Matthew Smith

Matthew is Business Manager for Sheringham Woodfields School, a complex needs school on the North Norfolk coast which has links with About with Friends.

He supports the Sheringham Cluster with all aspects of the SEND administration of countywide funds. The Cluster is made up of Sheringham High, Sheringham Primary, Holt Primary and Kelling Primary Schools. He is Director of The Patch community smallholding based on the campus of the three Sheringham schools and company secretary of Trust Norfolk SEN. He also heads up the administration and management of School 2 School Support, an outreach service provided to all mainstream schools within Norfolk.

Matthew works closely with North Walsham Town Council and is currently trying to improve the play provision within the town. In his spare time he loves gardening, cooking and enjoying much needed time with his wife and 18-month-old son.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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 !!!!

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.