About us About us Who We Are Our Story ECO Work-Shop CIC is a not-for-profit, community interest company, set up in 2013. Work-Shop came about when three mothers of adult children with learning disabilities, met for a coffee to discuss their frustrations and fears about the future which awaited their children. The parents were appalled to discover the lack of purpose awaiting their children and other disabled adults. To prevent wasted lives, Work-Shop set out to improve the well-being and lives of learning disabled and/or autistic adults. We support and encourage those who attend to achieve so much more than they ever believed was possible! Learning diverse new skills through stimulating and varied work activities, participants become part of the adult workforce. Building on the skills gained from education, Work-Shop carefully extends each participant’s abilities by tailoring the activity to each person’s level, gently and steadily supporting the increase in skills required to complete each task. By joining the conversation of work, our participants become included in the adult world, and the combination of personal success, regular social interaction and motivation creates fulfilment. Ethos and Values We believe... adults with a learning disability or autism have a right to live purposeful, stimulating and active lives. We Create... an inspiring work environment through a diverse range of activities promoting inclusivity in the workplace. We Discover... opportunities to take part in productive, quality work, through ambitious projects, providing personal growth and development. Meet our Directors Suzanne Morrison - Like many parents of young people with autism or a learning disability I was anxious about how my son’s life would be occupied after he left the sanctuary of education. Fear and the belief an alternative service would be valued locally, prompted a meeting with two like minded mums. This conversation triggered the creation of Work-Shop. Work-Shop is now a joyful network of participants, families, incredible staff and volunteers and supportive business partners. It is a delight to be involved. Witnessing the ongoing skills development and achievements of participants is a privilege. Previously I worked in health and education. I am married to Fin and we have adult children, Cathy and Cal. Catherine Adams - Seven years ago I was invited to meet over coffee two other mothers of son with learning disability and autism. We were concerned about the lack of purpose awaiting our adult children after they completed education. From this meeting Work-Shop was born. Being involved with Work-Shop is very important to me. It has been a privilege to help the service grow and to witness the amazing achievements made by our participants working with our wonderful staff. Prior to Work-Shop I worked in legal roles. I am married to John, who enjoys regularly volunteering with Work-Shop and we have 4 wonderful adult children Paul Weaver - Strategic Director: has a variety of different business qualifications including a Masters in Business Management and a Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing. Paul acts as a "critical friend" to the other directors and is concerned with the strategic and direction of the company. He also provides IT support for the ECO Work-Shop to ensure compliance with current regulations.