Supported Loving blogs
The Supported Loving campaign is capturing interest from many different people. Read what people have been saying in their blogs.
- Starting the conversation
Gillian Leno, full-time intimate relationships teacher, writes on the lasting impact of collaborative work - 12th October 17
- Love is real, real is love
Christian Buchan, Choice Support Homes Manager, has been inspired by #Supported Loving. Read what he has achieved for people he supports - 3rd October 17
- Why accessible information is important for healthy relationships
CHANGE is a leading human rights organisation led by disabled people. Their research shows that good information is needed by everyone - 30th August 17
- I haven't always been in a happy relationship...
Vicky Buckingham shares her experience of finding the right partner and needing the right support - 16th August 17
- Second Supported Loving network meeting
Read the notes from the second network meeting which contains useful links to those in the Supported Loving network -17th July 17
- Pride in LGBT relationships
Dr Claire Bates writes on celebrating and supporting LGBT pride in her Learning Disability Today blog - 29th June 17
- Sex and relationships
Mother of a 21 year old daughter with a learning disabilty, Liz Wilson from Dimensions, would love to start the conversation about sex and relationships with families. - 21st June 17
- The importance of supported loving
After Sue Turner from NDTi attended her first Supported Loving event what struck her was "...people wanted a safe space to talk about relationships and sex – not to be kept safe from them." - 15th June 2017
- Finding a sex worker
A woman supported by The Lady Verdin Trust asks if she could be supported to find a sex worker - 5th June 2017
- Leanne and David
Leanne and David explain what good relationship support means to them - 15th May 2017
- A sister’s point of view on the learning disability dating scene
Helena, a sister, explains why she is founder of Happily a friendship and dating agency - 2nd May 2017
- Research unpacked
Dr Claire Bates shares more of her PhD research findings in her latest blog for Learning Disability Today - April 2017
- Katie...finding love through a dating agency
Katie describes how finding love has changed her life. "Since joining Mates 'n' Dates, my depression has improved I do not feel alone...Above all I feel loved." - 18th April 2017
- Mates 'n' Dates
Maxine Hemmings, Co-ordinator at the dating agency, Mates 'n' Dates: "many people with learning disabilities want friends and maybe a partner too..." - 10th April 2017
- Sex, love and citizenship
Dr Simon Duffy from the Centre for Welfare Reform has expanded his six keys to citizenship to include love. "Without love we are nothing" - 21st March 2017
- Daniel and Angela - building a relationship
Sue Deeley from Gettalife tells Daniel and Angela's story showing that good support around relationships, sexuality and intimacy becomes even more important for people with more complex needs - 13th March 2017
- Josephine and Jack
Clare Morgan from the Josephine and Jack Project writes about a unique approach to supporting people with learning disabilities to talk about relationships and sex - 2nd March 2017.
- First Supported Loving network meeting
Read the notes including useful links to contributors of the first Supported Loving network meeting - 15th February 2017.
- Supported loving: Helping people with learning disabilities to find love and maintain it.
Dr Claire Bates writes a guest blog in Learning Disability Today - 7th February 2017
- What is Supported Loving?
Dr Claire Bates writes about the launch of Supported Loving - 24th January 2017
The views expressed in the Supported Loving blogs are not necessarily those of Choice Support.
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