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Friendship and dating


We all want to be loved and accepted, and people with learning disabilities are no different. But meeting new people, socialising and maintaining friendships can be difficult if you have trouble communicating, or getting out and about.

That’s why we do everything we can to enable the people we support to meet others and build meaningful friendships.

Socialising

All of our services provide opportunities to get to know others through activities in the community. From singing in a choir to volunteering at a charity shop, we make sure the people we support are able to do the things they want to do wherever possible.

We also know how important it is to be able to stay in touch with family and friends, so we support people to keep in contact with their loved ones, whether it’s through organising a Sunday lunch with friends, or Skyping a relative.

Luv2meetU is our award-winning friendship and dating service based in Bradford, but operated across a number of regions. We run events and outings for adults with learning disabilities so that they can have fun, make friends and maybe meet a boyfriend or girlfriend. Activities range from ice-skating and clubbing, to speed dating and bowling – members influence the activities from week to week.

If two of our members want to go on a date, we are on hand to give advice. We can also chaperone their first meeting to help make sure everything goes smoothly.

Find out all about our services and where we operate on the Luv2meetU website.

Hum Tum, which means ‘you and me’ in Urdu, was set up to enable adults with learning disabilities from a South Asian background to meet new people, share interests and develop friendships. We recognise the cultural and religious preferences of members by holding male- and female-only events at venues that don’t serve alcohol, and we welcome family involvement wherever possible.

Since its creation Hum Tum has put on over a thousand events, including Eid and Diwali evenings, cinema outings and restaurant meals.

Find out more about what we do and where.

Buddying

If a person we support has a particular hobby or interest they’d like to take part in with someone, we may be able to match them with a volunteer who enjoys the same things. Our buddying scheme allows people to share the activities they’re passionate about – whether it’s cycling, listening to music, or seeing a favourite football team play.

Buddying can be fun and hugely rewarding for everyone involved. Take a look at our volunteer pages for more information.