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

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.

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.

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 !!!!

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.