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. You can view the survey results and final report on Work4ME’s Research page.
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. Read Shona’s story.
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 enterrprises were invited. The event was hosted by the Stirling Institute for Socio-Management at Stirling University Business School who were instrumental in evaluating the project from its inception to its launch as a functioning consortium co-operative.You can read a news article about the Work4ME launch here.
As of September 2012, the LTCAS funding came to an end and Work4ME continued as a sustainable social enterprise offering business services to charities, social enterprises and third sector organisations.
In 2017, Work4ME converted from a co-operative to a Community Interest Company (CIC).