Two Cambridgeshire pals set up dating agency for adults with autism and learning disabilities in the region – Ely Standard

Christine O’Neil and Vicky Baddeley say they want to launch their agency, called Safe Soulmate, “in response to the issue of loneliness and social isolation” in the area.

The agency, which is not an online service, is set to launch following a free event held on Saturday, February 23 in Cambridge.

Christine, who has a background in the learning disability sector, said: “I realised that there was nothing in this area to help people who have some kind of additional need.”

The pair decided to launch the love searching agency after they received a large £10,000 funding boost from the Big Lottery grant.

Vicky, who works at a learning disability charity, said: “People not only want relationships, but many simply want a friend to talk to.

“We want to help bridge the gap and run fun events like club nights, picnic parties and gaming get togethers, as well as provide a one-to-one matching service.”

The Stetham duo visit people in their homes to find out what individuals are looking for – new friends, a relationship or both.

They will be working closely with Dhiverse, which runs workshops around the issues of friendships, relationships, boundaries, sex, and online safety.

Read more at: https://www.elystandard.co.uk/news/friendship-and-dating-agency-for-people-with-disabilities-in-cambridgeshire-1-5874294

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