“16% of autistic adults in the UK are in full time paid employment, and only 32% are in some kind of paid work.”

Good Ideas 2020 has now concluded and after the Edinburgh Social Innovation Showcase, run online due to the COVID-19 outbreak, we have 11 new social innovators working hard to make an impact. Let us introduce you to the Edinburgh Class and opportunities to work with them to deliver social change.

Each Class member has a unique request. A specific ask that, if fulfilled, will help them make a bigger impact in this next stage. Read on to find out if you can help Callum make change. 

Now more than ever, it is important that we come together and do what we can for the greater good. Social innovators grab this challenge with both hands, gearing up to bring something new and positive into the world. Good Ideas provides the structure, tools and space required  to turn ideas into impact, the rest is up to the hard working social innovators.

Among these people is Callum Nevett, the founder of Ram and Boar Books – a physical bookshop that will employ and offer volunteering opportunities to people with Autism.

Misunderstood and Undervalued / The Problem 

Autistic people tend to often feel misunderstood and undervalued, and they struggle to get into and then stay in employment. The National Autistic Society ran a study which found that on average, only 16% of autistic adults in the UK are in full time paid employment, and only 32% are in some kind of paid work. This is usually not due to an inability of people with autism to perform job tasks, but more due to the environment of the typical workplace and the tax that can have on their mental stamina. The vast majority of autistic people are not being offered job opportunities that suit their needs. 

Ram and Boar / The Solution 

There is a lot of overlap between fantasy fiction readers and autistic people. Callum believes that this is because of the escape these books offer from the everyday stressors of the real world that they face. Through Ram and Boar Books, Callum is creating a physical bookshop, where they can bring together a team of autistic people who love fantasy books. Together they will create a workplace specifically catered for autistic people, in which they can feel safe and comfortable enough to improve their confidence, communication and workplace skills. Callum wants for this community to be able to show their passion and knowledge to the customers in this shop, and through this demonstrate to the world, and to themselves, that they can be understood and that they have value. 

Callum’s vision for Ram and Boar Books is to be a relaxed and stable workplace that will improve mental health, provide a sense of purpose and help for autistic people in Edinburgh into a community of people with similar issues, values and passions. 

Writing the Story / The Asks 

Callum is looking for support and guidance in getting Ram and Boar Books funded and up and running.

If you want to enter the game contact Callum at [email protected] and follow Ram and Boar Books on Twitter.

Can you work with Callum to #HelpMakeChange?

Callum  is one of our many wonderful Alumni doing good things with his Good Idea. If you would like to support Good Ideas to help others like Callum please let us know.

Any questions? Get in touch! 

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