Creating opportunities and support for people with learning disabilities to live the life they choose.

Our Vision

  • To continue to be the organisation of choice for our members and always be led and supported by a team that passionately believes in them.
  • To support members in having every opportunity to develop all skills and confidence possible so they can live the life of choice.
  • To fully involve our membership every step of the way and to stay flexible and responsive to members needs and wishes – so that we remain truly member led.
  • To have informed Trustees making informed decisions. A skilled and enthusiastic team all singing (or at least warbling) from the same hymn sheet.
  • To ensure the right training for all members, staff and volunteers.
  • To work to ensure financial sustainability throughout all service and continue planned sharing of resources for best value.
  • Good financial planning for the future.
  • To meet all areas of Charity Governance, Health and Safety and to remain aware of Government policy and priorities.
  • Steady growth of well-trained enthusiastic volunteers, supported by Volunteer Coordinators.
  • To continually listen, adapt and develop to provide supported living accommodation, community outreach and bespoke services that fit our member’s needs.
  • Work as advocates for our members as needed and teach self-advocacy skills.

Our Aims

  • Support members in making real friendships.
  • Provide real work opportunities for our members.
  • Provide members with real choice to the skills they develop.
  • Support people to live independently in their own homes.
  • Provide a range of fun planned activities which allow families/carers respite.
  • Listen to feedback from members and families and respond.
  • Integrate individuals with complex needs into the About with Friends family.
  • Value our staff, Trustees and volunteers.

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 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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.