Our Workskills members wanted to get involved and give back to their local community, so we created the Community Friends programme. This gives our members a valuable opportunity to serve their local community whilst bringing a wealth of experience and skills to local projects.

This enables our members to:

  • Provide volunteer labour for local Community projects
  • Make regular visits to residential homes to ‘befriend’ isolated individuals
  • Run a weekly disability club for those with a learning disability who live in residential homes
  • Run weekly lunch clubs for older people

You can contact us to find out how About with Friends can assist you with a local community project, event or club.

When do we do it

Most of our befriending visits and clubs take place during weekdays but most fairs and festivals are at weekends. Our teams are happy to respond to any request and will be as flexible and accommodating as possible.

What does it cost

Most of our community work is voluntary  but when there is weekend work for festivals etc. we would expect our costs to be covered for transport, staff support and for any other ‘out of pocket’ expenses. These costs would be discussed and agreed on an individual event basis.

Contact our Community Support Team

Tel: – 01263 510105
email – jamiemoses@aboutwithfriends.co.uk

Just a short note to thank you all for your help with our daughter. she has spent many years at school with little improvement in her behaviour and speech, yet in just a few weeks she has been with you guys the improvements in both areas are plain to see.

I am not sure what the different methods used are but please continue as you are, as life at the moment for us as a family is greatly improved because of your input.

We are very aware of her complex needs and how she can change like the wind but we will continue to enjoy the fruits of your labours.

About with Friends and you particularly, have done some great work with excellent outcomes for D. I was particularly pleased to hear that you are working on integration with the Youth Group as I felt he would miss out on peer interaction if he didn’t come to college.

Many thanks again for J’s lovely break in Derbyshire with About with Friends. He really enjoyed himself, had loads of fun and told us all about the cable cars, stepping stones, cinema, meals out, etc.! We would be very grateful if you could pass on our sincere thanks to all the staff who organised the holiday and supported our youngsters to enable them to have such a wonderful time. We are also very grateful as we, ourselves, were able to enjoy a short break in Paris, which was wonderful and recharged our batteries!

Thank you for taking K to Milton Keynes on holiday, it made her extremely happy. Selfishly, it gave my wife a much sought after period of respite after 16 years of constant care.

I just cannot thank you enough for taking K my daughter so that she could have fun with her friends on holiday in Milton Keynes, […] it made her extremely happy.

Selfishly for me it gave my wife a much sought after period of respite exhausted after 16 years of constant care. Complete respite is dependent upon the knowledge that your child is in safe professional caring hands. The ‘about with friends’ staff impress me because they display such enthusiastic vocational attitudes towards their care.

It was a massive decision for his family to make and by choosing AWF it means they trust totally in the service. I am of the opinion that AWF is the only provision in the county for D and he is very happy to attend.

After 30 years of trying to get P engaged in activities, he is now, under your care, beginning to grow like a great Oak tree.

I haven’t seen D for ages and he looks like a new man . The stress has gone from his face – he looks great Well done !!!!

I’ve got my life back

We cannot tell you what AWF means to us as a family – a lifeline, a light in the dark. Something that has offered our daughter equality, to have a social life and really support us as a family.