Speed dating learning disabilities
“It’s as though someone is inside his head and they have a long strip of paper with all the sentences on and they’re cutting each word up and throwing it out in the wrong order,” says Carol, 57.
His parents battled to get him coveted spots at specialist speech and language schools and avoid the likelihood of bullying, but they couldn’t shield him completely.
Carol started the business two years ago with a family friend, Diane Sharkey, after Daniel moved into a supported living house nearby with four friends.
Following the structured ‘speed-dating’ activity in the morning, students attended the ‘One World, One Love’ Valentine’s disco.
The social environment of the disco enabled them to put their new learning to use in a practical context immediately.
People have already stared to sign up and I’m hoping more people in the Lancaster and Morecambe area will want to get involved.”Meet ‘N’ Match officially launched at an exclusive party at Preston North End last month and the team are currently planning local events.
Rachel added: “We have spoken to people about what activities they want to try out and people have suggested speed dating, comedy nights and quiz nights, so we are looking at how and where we can set these up, so that people with a learning disability can come along, meet new friends and have fun.”U-Night Group founder and chairman Sue Sharples, said: “Generally, people with a learning disability have limited opportunities to meet their peers and to form lasting connections.