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"happily", a New Learning Disabilities and Autism Dating Agency
People with learning disabilities want to find love too
A student says a new dating agency for people with learning disabilities gives people like her "hope" that they can find new friends and love. About people have signed up to its first event in Cambridge on Saturday. Elizabeth Felton, 25, who is attending, called it "an amazing opportunity". To give them hope," said Ms Felton, who was born with the rare growth Beckwith Wiedemann syndrome and has a moderate learning disability. Ms Felton, from Ely, said she hoped the occasion would help her find "more friends and relationships", as well as tackle her depression and anxiety. Safe Soulmate, which caters exclusively for adults with autism and learning disabilities, is due to run as a pilot for six months after receiving money from the National Lottery Community Fund. It was set up by Stretham residents Mrs O'Neill, 38, and Mrs Baddeley, 46, who both work with people with learning difficulties.
Dating and friendship agencies
This group means everything to me. Thanks to it I have met some lovely people and it has helped build my confidence. Love4Life is a friendship and dating project for people with learning disabilities and autism. We organise workshops and social events that help you make friends and build relationships in a relaxed atmosphere.
Sister and charity worker, Helena Reed has launched happily Community Interest Company CIC , a not-for-profit friendship and dating agency for adults with learning disabilities and autism in London. The idea of happily was born from Helena's first-hand experience of helping her younger sister who has learning disabilities to find love and friendship. Having exhausted their efforts on numerous online dating websites, apps and introduction agencies, Helena realised that more needed to be done to connect people and to support them to build meaningful relationships:. We spoke to families, charities as well as other dating agencies based outside of London who all agreed there was a need for something like happily,". As a way of giving back to the community, happily will also host free workshops about relationships for its members and partner charities.