BeyondMe

RfA provides excellent practical services for people with autism, maximising family resilience and individual independence. Come and help us improve communication with and between our team of great volunteers and staff. In doing so enable us to better measure our impact.

Resources for Autism offers practical support to the most disadvantaged children and adults living with autism and those who care for them. Our aim is to build family/carer resilience by modelling proven strategies, maximising independence for the individual and enabling those with autism to fulfil their potential within their local community.

Breaking isolation is key to our success and as such we offer ‘little and local’ provision. This means our 300+ well trained volunteers and staff rarely come to the office but work where our users live, either in small groups or at home or community settings. We cover Greater London and the West Midlands and have an extremely diverse and geographically spread team.

Currently we serve approximately 2,000 people a week but our waiting list is over 5,000. We target those with behaviour that challenges and co-conditions including mental health and profound learning disability.

Our project:

We need to communicate much better! Both internally and externally. To do that we need the help of a BeyondMe Team. We see the corporate world making excellent use of tools such as Share Point, Yammer, Planner Groups and Teams as well as Google tools. We are envious but do not have the skill or capacity to research what would be the most useful to us or how best to ‘sell’ this to a tech-shy workforce. Linked to this is our impact measurement systems which are outdated and not systematic. We have identified the perfect tool for us but do not have the capacity to set it up or help volunteers, group leaders and home support staff to use it properly. We are lucky that these tools are available to us for little or no cost but that is no use if we are unable to use them. We spend just over 3% of our income on admin and the rest on frontline services and are proud of that. These tools can help us maintain that balance.

With the right tools in place we could become much more efficient, evidence our impact and begin to expand the number of people we serve, whilst providing the best resources for our hard pressed volunteers and staff.