AJ & Friends Associated Charity
Reg Charity Number: 1180852
AJ and friend’s association provides stay & play sessions for children with life limiting conditions & complex additional needs. We call our service users V.I.Ps.
Our care service provides high quality care packages bespoke to the child. Our person centred approach allows staff to care for the V.I.P with an empathic understanding & humanistic values at its core. We specialize in setting up personal health budgets to pay for care here. This empowers care givers with choice & offers flexibility to the family unit. We can support in times of crisis & can offer overnight respite. We can help manage appointments & be a supportive ear at multi agency meetings.
Beverley Williams, the manager of AJ & Friends leads an enthusiastic, caring team to support families during difficult times & the good! Staff are fully trained, qualified & have an abundance of experience in delivering complex care. Ventilation, epilepsy, oxygen therapy, suction intervention & paediatric resuscitation are just a few examples of the skills staff possess here. The caring nature of the team mean children are safe, happy & care givers trust that the most preciouses part of them is going to enjoy their time with the staff at AJ and friends.
Staff access places that are equipped to facilitate the children/young persons needs such as hoist/changing tables. They access the play sessions to allow social interaction.
We promote positive mental health to care givers by offering counselling & well-being groups. This can be offered to siblings also. Our advocacy service supports care givers at difficult appointments and can accompany them to meetings when needed to provide support. Our crisis care offers support when a child is in hospital allowing care givers time to go for a break, a shower, sleep or tend to other siblings at home. We will provide a friendly face to advocate for the child in the care givers absence.