Learning disabilities dating agency
The project also provides a chaperoned first date and ongoing support.
Up and running in Lancashire since 2016, the service has successfully engaged with around 750 people who have attended Meet N Match events.
Director of Spring into Action and project co-ordinator of Meet N Match, Lucy Hamlin, said: "We are more than just a dating agency, yes people can join and we can look for matches and support them to start, develop and maintain relationships, but we also provide social activities where people can go for a night out, and relationship training, where we teach people how to date and how to stay safe in relationships.
"Generally, people with a learning disability have limited opportunities to meet their peers and to form lasting connections.
Christine O’Neil and Vicky Baddeley say they want to launch their agency, called Safe Soulmate, “in response to the issue of loneliness and social isolation” in the area.
The agency, which is not an online service, is set to launch following a free event held on Saturday, February 23 in Cambridge.
Love4Life members have the chance to meet other members at organised group events.
This gives a great chance to get to know people and potentially meet someone that they might like to date.
We run workshops throughout the year, such as basic cooking, improving your confidence, help with friendships, health and well being, money management, self-help skills, sex education, travel and understanding autism.
Dating can be a daunting experience for anyone, there are lots of nerves and excitement, but also worry about what to wear and how to act.
Nerves can get the better of some people, so having a chaperone really helps people, they can make the initial introductions on a date and then be around for practical or emotional support before, during and after a date.
We have been running for ten plus years (previously called Stars in the Sky), and we more than 100 members.
Apply here Volunteer for Love4Life We are dedicated to providing life-changing opportunities for people with autism and learning disabilities to develop and sustain friendships and relationships. Events to look forward to include: bowling, night club outings, karaoke nights, movie nights, pamper days, parties and proms, picnics and restaurants, shopping trips, sports, theatre trips, and music festivals.
Membership is £10 a month, plus the cost of any events you wish to attend.