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.

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

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!

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 !!!!

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.