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You First Support Services CIC

At a time where the media is full of the abuses experienced by vulnerable people, it’s good to be able to report on a new, creative and innovative care organisation. 

Registered by the Care Quality Commission You First Support Services is a Social Enterprise which has been established to support adults with learning disabilities to live in their own homes within their own locality and to experience the rights, freedoms and responsibilities that active citizenship brings.

People who use You First Support Services are the architects of their own support, telling the organisation the days and times they would like help and You First Support Services works with them to ensure that this is what happens.  It’s great to see that power genuinely lies with the people using the service.

Andy Robinson, founder and executive officer of You First Support Services said, “We operate outside the traditional and restrictive care model as we do not believe in a ‘one size fits all’ approach. Each care and support package should be as unique as the person receiving it.”

Rather than maximising profits for shareholders a Social Enterprise is an organisation that exists to maximise outcomes in terms of social value for the community and the environment. You First Support Services works to see the learning disability community empowered to bring about the social changes the community wishes to see for itself. Profits are reinvested in the learning disability community to enable this.

You First Support Services has a clear Social Mission:

• Reduce social isolation • Strengthen social and informal support networks • Maintain important family contact and engagement • Promote autonomy and community involvement • Support the development of meaningful roles in the local community • Deliver services at a time, in a place and by the people of the individual’s choosing • Promote engagement, enablement, opportunity and progression.

You First Support Services also has a firm commitment to its staff. It is a Living Wage Employer, has a robust training strategy and has a staff Occupational Pension scheme.

You can find out more about You First Support Services on their accessible and interactive website: www.youfirstsupportser – Telephone: 01935 823718 – Email: info@youfirstsupportser