How many times have I mentioned the words 'I' 'want' and 'job' on various different blog posts and elsewhere? Since 2008, I've applied for every suitable job I could find. But somehow they all fell through. Someone was always ill, or I messed up the interview, or I was too old, or any one of a million other reasons.
Well I've got a job now.. And after a gap of four years it's really quite scary. And it's going to be a bit crazy as there is a major launch on Thursday. Oops, that's tomorrow.
I'm going to be working from home with the team from Irish Autism Action and Hearts and Minds to help UK children with autism, by promoting a scheme to convert old phones into new technology: it's the IAA iPad scheme going international!
The idea is very simple: collect old phones and exchange them for a new iPad or an iPod touch or even a laptop.
This hugely successful scheme has benefited more than 1000 families in Ireland as well as raising funds for the charity.
It all began with the iPod touch and the iPad and the realisation that these devices could transform the lives of children with special needs, and especially children with autism. As well as entertainment and education, these iDevices can be used for portable communications using Apps such as Grace.
But you don't need to have a child with autism to get involved as the scheme is open to all families and schools as well.
I am *hoping* that the scheme will be as successful in the UK, but I'm going to need lots of help. And that's where you all come in. I would really really appreciate some more likes and followers for the Facebook page, Hearts and Minds, and the twitter account @handmchallenge. Prizes may be involved - details to follow - but only if you are a UK resident, over 18 and not a bot!
So now that I have a (very) part-time job, will I have time for a personal blog too? Watch this space..