Monday, 11 April 2011

Outside Of Animation...

Well, I think I have had my fun, and had some time to relax a bit. Now is the time for an intense animation work out!


Jokes aside, I am just working on a new tower test, similar to the one I have originally done for Smitten. The previous test was too long, and needed to be a little less pre-meditated and more careless. He should throw the chewed chicken bone out of the window without being dramatic about it. His focus is getting up that tower asap.

I also plan to character design the roast chicken. I had a delicious roast yesterday, so I feel inspired to get that done today and tomorrow.

The walk tests for the Deep have gotten some pretty positive feedback, though I feel that I should do it again properly. I have also been given some shots to do, which I need to examine properly.

Now for the main point of this blog post. Not only have I been working on animation for this project, I have also been helping Rebecca Black with some research for her project. She is producing a orporate video for a charity called "The Burgess Autistic Trust"

Since I have a brother with mild Asperges, I felt encouraged to contact her and help with getting some information about the trust. I put together some questions that I felt would get some more answers to our queries. Here they are below. (Click to enlarge)

I got some really good answers from the questions I asked. It's a little difficult for me to post everything the Trust sent me and Rebecca, but I will post a few things they sent.

Answers to E-mail

How did Trust start:
Please ensure that all future communication is in our new name of “Burgess Autistic Trust” and not “Bromley”.  Our name changed on the 1st January this year.
The Trust was started in 1981 by five Founder Trustees:
  • Janet & Bill Burgess – parents,
  • The Right Reverend Edward Holland – Vicar of St Mark’s Bromley
  • John Robinson – Director of Bromley Y – a community projects initiative
  • Margaret Keir, Secretary of Bromley Council of Voluntary Services.

At that time, people with special needs tended to be sent away to live in rural communities.  The Trust was founded with the dream of inclusion, of a house that would be a home in the local community, enabling people to live an “ordinary life”.  It was the first home of its kind in the UK and when the first house – Hamilton House – opened in 1985 there were 150 visitors from all over the UK to the open day.  There were also visitors from Japan and Canada.  It was seen as a really pioneering development, and met with much acclaim.
What service does the Trust provide for people with Autism:
Burgess Autistic Trust (BAT) is an independent specialist charity committed to improving the quality of life of people with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD). BAT has been in existence since 1981, and we provide services in the London Boroughs of Bromley, Bexley, Lewisham and Greenwich.  Through our Outreach Service, we have recently opened a lunch club in Croydon.  We offer the following services:
  • Family Service who work with over 1300 families
  • Three residential homes providing homes for 16 adults with ASD
  • Nineteen supported living houses and flats providing support to 35 people
  • A day service for adults with autism and challenging behaviour
  • Independent Lifestyles Service provides domiciliary support to around 40 adults
  • Outreach provides information and support to young people and adults who fall outside the eligibility criteria for services.  We currently support circa 150 people through our social clubs and group activities.  Numbers are growing.
NB: Please note that our numbers change constantly and so we need to agree a form of words around this.  At present we tend to say we support around 1500 people living in the area.
How would you like the Trust to be in 5 years time:
Still providing high quality specialist services to people with ASD
Greater brand recognition among the general public
Higher profile in our local community;
Additional members/supporters
Happy and dedicated working staff
New services opened in other borough
Continuing what we do now and making it even better

Would the staff, individuals with Autism and their families feel comfortable being filmed:

We would have to speak with them and see how they would feel.  It would be helpful if we could give their perspective, but will need their permission to do so.

What problems do you come across when running a Trust for people with Autism:

Funding is our major challenge especially in the current economic climate
Trying to raise awareness of ASD
Helping people with ASD to achieve the support they need from local authorities.  ASD is sometimes called “the hidden disability” because people can present themselves very well in some ways, but in fact this does not reflect the difficulty they have with understanding information or representing their needs.  We often have to support people in making claims for their benefits because they are unable to express what it is they need. 

Is there a message you would like to get across to the viewers watching the corporate video:
  • For Autism to be seen positively
  • That we provide a good service which makes a difference to individuals and families
  • That we need support from a whole range of people, and that their support really makes a difference to the people we serve
  • That together we make a strong team who can change things for the better.  

Do you help Autistic people develop life skills and, if so, how do you go about doing this:

Yes everything we do is underpinned by a person centred approach which looks at each individual’s skills, interests and abilities and helps them to achieve their full potential.  This differs hugely from person to person, but may include things like support with budgeting, travel training, domestic chores, meal planning and cooking, and creative interests, sports or hobbies.  People join clubs and we encourage ways of learning more about special interests e.g. visiting museums, art galleries, railway stations, gardening, walking, horse-riding – whatever works for them!  We also help people with employment skills, work experience or volunteering opportunities if appropriate to their needs and abilities.  We support people in their own homes or at our day centre or clubs.  We provide a full range of flexible services tailored to individual needs.

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