Nicola Cummins

Workskills Administrator

Nicola has worked for most of her career in the voluntary sector including ten years as Marketing Officer at  Break Charity, six years as Volunteer Co-ordinator at Priscilla Bacon Lodge hospice and seven years as Administrator for the National Trust on the Isle of Wight. Nicola volunteered for AWF in an admin/fundraising role in 2016 and subsequently joined the staff team as Workskills Administrator in January 2017.    She says she has worked alongside some amazing, inspiring people over the years – members, patients, families, carers and colleagues and feels very lucky to continue this at AWF

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!

After 30 years of trying to get P engaged in activities, he is now, under your care, beginning to grow like a great Oak tree.

I’ve got my life back

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.

Just a short note to thank you all for your help with our daughter. she has spent many years at school with little improvement in her behaviour and speech, yet in just a few weeks she has been with you guys the improvements in both areas are plain to see.

I am not sure what the different methods used are but please continue as you are, as life at the moment for us as a family is greatly improved because of your input.

We are very aware of her complex needs and how she can change like the wind but we will continue to enjoy the fruits of your labours.

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 !!!!

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.

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.

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.