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A Social Enterprise providing community based support for adults with learning disabilities and/or autism in the South West
Social Enterprise Day 2019
Latest article 21 Nov 2019
Social Enterprise Day 2019

#WhoKnew? #WhoKnew is the hashtag for Social Enterprise Day, which is Thursday 21st November 2019. That's actually today! The hashtag seems appropriate because, well – who knew? What is Social Enterprise? Social Ente

Community Connections
Latest article 24 Oct 2019
Community Connections

You First is a Social Enterprise, formed as a Community Interest Company that exists to support people with learning disabilities and/or autism to build and grow their lives. Through the use of community assets and bespoke Micro-Teams that people

M's Journey
Latest article 24 Jul 2019
M's Journey

M is a lady with complex autism, acute sensory sensitivity and bi-polar disorder. Andy (You First’s CEO) and Nathalie (Operational Director) have known her for over 30 years and both will tell you that knowing and working with M is a privile

Don’t Ignore the Soft Outcomes
Latest article 24 Jun 2019
Don’t Ignore the Soft Outcomes

This week, Elly, fulfilled one of her life goals – to drive a tractor. She did more than drive a tractor actually, she spent time ploughing a field bringing together her love of vehicles and enjoyment of land-based activity (she has a flouri

“It’s the Little Things – Innit?”
Latest article 07 May 2019
“It’s the Little Things – Innit?”

Emma is a work colleague and today she was telling me of the excitement and sense of achievement she felt upon installing an outside light for the first time over the bank holiday weekend. “I know it sounds daft, but I was so excited! It&rsq

What is Social Enterprise?
Latest article 27 Feb 2019
What is Social Enterprise?

Why Social Enterprise? I have recently graduated as an Associate Fellow with the School for Social Entrepreneurs and I wanted to share with you my understanding of Social Enterprise and why it is so important to me. When I formed You

Employee Experience
Latest article 17 Jan 2019
Employee Experience

The quality of support experienced by people who use You First is intrinsically linked to the quality of support experienced by the people working for the organisation. It is an undeniable reality that the quality of staff supervision will dictate