Work4ME is a consortium co-operative championing the cause for self-employment for people with long-term conditions. Its members comprise professional people from diverse industries who have come together to find a solution to their work/life balance - offering a range of services which are performed by members on a flexible basis, allowing them to work from home. Their areas of activity cover: Marketing; Personal Development; Training; PR; Project Management; Research; and Transcription.
The Work4ME project was born out of research commissioned by LTCAS (now The ALLIANCE) and carried out by SKS Scotland from 2010-11, into the experiences of people living with ME-CFS and the challenges they face with employment and managing their condition.
As a result of the research, LTCAS granted SKS Scotland a year’s funding to develop the ideas that emanated from the study and to pilot a project that would enable people with long-term conditions to participate in self-employment.
Shona Sinclair, founder/director of SKS Scotland, who herself has a long-term condition, is a champion of self-employment. She, together with the eight volunteer founder members of the group are passionate about the benefits of self-employment and self-management.
Work4ME had its official launch in June 2012 with an event at Stirling University’s Enterprise Zone, to which a number of charities and social enterprises were invited. The event was hosted by the Stirling Institute for Socio-Management at Stirling University Business School which was instrumental in evaluating the project from its inception to its launch as a functioning consortium co-operative.
As of September 2012, the LTCAS funding came to an end and Work4ME now intends to continue as a sustainable social enterprise offering business services to charities, social enterprises and third sector organisations.
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