There are a of dating agencies across the UK that specialise in supporting people with learning disabilities.
In the Supported Loving toolkit, we have some useful learning about dating. Please read this before approaching any dating agency, so that you are well informed. Please note that we do not endorse any dating agency or speed club on this. The organisations and datings listed on this are included in the Supported Loving toolkit to assist you and are provided in good faith.
Their inclusion in the Supported Loving toolkit does not imply that Supported Loving nor Choice Support endorses or supports them, nor does the absence of any other organisations or services, who are not included, imply that Supported Loving and Choice Support disabilities not support them.
For people with learning disabilities finding love is often more than just chemistry — it can come down to getting the right support from your staff. Supported Loving is not a formal membership organisation. Anyone can take part, it is free.
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It helps people to meet and socialise in a safe and secure environment, hosting one or two events every month. These events include karaoke, quiz nights and disco evenings.
Mates N Dates This friendship and dating network is for people living in and around Oxfordshire. It runs social events like coffee mornings, park walks, barn dances, karaoke nights, nightclub events and speed dating.
It also offers a one-to-one dating service for members based in Bristol East Compatibles Run by Southend Mencap, this service is deed to help people expand their social circle, whether they are looking for friendships or romantic relationships. Friends and Places Together A friendship group for 13 to 25 years old.
To support friendships and relationships outside of school and college and help families with letting go and inclusion. It holds events to support people to make new friends and possibly find a partner. London Happily This friendship and dating agency is based in central London. My Favourite Hello This national dating service is for people with autism, Asperger's and learning disabilities.
The Outsiders Trust This is a social, peer support and dating club, run by and for socially and physically disabled people so not-learning disability specific. Members have a wide range of impairments, including visual and hearing impairments. It arranges various trips out and activities, as opportunities to meet new friends and form new relationships. It also offers a one-to-one dating service for members.
Based in Lancashire, we cover Lancashire and Greater Manchester. Wirral Mencap Monthly singles nights and events take place in a central Birkenhead location. There is a different theme or activity each time — including games nights, karaoke, bingo and quiz nights. It has divisions in Glasgow, Aberdeen, Renfrewshire and Falkirk.
Wales Like 2 Meet Vale People First ran this group, but are currently looking for funding to continue their work. Their website suggests contacting the Innovate Trust who are running meet and greets and events in Cardiff and The Vale. Disclaimer The organisations and services listed on this are included in the Supported Loving toolkit to assist you and are provided in good faith. .
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Supported Loving toolkit The Supported Loving network has produced a series of guides to help support people with learning disabilities with issues around sex and relationships. What is Supported Loving? Supported Loving network Supported Loving is not a formal membership organisation.
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