our day unaware of how our brain is continuously filtering everything our senses are picking up. This filtering means we are only left with the information we really need and we don’t… Continue reading… Shared Lives Oct 9, 2017 - Podcast Episode 23. Independence can be reached in many ways. Shared Lives in the UK offers one approach to help people with additional needs develop independence focused skills based on a holistic approach. This week we talk to Karen from… Continue reading… The Able Label Sep 18, 2017 - Podcast Episode 22.There’s a solution out there for every challenge, including finding clothing designed to make getting dressed easier. This week we talk to Katie Ellis, from The Able Label, a UK based clothing manufacturer. The company was originally started… Continue reading… Hang in There Sep 11, 2017 - Podcast Episode 21. Not giving up, hanging in there – is the theme of this week’s podcast interview with Carmelina. She shares her journey with her son Dominic with us. Sometimes picking your battles is the key, as small things… Continue reading… Realising Every Dream Sep 4, 2017 - Podcast Episode 20. REDinc offers a model worth replicating when it comes to helping young people achieve their work related dreams according to Mitch Halligan Work and Training Coordinator at REDinc. REDinc. is based in NSW, Australia, and was originally… Continue reading… Be Brave Aug 28, 2017 - Podcast Episode 19. You need to be brave and a bit terrified at the same time when it comes to building independence skills, according to Robyn in the second part of her son’s story. The key is to not underestimate… Continue reading… Get Your Cranky Pants On Aug 21, 2017 - Podcast Episode 18. You need to focus forward 100%, and not waste your energy looking backwards, according to Robyn. Robyn lives in Sydney with her son Riley, his younger brother and her husband. She talks about the early years, finding… Continue reading… A Lasting Interest In Sport Aug 14, 2017 - Podcast Episode 17. Finding an interest as child, such as in sport, can lead to a lifelong passion that lasts right through adolescence and adulthood, and provides a strong connection to a community and a focus for life. This is… Continue reading… At The Beginning Aug 7, 2017 - Podcast Episode 16. Everyone’s journey is very different but sometimes listening to someone else’s journey can help us on our own way. This week we talk to Carol, mother to Leo, about her and her family’s journey with him. His… Continue reading… Believe Jul 31, 2017 - Podcast Episode 15. The earlier you know what you’re dealing with the easier it is to seek out the right support and put in place the right plan, this is the opinion of Scarlett mother of Edith. She believes her daughter… Continue reading… When To Take The Stabilisers Off Jul 24, 2017 - Podcast Episode 14. Knowing when to take the stabilisers away, and not just on a bicycle, is key to moving towards achieving an end goal.This is the view of Jackie, mother to Joe who has additional needs, including a speech… Continue reading… Happy Holidays Jul 17, 2017 - Podcast Episode 13. Holidays are a time to relax, rewind and recharge, but more often than not they end up being less about fun and more about stress. Vicki, an experienced travel consultant, shares tips for making travel less stressful.… Continue reading… Building Resilience in the Forest Jul 10, 2017 - Podcast Episode 12. The forest is a great place to learn about ourselves as well as the rhythms of nature, according to Laura Ashfield an outreach worker at the Surrey Wildlife Trust. More than this, she passionately believes the forest… Continue reading… Long Term Goals Built On Small Steps Jul 3, 2017 - Podcast Episode 11. Andy, father to a son with ASD and ADHD, takes a strategic view of independence, rather like a business plan. Because he does this, he and his wife have a clear vision of what they hope their… Continue reading… Perseverance Pays Off: Part II Jun 26, 2017 - Podcast Episode 10. Proof that perseverance pays off is shown by Jacob and Sarah as Sarah explains the second part of Jacob's story: leaving school. Jacob has ambitions to work in the music industry, and is currently holding down a testing… Continue reading… Perseverance Pays Off: Part 1 Jun 19, 2017 - Podcast Episode 09. With perseverance many great things can be achieved. Sarah is living proof of this with her son Jacob, who has Asperger's. In this two part podcast we will hear how Sarah guided Jacob through school and gave… Continue reading… Finding Fashion That Works Jun 12, 2017 - Podcast Episode 08. Matching clothes to the occasion is a challenge for us all. This week Elika Gibbs, owner of Practical Princess, is here to help. She professionally advises her clients on fashion and the organisation of wardrobes. Elika introduces us… Continue reading… Ace That Interview Jun 5, 2017 - Podcast Episode 07. Preparation and practice: these are the keys to interview success. This is the advice from Sam, an experienced HR director, who this week shares her expertise on how to not only survive the interview but how to… Continue reading… We Are Family – Sibling Relationships May 29, 2017 - Podcast Episode 06. Sibling relationships are never easy, especially if one sibling has additional needs. This week I talk to Julie, a mother of 2 children, about her experiences and the challenges. She talks about the tactics she uses to… Continue reading… House To Rent, No Experience Required May 22, 2017 - Podcast Episode 05. Independent living means having your own place to live. Finding that place isn’t always easy. In this episode Julia, a landlord who is renting out a property to young people with additional needs, tells us why. We… Continue reading… A Brush with Authority May 15, 2017 - Podcast Episode 04. Hear a former police officer talk about how to deal with authority in a more positive way. Ian is an ex-police officer who dealt with incidents where young people with additional needs were involved. He saw how… Continue reading… Building Social Skills May 8, 2017 - Podcast Episode 03. Hear from Emily Hughes, an expert in developing social skills, about the tools and tactics that can be used to help develop social skills. Learn how important it is to ask the right questions and not just… Continue reading… Growing Up With Asperger’s May 1, 2017 - Podcast Episode 02. Hear a Mother talk about how she helps her son, with Asperger's, navigate the challenges of growing up. Thoughts on how to deal with managing friendships and finding common interests to encourage those friendships. Tips on dealing… Continue reading… The Ark Project May 1, 2017 - Episode 01 of the Journey Skills Podcast. This week we talk to Hester the founder of the Ark Project. Based in the South of England it helps young people with additional needs develop practical work skills. Show Notes [00.45] -… Continue reading… Introducing the Journey Skills Podcast May 1, 2017 - Listen to the first episode of the Journey Skills Podcast - the podcast for parents of young people with additional needs. Each week we interview someone who is helping young people develop their independence skills. Review on iTunes If you… Continue reading…