In June 2013 a grant of £13,000 was awarded to Autism Initiatives, a charity which provides specialist support services to people with autism across the UK.
The grant funded the fit-out of the MeCycle project in Ainsdale, Merseyside. MeCycle is a social enterprise café on a cycle theme which aims to provide experience and training in shop keeping and hospitality skills to adults with autism and Asperger’s syndrome. Through their sustainable business model, MeCycle helps improve employment prospects for these adults, as well as increasing inclusion in the wider community.
The MeCycle social enterprise is an example of the type of grassroots project that the Wolfson Foundation supports through the Health and Disabilities grant programme. We are particularly keen to encourage applications in the area of learning disabilities and mental health.