NICKEL SUPPORT was set up in 2012 by Elena Nicola and Nick Walsh as they had become disillusioned by the learning disability sector as a whole. They felt that people with learning disabilities deserved more and were being short changed by some of the more traditional services. It seemed that many services were just trying to get numbers through the door, with little regard for the needs of the very people they were meant to be supporting.
Nick and Elena decided to take action. They formulated a business plan, quit their jobs and started a revolution! After working for over 20 years combined in the learning disability they felt that they could use their experience and knowledge to create a unique service that offers support in a much more dynamic and powerful way. Their vision is to change the way learning disability services are run forever, offering respect and the chance for people with learning disabilities to shine.
It was a massive gamble to take, but nearly five years later it seems to have paid off and the positive reputation of Nickel Support grows with each passing day.
"I am extremely proud of what Nickel Support has become. We offer an individualised service and this in turn has meant we have seen massive skills and confidence developments of the trainees over the past few years. That said, we also believe we have just have just hit the tip of the iceberg and that Nickel Support will continue to grow and offer much more to many more people with learning disabilities over the coming years."
Nick Walsh - founder
"I love waking up every morning knowing that I will see the faces of the most genuine people I have and am sure to meet in my life.
Back in 2005 when I started my journey to qualify as social worker I only could dream of the day that I became part of a team that would work towards change for people with learning disabilities.
Five years in and our team are changing traditions and revolutionising services.
I am so grateful everyday that Nick and I took the risk to give our trainees the platform to stand side by side and show the world who they really are, and not what some choose to see."
Elena Nicola - founder