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

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 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!

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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!