Thanks to funding from the People’s Postcode Lottery, a scheme helping adults with learning disabilities and/or autism make new friends has secured another year in operation.
Social isolation can be a big issue for adults with learning disabilities. Gr8 Mates gives participants the opportunity to get together in a small informal and supported environment to enable them to develop friendships and relationships.
If participants express an interest in getting to know someone better they will be supported by volunteers to go on a date or mate date. The informal events take place a minimum of four times a year.
Funding from People’s Postcode Trust will see the project run for a further 12 months plus the recruitment of a project coordinator.
Gr8 Mates project manager Fizz Heseltine explained, “Most people take making new friends for granted, but it can be a challenge for someone with learning disabilities or autism as this is often missed out from support plans.
“Absolutely no-one should be denied the chance of making new friends or maybe meeting that special someone – and Gr8 Mates provides that opportunity.
“We are so grateful to players of People’s Postcode Lottery for their amazing support. Their funding will make a huge difference in tackling social isolation faced by many people with Learning Disabilities.”