Dreamstore started the year early with a training day for coaches working in the voluntary sector in Scotland. Organised in collaboration with Angling for Youth Development around thirty coaches and a number of volunteers attended a rewarding day looking at ‘Event Planning’, the ‘Challenges of Autism and Aspergers’ and ‘Telling Others’.
Event planning is often daunting when staring at a blank piece of paper. David McNair, one of Dreamstore Academy’s lead Tutors, brought ideas on making the approach to event planning simple and straightforward. In this short video following the event, David picks up on the main theme of his workshop:
John Brooks is a Special Needs teacher and has a son with Aspergers. He brought some practical guidance to the challenges of autism and aspergers, and some helpful advice for the coaches and volunteers on how to be positive in their approach. John recommended a number of useful links on the subject including the National Autistic Society: Accept difference – not indifference and a video explaining 10 Things Every Child With Autism Wishes You Knew. We had a bit of sound problems and promised to share this later. So here is My life With Asperger’s Syndrome.
Dreamstore’s David Hoey ended the afternoon session with a short presentation on the key points to include in a blog post or press release: basically the who, what, why, where and when of any activity.
Thanks to AFYD for organising lunch and venue and to the Jeanfield Swifts JFC Perth for the use of their Club room.