What our members did at the TIC symposium


Bea Wood - TIC Ambassador - TedX Doncaster 2021

Some of our members have been creative in isolation

Alex's photo of his little sister

Tyler's picture of Yoda

Sam's close up of a bug on his dad's ring

Alex's beautiful picture of the sun setting

Smells like heaven

Tell us a bit about yourself:

Hi, I’m Charlie I’m 9 years old. I have 3 brothers with Tourette’s Syndrome.

Tell us about what you are doing:

I am making wax melts, scented sizzlers, carpet freshener, reed diffusers and bath bombs.

Why did you decide to do it?

I decided to do it because I love to be crafty and I love all the different smells. My house has a different scent every day. I like to make people smile and I hope my things make people smile.

How has it helped you?

It has helped me during lock down as it has given me something to focus on doing it has also helped with my maths as I need to weigh out the things I need and split the money. It also helped me with my understanding of Tourettes syndrome as I have done more research into it to try and support my brothers.

What would you say to someone else looking for a hobby?

If you want to try a new hobby just go and do it, you won’t regret it.

Why did you choose to donate some of your profits to TIC?

I chose to donate some of my profits to Tic as they support my family and my brother who have Tourettes syndrome. I am donating 50% of all the money I make to TIC
You can access Charlies wax melts here:


Tics and Guitars - Twitch

Tell us a bit about yourself:

I'm 46 and live with Tourettes all my life.
Growing up was hard... I was 14 when I got a name for my squatter. That made things worse, I lived in a time where Tourettes was not even heard off, you try explaining what Tourettes is...... When you were 14.

Tell us about what you are doing:

I've entered a competition building guitars. It's an international competition with a potentially huge platform for Tourettes awareness. I know have a youtube channel and Instagram. The whole competition is to help raise funds for those budding luthiers with training and tools to get them started. I have entered the kit build section, for me its about creating awareness not winning.
3 months ago I was sent a video about building a guitar with hand tools, from Eric, the closest I've got to a brother, we are not related, we've survived a lot together.
Needless to say I was intrigued and excited, here's something I can do as a hobby, and yes I'm good at it. I re-shaped a stratocaster for my first build. I'm taking my time with the second one,
That one is mine.... Its a 4 string fretless bass guitar.
I plan to have some give away prizes during the competition with lots of info and facts and stories of what I got up to as a kid..

Why did you decide to do it?

I am passionate about it educating people about the facts of Tourettes, what better way is there, building guitars and talking about Tourettes. A match made in heaven.

How has it helped you?

I hardly rage. Its cheaper than a therapist..lol
With every stroke with a rasp or hollowing a cavity for the electrics of a guitar, I visualize all the negative in my life falling to the floor... Where they belong.

What would you say to someone else looking for a hobby?

Join a forum. Watch as many YouTube tutorials as you can. Most importantly Don't be scared to ask for help.

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