Spectrum Enterprises CIC
We are a social enterprise
working in the North East of England
Enriching the Working Lives of Autistic People
A recent survey conducted by the National Autistic Society found that only 16% of autistic adults are in full-time work and overall only 32% are in some kind of paid work in the UK.
Sadly this figure has not changed in the last decade. The majority of autistic people lose their jobs because they cannot fulfil their role struggle to thrive in an office culture.
Yet, 77% of unemployed autistic people do want to work.
There was clearly a need for an organisation that can help and support autistic individuals into self-employment or those in employment and this is where Spectrum Enterprises comes in.
We have a network of specialist mentors who are developed by us to support autistic people.
— Our Mission
As an organisation, our mission is to support autistic people in their workplace or into self-employment, so that they live a more enriched life.
— Our Vision
After meeting with the autistic person we seek to find out about their passions, skills and talents. We then match them up with an experienced and autism focused business mentor or job coach so that they become increasingly confident in their own abilities.
— Our Story
Spectrum Enterprises was set up as a Community Interest Company in 2015, by Pamela Lawrence MBE, to provide assistance for people with autism across North East England. In that time, we have successfully provided training and support helping many autistic people to become self-employed, boosting their income and self-esteem.
WHO WE ARE
Pam Lawrence MBE: Managing Director
Spectrum Enterprises CIC is run by Pam Lawrence MBE, who has worked alongside autistic people and people who have learning disabilities her whole working life.
Pam focuses on a persons strengths, special interests and ambitions, and matches them with a suitably experienced mentor or job coach.
Those business mentors or job coaches are paid for through an Access to Work grant. Pam says “Access to work funding can fit flexibly around someone’s working week. The mentor or job coach provides ‘just the right level of support’ for the person to succeed.”
Paul Davies: Chairman
Paul works as a freelance facilitator, coach and organisational change consultant. As well as working as an associate for some organisational change consultancies.
He is also presently a non-executive director of a large UK charity where he has been innovating ways to involve people in the running of the organisation.
In the past, he has worked across health and social care in local government, the third sector, the NHS and for the English Department of Health.
Academically, Paul has completed postgraduate study in action research and has two Masters degrees in public service management; and in organisational consulting and change. He has also had considerable training in facilitation and coaching approaches.
Malcolm Osborne: Director
Malcolm as an autistic man diagnosed at 52 years of age, with a daughter 21, diagnosed with Asperger syndrome at 10 yrs of age. Professionally, he was formerly a Registered Nurse and served in the Army medical services as a Commissioned officer.
He is passionate about supporting individuals and families in seeking, entering into and keeping employment. He has a vested interest both as a parent, a Chair of a support group and as a Director of Spectrum Enterprises to campaign for, highlight benefits and promote always the qualities that Autistic people can bring to the workplace.