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.

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.

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’ve got my life back

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!

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.

AWF offers and amazing, caring, supportive group to both special needs adults/children & their families. Since N joined you he has been to some fantastic places, met some amazing friends and done activities we would never have thought he’d do. You have helped our family life improve by making N a happier, more content, confident boy.

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.

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

Having spent many years in school with little improvements in I’s behaviour and speech, in just a few weeks with you the improvements in both areas are plain to see. Please continue as you are, as life at the moment for us as a family is greatly improved because of your input.

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.