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About Us

Ability First is a not for profit, organisation formed to support those who have suffered a life changing illness or injury. We help our users to rebuild confidence in themselves by focusing on their abilities and potential so they can engage fully with their lives.

Our Mission

The Challenge

Most of us start our working lives with hopes and dreams as to what we will do and how we might live our lives. Imagine how devastating it would be for you and your family if you are told you have a long-term illness or disability. You have always enjoyed good health and have been able to rely on it to propel you forwards for a successful career and comfortable lifestyle. Then you get the diagnosis, and everything changes. You have no idea of how to make sense of what is happening to you, you don’t understand your emotions anymore and your self-esteem and self-confidence are battered as you attempt to work out who you are. Many slide into despair and depression becoming isolated and lonely.

I cant play football with my kids
I can’t dance at parties
It’s not worth going for an interview
I want to work
I need to work
Would you employ me when there are so many healthy people as well qualified
My family are better off without me
I just slow people down
You don’t want me around
What’s the point
I’m holding my family back. They want to do things I can’t but they want to be with me
My boss is looking to sack me
I can’t do what I used to
I’m just a drain on resources
I need help
I’m lonely
This isn’t going to get better
I don’t want to sit in front of breakfast television every morning, waiting for the grim reaper
I’m sure they wish I wasn’t here
I wish I wasn’t here

The experience of dealing with a long-term loss of good health can be lonely and frightening. Everyone will have their own way of dealing with the impact this has on their life. While we come to terms with our changed circumstances, our employer, colleagues, family members and friends are also affected.

After the shock of suffering a life changing health condition, we need to take control of our lives. We need to build or rebuild confidence in our new selves and abilities. We help our participants by focusing on what they CAN do rather than what they can’t. We want to support individuals to spot opportunities and have the confidence to take them.

Our Services

Achieving our aims

Work, training and retraining

We plan to set up social enterprises where we utilise and develop the skills of employees, contractors and volunteers, many of whom will have suffered a late onset disability. We will take on interns and trainees to develop skills, which they can then take to the job market. Profits from the enterprises will be channelled back into further projects. .


As there is much to be done, we are looking to work with other organisations who also support those with late onset disability. We will look to connect our participants with other groups who can offer services which will help them become fully connected with their abilities look for ways to overcome obstacles and be fully engaged in what life has to offer. .

Life/Leadership Coaching

We are developing a course which will help guide participants to discover what opportunities they have with their current set of skills. We want our participants to believe in their potential in order to be able to actively seek out opportunities and grasp them. .

Our first work enterprise

Ability First Print

For our first work enterprise we have set up a print brokerage. We will deliver high quality print work to our customers at competitive prices. The majority of our staff will have suffered from a life changing illness or injury. Where possible we will utilise existing skills or offer retraining in various roles within the business such as account management and proofing.

See what we can do for you

  • Design
  • Brochures
  • Posters
  • Flyers
  • Menus
  • NCR Pads
  • Leaflets
  • Business Cards
  • Branding
  • Logos
  • Forms
  • Books
  • Invitations
  • Magazines
  • Signage
  • Letterheads
  • Compliments Slips
  • …and more

We are a not for profit company which will reinvest any surplus in order to provide further support for those who have suffered a late onset disability. If you are interested in finding out what Ability First Print can do for your organisation, or if you would like a quote, please call or email;

07970 163432


Future Projects

The Transitions Programme – A seminar and life coaching course

The experience of dealing with a long-term loss of good health can be lonely and frightening. Everyone will have their own way of dealing with the impact this has on life. It is at such times, that we must make the time and invest in the mental space to look at ourselves. With practical support to guide and encourage us, we can rediscover the confidence and belief in our abilities to live life to the full in the way that is best for us and for those around us.

Our Staff and Volunteers

Currently all those working for Ability First are doing so on a voluntary basis and we are looking for people with skills in Marketing and Social Media who are prepared to work on a voluntary basis. As we generate funds we will start to pay salaries If you are interested please email alan@abilityfirst.org.uk we would love to hear from you.

Alan Collins

Co Founder

After 20 years in business, Alan was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2011. Since then he has consulted for a number of Social Enterprises and Charities.

His experience with his illness has convinced him of the need for an organization who can help others in a similar position to look forward to a productive future. Whether it is in a work environment or socially, we can have a positive and welcome effect to the people and world around us and there is much that we can do to make our mark.

Steve Aquilina

Co Founder and Finance Director

Our Friends

Pain Exchange

Pain Exchange is a registered charity offering pain relief, management techniques and support to those suffering from chronic pain. Pain is one of the most disabling effects of a many conditions and we take a holistic approach to pain management and relief using physiotherapy and group exercise delivered by fully trained registered physiotherapists. We also offer art sessions, advice on nutrition and sleep and for those who are interested we offer prayer. Although we are a mainly a Christian group we offer our service to people of all faiths


pain exchange


Alan Collins

14 Alternburg Avenue, London W13 9RN

07970 163432


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