I can’t remember if I’ve already told you about the two computer related activities Robert is currently involved with.
If I have, then just ignore this post and go and make yourself a cup of tea.
You might want to do that anyway.
If not, then I’m not sure why I haven’t written about them before since they are between them two of the most successful activities Robert has been lucky enough to take part in.
Actually I’ve just done a quick search and realised I did write about one of them back in June. http://sidewayslearning.com/looking-for-different-and-finding-it/
What I didn’t do was to follow it up and tell you how Robert was getting on there.
So just to remind you, Pass IT On is a fantastic charity which accepts donated computers, renovates or rebuilds them and then either gives them away to disabled people or sells them.
Robert joined them in August as part of his work experience…experience, and has been thoroughly enjoying his time there ever since.
So far he has helped take old machines apart, put new ones together, assess whether parts are working or not and lots of other things too computery to go into here.
He has also chatted and laughed and generally enjoyed socialising, in his own quiet way. Being around just two or three other kind people talking about the thing he loves most in the world is pretty much the perfect activity for him, apart from PC gaming anyway.
The added bonus is that Robert often comes home clutching a little piece of computer technology, either too damaged or too old to be of any real use, but of great beauty and significance to him.
It’s more than great to see how much he gets out of these sessions.
Having found this place for Robert over the summer we were feeling pretty happy with how things were going for him and then we heard about Remade.
Remade is also a local charity. It started I believe as a drop-in place for people to learn how to repair and recycle their stuff. Sewing classes are on offer and folk are encouraged to bring along clothes or other items in need of repair instead of throwing things away.
And then just a few months ago they started a drop-in computer repair evening and workshops advising and assisting in basic repairs to computers, laptops, phones etc.
We discovered these had started from Flora who now runs the social club James still goes to. She contacted the chap who runs the computer repair events and Robert was invited to go along to see what they did there.
He now spends one evening a week helping with repairs and learning a lot about it all from Sotiris the computer engineer in charge. They seem to get on very well and Robert comes home with yet more wee gifts of spare parts to add to his collection.
How amazing, after searching for so long for the thing that would be good for Robert to do, to then find not just one but two amazing places filled with amazing people where he can relax, chat about computers to his hearts content, learn his craft and socialise in a safe and understanding environment.
Long may they both continue.