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Closed 31/03/2019

raised of £30,000 target by 6 supporters

    Weʼve raised £290 to train unemployed neurodiverse adults in cyber security

    Worcester, UK
    Funded on Sunday, 31st March 2019

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    Only 16% of autistic adults are in full time work and this figure has remained the same for the last decade. Despite many individuals within cyber security teams having autistic traits, there is a large community of neurodiverse individuals who need additional support to train and work in cyber security. There is currently little support to develop these skills and so these individuals are out of work and often have associated issues with isolation, low self esteem and depression.

    Many neurodiverse individuals have particular skills in being focused and recognising changes in patterns which make them especially good at cyber security. However, they find it difficult to work in a typical workplace due to their disability affecting their ability for social interaction, understanding workplace ‘rules’, and coping with noise and excessive activity. In addition, many adults in this situation have been unsuccessful in getting or holding jobs in the past and, partly as a consequence, they have high social anxiety and low self esteem. Many adults in this situation would find it extremely stressful to start work in a company immediately.

    This project will be run as a safe environment focused on the needs of the trainees. By creating an environment, which is not stressful or judgmental, the individuals will be able to relax, learn and discover their potential in the field of cyber security and IT support. In addition to cyber security skills, communication and workplace skills training will be provided to help understand commercial companies. Individuals will have personal training plans and mentoring. This will help to prepare the trainees for eventual work in commercial companies and other organisations.

    Any money raised will pay rent for the facilities, computer software, travel and accommodation for cyber security trainers who will travel from across the UK to provide free training, travel expenses for the trainees to visit commercial cyber security companies and pay the manager who will run the Centre on a day to day basis.



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      • Anonymous


        Oct 17, 2018

        My son has Aspergers and this is just the type of initiative that will help people like him, to build confidence. Good Luck with it


      • Linda Ebbutt

        Linda Ebbutt

        Jul 31, 2018

        Good luck everyone - I hope this very worthy cause can raise the funding it deserves!


      • Anonymous


        May 30, 2018

        This sounds a really good initiative - I hope and trust it will make a real difference for those involved.


      • The Packet Company

        The Packet Company

        May 28, 2018

        Pleased to be able to support you


      • Steve Wilson

        Steve Wilson

        May 25, 2018

        Good luck! :-)


      • Angela Richardson

        Angela Richardson

        May 18, 2018

        Glad this great idea continues to grow. You have my full support and best wishes for a great success.


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      Emma Philpott

      Emma Philpott

      Worcester, UK

      My daughter has Aspergers and I have become involved with "Aspie" in Worcester. I am horrified at the high number of clever autistic adults who are out of work. I also work in cyber security and know that many neurodiverse people are especially skilled in this field.

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