"Support with Personality"
"Even when I'm not in a good mood, I always come home from an aebal session with a smile on my face!"
"aebal really does stand alone from any other service I've seen."
Carers Trust Charity
"My son’s been with aebal for about 6 months and since starting there’s been a huge difference in his quality of life - and through that ours also. Initially our son took some persuading to find out more, but immediately after meeting up with Jason he wanted to have a try – and now he wouldn’t miss it for the world. It’s not just what they do but the fact that he feels so comfortable with all the staff.
Before he would never have gone out in the evening or at the weekend – but now he has done both. I think we are so lucky to have found this service." Parent
"Before accessing aebal my son was depressed, unsociable, angry and isolated. Jason and his team have been the only ones able to get him to engage willingly in community activities and with other people. This service has made such a difference to his life and is so important to him." Parent
"We tried lots of difference services but aebal was the only one that really worked for my son. The one to one support is fantastic and the sessions are always based around his interests. Great value in all senses of the word. Could not ask for anything better." Parent
"Your mission statement is perfect and I love your approach. It is unusual to witness such a high level of understanding and it is exciting for me to meet like minded people and a truly impressive practice like yours."
National Autistic Society
"I would recommend aebal to any user. They truly care about my son and I can tell how much he enjoys it by the way he talks about the activities and about Jack and Jason!" Parent
"aebal enable my son to do activities he would never normally try. He's come on so much in self-confidence since he has been going out with aebal. They are great at what they do." Parent
"I've been longing for a service like this to come along. The social dynamic of young men helping young men to do physical activity is just what my patients need."
"I have to say aebal has been great. It's the first time in years I feel as though I have some help supporting my son." Parent
"aebal has been amazing for my son! Great ideas and great support!" Parent
"This service is really different and really great. They have staff who clearly love what they do and this positivity is carried into all the activities they provide!"
"I have been canoeing, hiking, snooker, swimming, driving range, squash, badminton, gym, pool, cycling, archery and I'm trying cooking this week!" Client
aebal was established in 2012.
Founded by support workers, we are reinventing the image of social care through the creativity of our support and our approach to employment.
We have a very clear ethos and set of values which are embraced and embodied by everyone who represents the service.
Click here to meet the team!
All the activities and opportunities we provide are 100% in the community and as inclusive and mainstream as possible.
We support in small groups and on a one to one basis, without the need for day centres.
We try to be extremely proactive and imaginative with the activities we source and the venues we use.
The sessions are all about finding the right social dynamics and social settings so that everyone feels more confident, accepted and independent out in the community.
Through positivity, understanding and often humour! we have been aebal to provide the foundations for people to start believing in themselves more, to try activities they would never normally try and to gain a real sense of belonging.
All our staff love what they do and have bundles of personality! They are all active and enthusiastic people with their own interests and life experiences.
We encourage them to share these interests whilst being open to learning about (and often trying!) the passions and hobbies of the people they support.
We believe it should always be a two-way exchange like this.
The last thing we want is for people to feel we are only there to look after them and to achieve a set outcome.
The aebal approach to support is to be there with the person, not for them.
We pick people up for sessions across the whole of Nottinghamshire and also parts of Derbyshire, but the activities themselves are often further afield.
Many of these sessions are delivered in the evenings and at weekends which is when we think people can often feel the most isolated.
We all need interests and activities outside of typical working hours which is why the service really works!
"At the point aebal started supporting my son, he had become very isolated, wasn't open to suggestions, wouldn't discuss anything and didn't want to take part in activities with others.
Rather than just give up on him, the staff at aebal have worked with my son's social worker and us as a family to support him to lead a fuller life.
Over the space of only a few months, he gradually became more comfortable with discussions, became more open to trying new things and has started joining in with group activities.
This has been massive progress for him and he is a much happier person now." Parent
"Having aebal involved in our family life has had such a positive impact for us. My Son was socially isolated, struggled with friendships and his preferred activity was playing computer games sat in his room. Now he actively engages with others and tries many different activities. aebal's ethos of 'positive risk' means that finally he is included rather than excluded."
"aebal gives me lots of independence and the staff are happy and cheerful. I really like the 121 support and the group trips to the Peak District and the disco!" Client
"All these comments are true! Their approach really does work!" Parent
"We may see more people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the community as a result of the Transforming Care Act, but we are not necessarily seeing those people becoming a part of the community. aebal seem determined to change that. This service strives to ensure people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are given the opportunity to enjoy all of the things that everyone else does – pleasure, a sense of accomplishment, relationships – we should not underestimate how valuable to a person's mental health and sense of worth being able to access the community in this way is. aebal give people a sense of purpose, independence, and a reason to get up in the morning.
They provide the social role valorization that all too many services lack". Clinical Psychologist
"The relaxed, non-judgemental support that aebal offer has allowed my son to feel safe, accepted and given him the confidence to try new things. His self esteem is growing to the point that he is actually beginning to like himself. A huge change!
aebal is based in the community, accessing mainstream venues and activities. There is no centre or mini bus shouting Special Needs. My son feels normal for, possibly, the first time in his life. He is happy and proud to belong." Parent
"aebal offers tailored support to people with disabilities to achieve better physical and mental health, inclusion in the community, sense of belonging and autonomy.
Research consistently shows that keeping active is incredibly important for good physical and mental health. This is crucial for people with disabilities." Clinical Psychologist