Hi my name is Katie Yates – I love being a member of Positive Path Foundation as it helped me to meet new friends as it is hard at my age to meet people. Jane and Jo are fab people and have made it feel really relaxed.

Pauline, Katie Yates's mum - I first saw an article about Positive Path Foundation in the Evening Echo when my daughter really needed some companionship and fun things to do. Positive Path Foundation have definitely given that in abundance.

Hi my name is Jay – I found out about positive path last year and thought I would give it a go and I am so glad I did. I love meeting new friends of all ages and always look forward to the next trip . Since starting I have been on a boat trip, crazy golf, bowling, quiz night with dinner, beach games but most of all going to see a show.

Lynn, Jay's Mum - I am so happy Jay's school put me in touch with PPF. Jay has met some lovely friends. He always looks forward to going and Jane and Shelly are so lovely. It’s like one big family!

Hi my name is Joe – What I enjoyed about being a member is that we are all equal with our disabilities. We are all being positive and you meet all the members and staff who run the charity.

Debbie, Joe's mum - Joe has really benefited from joining this group earlier in the year. I have seen his confidence grow before my eyes and it is so lovely to see him chat and laugh with his new friends. It has given him a whole new lease of life and helped him spend more independent time away from his family.

Hi my name is Ben – The PPF is really fun, we do all sorts of different fun activities, my favourites were bowling, beach games and the pub night. Even when I am anxious Shelley and the others make me feel OK and I still have a great time. I enjoy getting to know new people there. I enjoy the meals they do there, I enjoy the fun entertainment they do there, I do remember on the last residential we did a drama club with funny acting in a play we did. Yeah I enjoyed the boat race and the camp fire. I enjoyed the crazy golf too, the indoor one and the outdoor one. I enjoyed bowling because bowling is one of my favourites. I remember I enjoyed playing Beach Volleyball at the beach one time. Yeah I’m looking forward to the Swanage railway trip going on a train and I’m looking forward to the residential we are going on in the future.

Anita, Ben's Mum - My son Ben has really benefited from the great social activities organised by Positive Path Foundation. Jane and Shelley ensure Ben feels safe and has fun mixing with other people who have similar challenges. This has boosted Ben’s confidence so much. The residential was a fantastic experience for Ben. I am really pleased we found PPF.

Hi my name is Ross – I have really enjoyed the Positive Path Foundation Zoom meetings during lockdown. We have played bingo, charades, quizzes and “who am I” and dance sessions as well as a drama workshop. We are rehearsing for a pantomime, Aladdin. I have made lots of new friends. We have a lot of events planned for when the Lockdown eases. My mum has also enjoyed joining in the zoom meetings and she has met some new parents and carers. She says it has been a lifesaver, during lockdown.

Wendy, Ross's mum - My son and myself have enjoyed meeting new people/ families

Hi my name is Sarah – The people are all friendly and we have some fabulous social events. The zoom meetings were all fun to join in with and were stimulating, encouraging and enthusiastic. I havent been a member very long but I can say that Jane is a great role model and founder of the group and always puts so much time and effort into making it a huge success. I really admire her work of building this group up and her team behind her are a tremendous support. This is a great charity and I feel honoured and appreciative to be a part of it. Everyone is so lovely, warm and welcoming. I am looking forward to more going out events and to playing the Wedding Planner in the fun filled and light hearted comedy remake of Jane and Shelley's version of the fantastic Aladdin at the end of the year. I would like to express that I really recommend this awesome group!

Hi my name is Emma – Positive Path Foundation is a fantastic charity. Since I have been a member it has made me feel that I am finally part of something, as we are all treated and respected in the same way. I’m meeting new people and making friends. Since lockdown we have been doing some exciting activities on Zoom which has helped me stay connected. That’s why I like Positive Path Foundation.

Daniel, Emma's dad - Incredible opportunity for our daughter to engage in fun, safe, challenging and rewarding activities with like minded people.

Hi my name is Joanna – I like to be part of Positive Path because I like meeting new people, making new friends and going out.

Jane, Joanna's mum - Joanna has thoroughly enjoyed all the zoom meetings and events and it’s been wonderful for her to meet new people, especially with everything going on at the moment. She doesn’t feel as isolated as she could have been. It’s been brilliant for her mental health. Thank you to all involved.

Hi my name is Stephen – Hi, my name is Stephen - I was a little anxious as I didn't know what it would be like until I finally met all these people at Positive Path. And now that I have found it incredibly exciting whilst have been able to make more new friends including George who is such fun, chatty and makes me laugh as he is full of friendly humour since I have had lots of friendly chats with him! The staff I have met are so fun and friendly when they have been watching me and other people help each other in a team during one of the social games or activities. I enjoy the social games we do such as the bingo, quizzes, discos and the outdoor activities we have done like the 'snowtrax' and crazy golf. I also thank all Positive Path for following me on Instagram and l really looking forward to coming to the beach evening next week and all the other fun activities we will do together

Suzanne, Stephen's Mother - Finding PPF for our son has enriched his life providing him with opportunities to socialise independently with like minded young adults in a safe environment. The staff are warm welcoming and clearly committed to helping high functioning adults develop their communication and social skills so they are equipped to form meaningful friendships and possibly relationships now and in the future. But above all else these young people have FUN and it gives them hope. We can already see the positive effect of joy confidence and sense of belonging our son has developed having his own friends since joining the PPF. As parents of a young person with special needs we always worry about the future. PPF gives us hope that he has the potential to have a more fulfilling life ahead of him.

