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Love and learning disabilities

Helping people with a learning disability find romance

People with a learning disability desire to find love just like everybody else. As it The Camden Society’s mission is to support people to live the lives they choose, our support workers also sometimes act as cupid as a part their work.  Support is given to help people look for that special person, in whatever way they choose.

Susan and John (not their real names) met 5 years ago at a Friday night disco. They fell in love and plan to marry soon. The Camden Society gives Susan support 24 hour a day 7 days whilst John is supported by another organisation. Their support workers did initially help them to set boundaries within the relationship around areas such as finances and respecting personal space whilst making sure that the couple can meet up as often as they wish to. John visits Susan two to three times a week and stays overnight and also goes every week for Sunday lunch. In addition they enjoy going out to various social events together.  Key worker Milica says that “They are a loving, affectionate couple who have great respect for each other”. Their relationship is free from jealousy and totally on their own terms. It is a joy to be able to support this amazing couple”.

Claire (not her real name) was supported to find love through Happily Dating, a dating agency that is specifically for people with a learning disability.    https://www.happilydating.co.uk

 

Claire was supported to join the agency by her Key Worker.  Support workers went with Claire along to social events arranged for people to mix and mingle in general as well as to meet that special person. Claire also went on several dates arranged by the agency. This was easy as there are more men than women on the agency’s books. She was chaperoned and supported on date by support workers from The Camden Society, for as long as she wished.  Sadly Claire has not found love so far but she is still looking and hopes to meet Mr. Right one day and to get married. We at The Camden Society will continue to support her in her efforts to make her dreams come true.

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