Enjoy a programme built around you

Our Bespoke Programmes create opportunities for young people and adults who find it difficult to cope in other settings which are more prescribed.

The Bespoke service is unique to each member, developed around their needs, abilities and their desired outcomes. Each member has their own targets which are reviewed quarterly; we encourage families and carers to have an input into these outcomes.

In partnership with social workers, families and the member we develop exciting programmes to enable growth, a sense of achievement and above all be fun!

Typically outcomes for this service are:

  • Facilitating social interaction
  • Development of fine motor skills for independence
  • Managing emotions and feelings and coping with others
  • Having involvement in the work skills programme

The programme allows for time to be involved in the café, work skills or catering services. The Community Shop gives members another exciting opportunity to develop skills and have engaging new experiences.

The service design is for young adults who find it difficult to engage in other services or our work skills programme; this could be due to complex needs, anxiety or degree of disability. We are proud that many of the members involved have a 1:1 ratio with staff, reducing to 2:1 support as they develop in confidence.

The bespoke programmes are flexible and member-led, offering a real variety and alternative to educational settings. Members have choices in their routine and learn vital skills to be able to live as independently as possible. They will learn to develop personal skills and complete everyday tasks which will make their life easier and reduce frustration and anxieties they may have.

This is the best transition I have had for a student in the whole five years I have taught 6th formers!

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

A big thank you to yourself and the About with Friends staff for another great trip! J had a fantastic time, going on the Harry Potter Studio Tour, which he had wanted to do for ages and ages.

I always have a smile on my face after a day with the members of the team. They are all individuals and each, in their own way, bring joy to my life. They are all much appreciated and I enjoy the gardening of course!

Just wanted to say a big thank you to you and everyone else that supported H on the recent trip – she had an amazing time. I enjoyed look at the Twitter feed to see what you had been up to.

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.

Over the last five years I have had a fortnightly, 2 hour designated gardening slot. I highly value your service and ethos.

To all the staff at About with Friday, I had a wonderful time with you guys, and I want to say a big thank you for looking after me. Love from K.

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!