What is The Bigger Picture?
The Bigger Picture programme supports young people with Autism and their families through the transitional period from education into life after school and beyond. Through the Bigger Picture we will work with you in a way that suits you best, so that you create an individual plan to empower and support you to move forward in your life.
Throughout the Bigger Picture you will be supported to develop a core support team under the guidance of the Shirlie Project. The aim is for this support to be in place for the long term, thus reducing the stress for immediate family members. The Shirlie Project will assist you to take control of your own future by creating a tailored plan, then putting in place the support network of your choice to make your ambitions and dreams a reality.
Who can apply?
What can you achieve?
By participating in The Bigger Picture programme you will:
- Create your own action plan for when you leave school
- Develop your support network to help you move on from school.
- Increase your confidence
- Have an understanding of your own skills and abilities
This quote is from Karen Smith, Support for Learning teacher at Culloden Academy explaining why the Bigger Picture works when many other interventions don’t.
‘Being a programme for young people is for me a big part of its success. All too often we have Solution Focussed meetings and Transition meetings about young people and although there is every effort made to get young people involved I never really feel we get there in the way that we should. The Bigger Picture allows the pupils to take more ownership of their plan and even gives them the confidence to be able to talk and be part of meetings with a better understanding of pathways that might be ahead’.
Could I get a training allowance?
If you are still in school when taking part in the Bigger Picture you will continue to receive either child benefit or EMA if you are eligible.