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A Social Enterprise providing community based support for adults with learning disabilities and/or autism in the South West
White Privilege
Latest article 17 Jun 2020
White Privilege

You First is a Social Enterprise that not only welcomes and embraces difference, but celebrates it. We have a shared humanity - each of us are human beings, but at the same time each of us are uniquely different. This wonderful diversity means tha

Family Voices: Richard and Annie
Latest article 16 Jun 2020
Family Voices: Richard and Annie

From the very beginning the approach from You First management was completely different from our experience with previous care providers. We feel You First support our family as a whole, helping us live as normal a life as possible whilst our daug

Family Voices: Lyn Barraclough
Latest article 22 May 2020
Family Voices: Lyn Barraclough

My son started to receive support from You First in December 2014. Previous to this he was living in a residential setting and finding it very difficult to cope. He struggled with the noise and actions of the people he was living with. He became v

Family Voices: Sally Lever
Latest article 20 May 2020
Family Voices: Sally Lever

When my son first made the move to independent living, he was supported by a local agency that was recommended by Adult Social Care. Although they supported him well for a few years, they encountered financial and staffing difficulties which entai

Family Voices: Mrs W
Latest article 18 May 2020
Family Voices: Mrs W

What I really like about the support my son receives from You First is that it is responsive and flexible and adapts to his differing situations and needs. This is largely due to the communication system - Slack - which is shared between suppo

Family Voices: E&S
Latest article 11 May 2020
Family Voices: E&S

In Praise of You First I would like to say how fortunate we were when You First was suggested as the company to look after our relative M who was born with severe autism and learning difficulties, and has also recently been diagnosed as being

Family Voices: Patrick Matthews
Latest article 06 May 2020
Family Voices: Patrick Matthews

You First first supported my brother "I," in September 2014. Our mother Joyce had looked after I all his life and had provided a secure and loving home for him. However, Mum was not very well and was becoming more and more infirm and the

Family Voices: Helen and Malcolm Brown
Latest article 04 May 2020
Family Voices: Helen and Malcolm Brown

My two children are adults with autistic spectrum disorders supported by You First. I run a monthly support group for families affected by autistic spectrum disorders and in that capacity as I regard the company so highly, I have pointed many to Y

Meet the Team: Michelle's Journey
Latest article 27 Apr 2020
Meet the Team: Michelle's Journey

  I have always known, from a very young age, that I wanted to work in a caring profession. As I have been around a while, I remember the negative terminology and attitude towards people that had any form of disability. I rem

Meet the Team: Christine's Journey
Latest article 25 Apr 2020
Meet the Team: Christine's Journey

I chose to work as a Support Worker because I like helping people, especially vulnerable people. I grew up with a brother who had been living with brain damage from the age of 3 and as a result of this my family had support throughout my child

Jenny's Journey
Latest article 24 Apr 2020
Jenny's Journey

I have always liked working with people and wanting to try and bring out the best in them. I have many friends and we all bring each other up and help each other when were down or need anything. However, around 8 years ago I started a new rela

Kim's Journey
Latest article 23 Apr 2020
Kim's Journey

My story with You First has been a short one so far but one I see in my future for a very long time. After leaving my job back in February this year after spending two and a half years in a retail store, I realised how judgmental this wor

Meet the Team: Dominique's Journey
Latest article 22 Apr 2020
Meet the Team: Dominique's Journey

My journey to becoming a Support Worker has been a twisty and interesting one, to say the least. I started my career as a Veterinary nurse, first in Cape Town, then in London, while studying Animal Behaviour. I then did a BA in Psychology whil

Meet the Team: Pete's Journey
Latest article 21 Apr 2020
Meet the Team: Pete's Journey

I'm a Support Worker with You First Support Services CIC (remember that 'CIC' - I'll come back to that in a moment). I didn't have a midlife crisis. I didn't buy a Ferrari. I didn't take up sky-diving, or buy a vill

Meet the Team: Elaina's Journey
Latest article 20 Apr 2020
Meet the Team: Elaina's Journey

From a young age I have always wanted to work in the health care sector, I have worked in many different industries but I can honestly say none of them compare to working for You First. I have only been working for You First for a year but I have

Meet the Team: Jack's Story
Latest article 19 Apr 2020
Meet the Team: Jack's Story

I have been with the You First for nearly 5 months; I absolutely love being a Support Worker and I wouldn’t change it for anything. Before joining You First, I received a second kidney transplant, and it changed my life both physically a

Meet the Team: Colin's Story
Latest article 18 Apr 2020
Meet the Team: Colin's Story

A few years ago I lost my Mum and Dad. Dad went suddenly, but Mum had bowel cancer. I was working in production at the time and my employers were not at all understanding and in the end, I lost my job. Mum was receiving palliative care and my Son

Meet the Team: Aaron's Journey
Latest article 17 Apr 2020
Meet the Team: Aaron's Journey

In our culture, people are largely concerned with identity. 'Who you are' and 'what you do' are things people are obsessed by; which faith you have, which party you support, what work you do and what hobbies you're passionate a

Meet the Team: You First and Me
Latest article 16 Apr 2020
Meet the Team: You First and Me

By Julian Clarke (Support Worker) Having worked 26 years of my career (until 2017) within commercial companies which have financial targets and massive operations which are based purely on generating profits for businesses, a move into You

Meet the Team: Chelsie's Journey
Latest article 15 Apr 2020
Meet the Team: Chelsie's Journey

Chelsie works as a Support Worker with You First, and this is the story of her journey with the Social Enterprise: My journey with You First has been an incredible one. I cannot fault this company at all. Before this job I was going to give up

Embedding Mindfulness
Latest article 28 Feb 2020
Embedding Mindfulness

What Is Mindfulness? The NHS UK website describes Mindfulness as: "Paying more attention to the present moment – to your own thoughts and feelings, and to the world around you" In other words Mindfulness is about knowin

Valuing All People
Latest article 22 Feb 2020
Valuing All People

It is a sad fact, but a fact nonetheless that Adult Social Care has one of the highest staff turnover rates of all professions. The staff turnover rate of directly employed staff working in the Adult Social Care sector was estimated by Skills for

Happy Birthday You First!
Latest article 27 Jan 2020
Happy Birthday You First!

A personal and open-hearted reflection from Andy Robinson, CEO   Our Sixth Birthday Incredible as it may sound You First is hurtling towards its sixth birthday. Incorporated at Companies House on the 18th February 2014 as a Com

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