In April 2015, Laura Hill from Leamington Spa approached YouCan for a £300 grant to help get her friendship and relationship service for people with learning disabilities and autism off the ground.
The grant was approved and ‘Safemates’ was born. Since then the project has gone from strength to strength. With a launch on 16 July 2015 at the Zephr Lounge in Leamington Spa, people came together to enjoy an evening of music, dancing and making new friends.
Based in Warwickshire, Safemates offers fun and safe activities that promote social inclusion for people with learning difficulties and autism. One of their aims is to help people find friends and possibly partners as many people have said they feel that meaningful friendships and relationships are often missing from their lives.
Since launching, they have gone full-steam ahead to ensure that there are plenty of activities for their members to enjoy including pub nights, day trips and discos. They recently had their first breakfast club with members looking forward to an upcoming curry night. With events planned well into December, it’s fair to say that the £300 grant from YouCan is certainly helping to bring together a whole community of people; helping them get involved in things, and make friends with people they may never have had the opportunity to do otherwise.