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Alice

Alice

Name: Alice Lobb
Age: 17
Year of the Fix: 2013
Location: Redruth
Campaign: To boost the confidence of young people with autism

My older brother suffers from severe autism, meaning he requires constant care.

 

Through life, this has been difficult at times, but it has been especially difficult when I see the abuse he receives from other people.

 

But, because he cannot communicate effectively, he does not realise he is being mocked. This made me wonder - how would he cope if he could understand he was being bullied, and how do other young people with milder forms of autism survive mocking?

 

So to stop people knocking the confidence of young people with autism, I am holding a creative arts event to give confidence to young people with autism, and to show other young people that autism does not mean you deserve to be segregated, bullied, or treated any differently to anybody else.

Thank you to the following for helping me with this project:

 

Alexander Jenks

Imogen Woods

Joe Telford

Johanna Campbell

Rory Parker

Tristan Brown

The Pearl Centre (Spectrum)

The Pearl Centre is a meeting place for people with autism and their families to get information and advice on Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) and associated conditions

 

The National Autistic Society (West Cornwall)

A local hub where parents, carers and people with autism can get help, access services, support each other and meet other people and families in similar situations

 

Truro College

My college where I study, who have supported my project idea

 

Cornwall Art Therapy

Thank you to Amy Pugh who is helping with my project

April 2013

My story was featured on This is West Country. Read the article here.

 

My event was also featured on BBC spotlight. To view the video, simply click the link here.

 

Friday 12th April

My event took place at Truro Library and was attended by around 15 young people who helped create the aspiration tree.

 

Also at the event was George Eustice MP for Camborne and Redruth, and Sarah Newton MP for Truro and Falmouth. Sarah even featured my event on her website - click here to read the article.

 

George Eustice MP: 

'It’s been a fantastic project and it’s a real credit to Alice for all the great work she’s done to bring this together. She’s got personal experience of somebody with autism so is very well aware that activities like this can help build their confidence. I find it really interesting it to be here today and think it’s fantastic that a 17-year-old has taken the initiative to come up with a project like this.'

 

 

 

Sarah Newton MP:

'I was pleased to be invited to come along to see first-hand Alice’s project as a Fixer. It’s a really moving story about how she was really upset by the treatment of her brother who has autism, and how Alice wanted to do something about it. It has given the young people the opportunity to get together  and through working with art and being creative to feel safe and secure in a kind environment where they can gain some confidence. I think Alice is an inspiration – studying hard for exams but still finding time to help other people. I really hope that other young people in Cornwall will be inspired and come forward to be Fixers in their communities.'

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