For our Adult services we like to adopt the moto “my life, my choice”. We put our adult members first in everything we do, building activities, events and opportunities around what they want.

We offer adults (anyone over the age of 18) the opportunity to do the things they want to do. We like to think of ourselves less as disability support, and more about enabling people to lead the life they want.

During the week we run evening activities that range from pub nights to drama club, bowling to meals out and lots more in between. At the weekends might visit theme parks,  go swimming, see live music events, enjoy nature days,  participate in sports and visit the theatre.

But we don’t stop there. We offer a wide choice of respite breaks and holidays throughout the year. You could have a local weekend in Great Yarmouth or venture further afield to Skegness or the Lake District. Once a year we go further afield for a break in the sun, visiting somewhere like Spain.

Deciding what you’re going to do and when is easy. Every two months we’ll send you a list of all the social activities available to you and you get to choose which ones you take part in. That way, you know you’ve got two months of socialising ahead of you!

Our adult services aim to:

  • Build and maintain friendships
  • Support integration into community environments
  • Provide a wide choice of activities, opportunities and breaks
  • Create an inclusive environment for all abilities
  • Achieve and celebrate goals together
  • Maintain confidence and skills to use in everyday life
  • Encourage a healthy, active and fun lifestyle

You can access our adult services through:

  • A referral from your social worker
  • Contacting us directly

Our adult services are priced by the hour and depend on the level of support that you will need. This ranges from Level 1 (low level needs that require little assistance in enjoying a social life and minimal support with money and safety) to Level 5 support (someone with very specific needs and challenging behaviour where there might be a risk of theft, self-harm, absconding or a serious medical attention).

How you can pay:

  • Using a personal budget or direct payments.
  • Your social worker can directly commission hours for you to spend with us.
  • You can use your own money and fund yourself.

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.

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.

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

I’ve got my life back

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 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.

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 !!!!

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.