Ciara met up with BILD employee and romantic Kate who featured in the channel 4 programme The Undateables and went to the Run For Your Wife film premier on behalf of Mencap.
Over lunch, Ciara asked Kate a few questions about her experiences of relationships and dating. When they get their needs met with the right help and support, it will be wonderful.
Kate: For me, it is very important to have a relationship. With the right support, obviously, people with a learning disability can find love and get married. They need a basic understanding of what a relationship is and what it involves, and then if they have the extra support it will help them to fulfil their lives. Once they have the support, then they can be encouraged to fulfil their relationship dreams. At first, I was a bit apprehensive and nervous about how I would find a relationship, but once I joined, I made friends really quickly and then I found the guy of my dreams. I said there is going to be another series of Undateables next year. You have to be careful with the dating agencies on the internet and who you meet, as it could be dangerous. I know when I have tried non-specialist dating agencies in the past, I was wrong from them.
Nine years ago, I was in a perfect relationship and then we split up. I wanted to have a new relationship and to go slow. I would like to carry on and make it successful with some one else. Kate: Signing up to the dating agency was easy to do. I would recommend it for people to look for a relationship. She wants to apply, so I am going to give her the contact details to get involved.
We can also support people to go out on a date if you meet someone you really like. To find out about local groups and events near you, visit Luv2meet U website.
We want to show everyone that Heartventure is about supporting adults with learning disabilities to meet and socialise in a safe and secure environment.It can be difficult to make new friends and get out and about if you have a learning disability.Many people feel that meaningful friendships and relationships are the biggest things missing from their lives.We provide opportunities to make new friends, share interests and develop relationships.If you want to have fun, make friends and maybe meet a boyfriend, girlfriend or partner, you could join Luv2meet U.