Katie Tuynman

Volunteer Co-Ordinator

 

After studying Media, Film, Photography and Drama at Paston College, Katie moved to London to study and received a BAHons in Theatre, Drama and Performance Studies. She later moved back to Norfolk working her way to duty and general manager at many different pubs and hotels around Norfolk.
Katie had always wanted to teach people with learning difficulties so made the leap to a change of career and started working at Hall School. Later moving onto Woodfields School and then About with Friends; starting as a Support Bespoke worker before her current role as Volunteer Co-Ordinator

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.

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.

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.

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!

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

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.

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 !!!!