Hi my name is Daniella – I have Down Syndrome . When I first joined Positive Path Foundation we had a lot of events on zoom during lockdown. We did bingo and quizzes. I wanted to make friends so I wanted to join this group. My friend Joseph recommend me to this group.

Hi my name is CJ – I have recently joined Positive Path Foundation and have had some really great outings and met some lovely friendly people. I have been to beach games evenings, boat trips and played crazy golf. I am looking forward to plenty more fun and socialising. Everyone is really friendly and I feel relaxed and happy to join in. Jane is super friendly and very positive and fills us with enthusiasm!

Helen, CJ's mum - Thank you so much for organizing some wonderful and fun-filled events. We very much look forward to taking part in the activities and have a lot of fun. We feel very included and that brings a smile to my son’s face!

Hi my name is Tyra – I like going to drama club and going to Crazy Golf and meeting new friends. I like hanging out with all the people. I also like doing the zooms with quizzes and bingo and other games. It is fun to be able to talk to others and Jane and her helpers are good and kind and support us all. I like that we go out to coffee shops or pubs and other outings with all of them. It is nice to have new friends to talk to and do things with, together. Jane is a loving caring person who helps us all to understand things and feel better about ourselves. She supports us and encourages

Hi my name is Josh Ward – I’ve been a member of Positive Path Foundation since it’s inception in January of 2020. I’ve really enjoyed the events and getting to meet all the members. Everyone has been lovely and warm and welcoming. I had always dreamt of something like this happening in my area but never thought it actually would and so when I first heard about it in my local newspaper I instantly signed up and haven’t looked back since. I would implore you to consider joining because it’s great fun with all the different numerous events and you get to make new friend’s and gradually build up your confidence.

Anna, Josh Ward's mum - Positive Path Foundation has helped my son build new friendships and socialise within a safe environment. His confidence has grown as a result. Events are varied and fun. The groups are inclusive and supportive.

Hi my name is Chris – I enjoy going to the Positive Path events and the people are nice, especially Jane

Charlotte, Chris 's Mum - Chris has gained a great deal since joining Positive Path Foundation. Unfortunately there is a great gap in social opportunities for higher functioning adults like Chris. Many of the available social groups have an upper age limit of 25 and the ones for the over 25’s are accessed by profoundly disabled adults with physical and challenging emotional needs. Chris has a broad range of issues and an acute language and communication learning disability. Chris is however very bright and has no physical disabilities. Before Positive Path Foundation was formed, Chris was extremely isolated and lonely. As his brothers and sisters have grown up and flown the nest, his self esteem has plummeted. The current pandemic has only exacerbated these issues. Jane and her wonderful team have been a ray of sunshine and Chris has blossomed. Because Positive Path Foundation is so transparent and well organised, we as a family have been able to support Chris in gaining a little more independence. A great deal of thought has gone into the very user friendly website, making it easy for Chris to select social events for himself. Jane and her team are hugely committed to keeping us as parents in the loop, whilst still facilitating Chris’s early steps into making his own decisions safely. The outings and events are well thought out and Chris gains hugely from being able to extend his social learning and understanding within the safety of a warm, understanding and safe group of people. Without Positive Paths Foundation, Chris and us as a family would really struggle now and I know Chris would have regressed especially over the past two years. It is well documented every day, what a great strain our social care system is under and things are only going to deteriorate further. Thank you positive paths for making Chris’s life a complete and fulfilling picture and for easing the pressure on his family.

Hi my name is Charlotte Rimmington – I love and enjoy being part of the Positive Path Family as everyone is so kind, and we all look after each other as a family. I enjoy going on trips and spending time with everyone. Jane and Shelley are both so kind, caring and such lovely ladies welcoming me into the positive path family group when I joined making me feel like I am part of the positive path family and they make sure everyone in the group is ok. Positive Path Foundation has helped me by giving me the confidence to make new friends my age like my best friend Katie and my friend Tyra who I enjoy meeting up with.

Jane, Charlotte Rimmington's Mum - We heard about the Positive Path Foundation from a friend who had seen an article about Jane Atkinson who started this wonderful group. Our beautiful daughter, who we are intensely proud of, despite being on the autistic spectrum with mild learning disabilities has carved a life for herself, earning her own money, driving her own car and taking part in activities outside the home, including line dancing and rock climbing! However, finding friends her own age and on the same wavelength that she could have a social life with has not always been easy and most of her time at school was marred by unkindness and bullying. Well, that is the case no longer thanks to Positive Path Foundation. She now has some very good friends, including a couple of lovely girls and a new best friend that she is constantly messaging and has been shopping and out to lunch with independently of the group and they have future trips already planned! Positive Path Foundation has made a difference to our daughter’s life in a very ‘positive’ way, which is exactly what the group is all about – building confidence, enabling friendships to develop and seeing young people blossom all within a caring and nurturing environment. Thank you Jane, Shelley and the gang at PPF!

Hi my name is Sam Cole – A brilliant group of people who I have developed strong relationships with that has changed my life forever!

Lin, Sam Cole's Mum - Since Sam joined Positive Path, he has increased his friendships & has become more outgoing. It has made him more independent & given him more confidence. Jane & her team are amazing & really look out for all the members & their individual needs. Such an amazing find for our family!!