• AurelienThomas

Love and Learning Disabilities

Updated: Feb 11

Do you believe that everyone deserves love and friendship? Well...

Happily Dating is a family run project based in London, and helping people with learning disabilities and/ or autism to find just such bonds and connections! You may have heard of them -they featured in the UK TV show 'The Undateables' on Channel 4.

Now... Why on earth am I giving them here a shout out!? Simple: cos I'm proud to support them!

In fact, I donate proceeds from my poetry book 'A Vow -A Collection of Love Poems' to this worthy and needed project; a project I first heard of through my job as a Care Support Worker for people with learning disabilities. Here's Helena, the mastermind behind it all, about how Happily Dating came to be:

'The idea of Happily was born from my own lived experience helping my younger sister who has learning disabilities to find love and friendship. I launched Happily because there were no services providing accessible, safe, and affordable solutions that succeed in supporting adults with learning disabilities to form friendships and relationships.

Our family run project is completely unique and our aim is to positively change people's lives by providing opportunities for our members to connect and grow in confidence. There are some wonderful stories where members have found love, gone on holidays together, met each others' families and built solid friendships through Happily.'

And indeed! Contrary to a strong held prejudice which refuses to die, people with learning disabilities (autism especially) are not happy loners uninterested in relationships! They too can yearn and crave for the passionate feelings coming with being in love, and they too deserve to blossom through meaningful relationships as we all do! Their conditions, impacting their social skills, can be a challenge. Thanks Happily Dating to offer them some support!

So, do you believe that everyone deserves love and friendships? I for one surely do, and so if you want to support Happily Dating while indulging in Romance, then why don't you get a copy of my book?

Thanks for the support, and cheers to love!

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