Melanie Minns

Workskills Administrator

Mel started at the beginning of the year and is really enjoying the job so far. In her own words ‘the team and the members have been friendly and welcoming and each day is so different from the next.’
She came from a background of horticultural therapy having ran garden centres staffed by adults with learning disabilities, and even had a period of time having fun doing garden makeovers for the BBC. In her earlier career she worked as a freelance photographer and stylist and as a learning support assistant at further education venues in these subjects.
For the last few years she has had administration jobs within the NHS and worked part time gardening, keeping her interest in horticulture going. She is thrilled to work alongside adults with learning disabilities again and has met some fantastic people.

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!

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.

I’ve got my life back

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.

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

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.

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

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 !!!!

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.