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Here at Loveable we believe that everybody has the right to love and be loved.

 Typically, learning disabled and autistic people are left out of conversations around romantic relationships and sexuality. Loneliness is at an all time high and only 3% of people with a learning disability live as a couple, compared to 70% of the general population.

There are many barriers that learning disabled and neurodivergent people can face when it comes to meeting new people, dating, finding and maintaining new relationships. We want to help overcome these barriers.

What will our relationship support look like?

  • Workshops and friendly discussion groups in relaxed settings on themes around healthy personal friendships / relationships and sexual identity. Boundaries and consent work, and facilitating safe spaces where people can talk about relationships.
  • Providing up to date information, guidance, and signposting on sexual rights, identity and health.
  • Advocating for our members and empowering people to make safe and healthy decisions.
  • Support with dating.

what about dating?

We are not a dating agency as such, however our aims are to open up opportunities for you to meet new people around the County outside of your existing support bubble (eg family or day service) If you meet somebody at any of our socials or events and like them and want to take it further then great! We will help you to set up a date and navigate next steps.

We come into contact with lots of single people who would like to find friends or date, so if we know somebody we think you may match with, and you consent to us doing so, we can introduce you and support you to arrange a date.

If online dating is your thing we will also be offering guidance and advice about how to do this as safely as possible. Keep your eyes peeled for a workshop topic on this, and our website resources on all things dating will be launching soon…

are you a parent or carer?

If you are working with somebody with a learning disability or autism and would like some advice on how best to support relationships for the person you support we can also offer help. We will be doing online resources and workshops specifically for parents / support staff – please get in touch with any questions or to find out more.