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Supported Loving blogs

The Supported Loving campaign is capturing interest from many different people. Read what people have been saying in their blogs.

  • All you need is love
    Sam Sly, Regulation, Health, and Social Care Consultant reflects on peoples right to love and citizenship.  
  • Love is not a luxury
    Dr Erin Ferguson's research explores how people with learning disabilities can access the messy, fun, exciting and frightening world where love is not a luxury - 4th December 2017
  • Relationships are for everyone
    Dr Claire Bates discusses online dating for people with learning disabilties in her blog published by LDT - 31st October 2017
  • Third Supported Loving network notes
    Read notes from the third network meeting which took place on 5th October 2017. They contain useful links to those in the Supported Loving network - 26th October 2017
  • Easy complacency or hard commitment? 
    Sue Sharples challenges CQC and support providers not to ignore support for sex and relationships - 23 October 17
  • 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.

Contact Dr Claire Bates for more about the Support Loving Campaign. 

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