Safemates goes from strength to strength

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. To keep up to date with everything that's going on you can follow @Safemates on Twitter and like their Facebook page. They also have a website where you can get advice, find out more about the service and take a look at their upcoming events. Find out more at

By |2016-11-30T09:12:58+00:00September 9th, 2015|Successful Applicants|0 Comments

Getting fit and having fun in Leamington Spa

Thanks to a YouCan grant, adults with learning disabilities in Leamington Spa now have a full suite of sporting equipment at their disposal including a football and rugby ball, baseball and bat, badminton set, boxing gloves and pads, a hula hoop set, cones to set out goals and an inflatable darts set with Velcro darts making them easy and safe to use. Bromford runs a hub at Leamington, supporting people to get involved in their local community and socialise. Dan Jhutti, hub advisor, said: “There is a group of six to 15 hub customers who now have a focus on activities every Friday. It all ‘kicked off’ with a previous customer, Tom, who loved sports. He has since moved but another customer, David, runs the group and encourages others to get involved. “If the weather’s good, they will go to the local park and then come back for a cup of tea. If it’s not, they will play games or cards inside. It’s great to see how the group has evolved since it was first set up and it’s very much up to customers to decide what they want to do. It fits very nicely with our focus on health and wellbeing and we’re hoping that as the weather improves, customers will go out a bit more. “We share the equipment with our hubs in Stratford, Studley and Atherstone so others can benefit and there’s some grant money left over so we are looking forward to deciding what to buy with that. “The application process is really quick and easy – we got the full grant amount within two weeks of applying and YouCan provided us with a prepaid credit card we could spend in [...]

By |2016-11-30T09:12:58+00:00March 6th, 2015|Successful Applicants|0 Comments