myVoice is a youth volunteering project being run by Ambitious about Autism with support from the Department of Health. Desinged for young people with autism aged 16-25, myVoice is all about giving you the skills you need to become active citizens in your own community. If you want to help other young people with autism navigate the world by sharing your experiences; help local authorities make their local services more inclusive; meet new people and gain great experience on your CV then myVoice is for you.
myVoice has three volunteering roles available:
Have you thought about trying a supported internship?
Ambitious College is working with the Whittington Hospital and DFN Project Search to offer supported internships from September 2019.
Supported internships are courses aimed at young people, aged 16–24, who have an education, health and care plan and who want to move into work and need extra support to do so.
This is an exciting opportunity for young people who are eligible to learn a wide variety of skills ranging from housekeeping and computers and IT, through to kitchen assistant and lab work.
You can find out more by downloading our factsheet for interns and parents.
Supported internships are a great opportunity for young people with autism to combine work with their education. Benefits of a supported internship include:
- learning new skills that could be used in future employment
- building confidence and life skills
- increase social networks
How do supported internships work?
Ambitious College will work with the Whittington Hospital to support interns develop workplace skills. The role will be based at the Whittington five days per week for the academic year.
Supported internships also benefit employers to learn what young people with additional needs can contribute and achieve.
Who can apply?
- Are you 16 – 24 years old?
- Do you have an education, health and care plan?
- Are you interested in moving into employment?
If you answered yes to the above, please contact us to find out more.
Find out more
If you would like more information about supported internships with Ambitious College and Whittington Hospital, please contact: Ravy Sarin Busbridge at email@example.com with the subject line: Supported internships or download our factsheet for interns and parents.
Want to be part of an amazing event and help change the lives of young people and children with autism?
The Ambitious about Autism Schools Trust Board of Trustees has overall responsibility for the governance of the Trust. It consists of individuals who have the skills, competencies and perspective we need to govern the organisation.
Lesley Longstone, Chair
Lesley has many years' experience at very senior levels in the public sector, both in the UK and overseas. She has been a member of the Department for Education Board, initially as Director General with responsibility for young people, working with the Home Office, Ministry of Justice, police and Youth Justice Board to deliver positive outcomes for young people. She then moved on to lead the change programme that among other things, saw the successful delivery of the Academies programme. Lesley's career before then included several years working for the Employment Service, an arms-length body of the Department for Employment. She spent time working in New Zealand as the Chief Executive of the Ministry of Education.
Neil had a highly successful 40 year career in the Leisure and Hospitality industry. Since 2014 he has followed a portfolio career focussed on his keen interest in promoting Social Justice through equal opportunities in Health, Housing and Education. He is Chair of Clarion Housing, the UK's largest Housing Association, Chair at Nottingham Trent University and Chair of the Finance Committee at healthcare charity Sue Ryder, in addition to his work with Ambitious about Autism.
Jolanta is currently Chief Executive of Ambitious about Autism and the Ambitious about Autism Schools Trust as well as the Accounting Officer for the Trust. She also Chairs the Autism Education Trust, a not-for-profit programme funded by the Department for Education to improve educational access, experience and outcomes for children and young people with autism. Her career includes Director roles in national voluntary sector organisations, including I CAN (which ran three non-maintained special schools) and the Governance Hub (a national body set up by the Cabinet Office to support the governance of the third sector). She is a parent of a child with special needs.
Bruno has 19 years’ experience of financial analysis. He is currently Fund Manager at Morgan Stanley Investment Management, formerly as Equity Analyst covering financials at Sanford Bernstein and Management Consultant at Boston Consulting Group. He holds an MBA from INSEAD.
Charlotte has a background in NHS management and private sector commercial negotiation, along with an MBA from INSEAD. Charlotte is parent of a child with special needs and was the parent lead for establishing The Rise School.
Lucy has over 20 years’ experience working in schools and educational management. This includes working in special education and with children from 4 to 18. Lucy has worked for local authorities and within an academy chain. Currently, she is employed by the Tri-borough Education Service working with schools in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC), London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham (LBHF) and Westminster City Council (WCC). Lucy is also a qualified Ofsted inspector and has co-authored the LDA book, Assemblies to Teach the Golden Rules.
Joanna was part of the initial proposer group for The Rise School. Joanna is a corporate lawyer and is also a Trustee of The Foundation Years Trust. She is also involved in various outreach projects in East London.
Elizabeth is a recently retired Ernst & Young (EY) partner. She graduated in Mathematics before qualifying as a Chartered Accountant. She moved overseas after qualifying, returning to the UK in 1986 when she joined EY. In her career with EY she was an audit partner on a wide range of FTSE listed clients. She has lead Initial Public Offerings (IPOs), bid/defence work and large fraud investigations. She also held various management roles most recently being responsible for Risk Management in the assurance practice for the UK and Ireland. She is a Governor of Cranleigh School where she is a member of the Finance, Strategic Planning and Risk Management committees.
Maria Chambers has been seconded to the Ambitious about Autism Schools Trust as the Director of Education.
Paul Breckell, Director of Strategy and Transformation and Chief Financial Officer for the Trust
|Lesley Longstone||Chair||Appointed 1st April 2017|
|Elizabeth Stanton||Appointed 1st April 2017|
|Neil Goulden||Appointed 28th September 2015|
|Jolanta Lasota||Appointed 18th December 2012|
|Bruno Paulson||Appointed 18th December 2012|
|Charlotte Warner||Appointed 18th December 2012|
|Lucy Nutt||Appointed 29th June 2015|
|Joanna Healey||Appointed 23rd November 2015|
Members of the Trust
- Ambitious about Autism
- Chief Executive Officer of Ambitious about Autism
- Chairman of Ambitious about Autism Trustees
- Chairman of the Ambitious about Autism Schools Trust
The Ambitious about Autism Schools Trust was established by Ambitious about Autism as a Multi-Academy Trust (MAT) to own and manage our free schools. The Trust shares Ambitious about Autism's vision and mission.
Vision and mission
Our vision is a world where the ordinary is the everyday experience for children and young people with autism.
Our mission is to make the ordinary possible for children and young people with autism.
The Trust is led by an experienced team of people passionate about enabling education to transform the life chances of children and young people with autism.
We welcome opportunities and partnerships to achieve our aim of more children and young people with autism accessing high quality education and making outstanding progress.
If you are interested in setting up a school for children and young people with autism, please contact us. We are looking to work in partnership with local authorities and stakeholder groups which share our values and goals. We are looking for partners who:
- have a shared vision about supporting children and young people autism to learn, thrive and achieve;
- can demonstrate the need for a special free school in their local provision and;
- are willing to work with us through the various stages of development, aided by our support, resources and educational expertise.
We are also interested in talking to schools supporting children and young people with autism who want to consider partnership working or are seeking support to develop their provision.
Please contact us.