Charity receives grant to support people with learning disabilites in Calderdale

14 July 2013

Luv2MeetU – a friendship and dating agency for people with learning disabilities, started by national learning disability charity, Hft – has been awarded almost £10,000 of funding from People’s Health Trust to support a new project in Calderdale.

Luv2MeetU – a friendship and dating agency for people with learning disabilities, started by national learning disability charity, Hft – has been awarded almost £10,000 of funding from People’s Health Trust to support a new project in Calderdale.

The funding – using money raised by HealthBloom through The Health Lottery – will give local people with learning disabilities the chance to try new activities and make new friends. It’s part of Healthy Living Together – an innovative project created by Luv2meetU.

The scheme aims to bring people with learning disabilities together through a range of activities which aim to improve health and wellbeing. Also on offer is the chance to try new skills, such as cookery, archery and Zumba, which it’s hoped will help to boost confidence and reduce social isolation.

The Healthy Living Together events start in January 2013 and were designed following feedback from Luv2MeetU members that said they wanted advice on how to stay fit and healthy.

The events are open to all adults with learning disabilities in the Calderdale area and will take place three times per month.

Karen England, Luv2MeetU Project Development Manager, said: “We’re delighted to have the opportunity to support Luv2MeetU members with how to improve their diet and overall wellbeing.

“We know that health and wellbeing can be a problem for people with learning disabilities and we are really grateful to People’s Health Trust for seeing the potential in this project and for helping us to help people with learning disabilities to improve their health and wellbeing.”

Initially set up by Hft, Luv2MeetU supports people with learning disabilities and their families to develop and sustain friendships and relationships. This can help to improve overall health and wellbeing, as well as extending social networks.

Chris Lunn, Director – HealthBloom, said: “It’s great that money raised by HealthBloom is being used to support organisations like Luv2MeetU.”

For more information about Healthy Living Together or Luv2MeetU, contact Karen England on 01924 229120 or [email protected].

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Media enquiries

For media enquiries about the project, please contact Sarah Weston, PR Manager, on 0117 906 1755 or [email protected].

For media enquiries about the funding, please contact ChrisLunn on 020 3384 8309 / 07736 054 999 / [email protected].

Notes to editors

Luv2MeetU

Luv2MeetU, originally known as Stars in the Sky Yorkshire, was created in 2007 as a two year pilot in Leeds and Wakefield and jointly funded by national learning disabilities charities, Hft and Dimensions UK. It became a community interest company in 2010 and changed its name to Luv2MeetU.

Calderdale is one of eight areas that Luv2MeetU operates in. Others include Leeds, Wakefield, Sheffield, Bradford, Kirklees, North East Derbyshire and Gloucestershire. Luv2MeetU regularly holds events for its members, including bowling, swimming, meals out and club nights. It also offers a one to one dating service.

Hft

Hft is a national charity providing local support for people with learning disabilities and their families in creative, resourceful ways so individuals can live the lives they want. The charity works with over 2,000 people with learning disabilities across the UK. It encourages and supports people to live as independently as they can and to enjoy their own social lives and interests, working in partnership with individuals and their families to achieve this. Hft also works closely with local authorities and other agencies to support education, healthcare, housing and work needs, providing guidance on setting up individual lifestyles.

Winner of the Laing & Buisson Independent Healthcare Award for Best Use of Technology 2010, Hft has a reputation for leading the field in developing personalised technology for use by people with learning disabilities, working closely with technology designers and manufacturers to adapt existing technologies and to develop and trail new technologies.

For more information on Hft please visit www.hft.org.uk

HealthBloom is a Community Interest Company committed to prioritising and raising money for health inequalities in Kirklees, Calderdale and Bradford. www.healthbloomcic.org.uk

The Health Lottery is operated for and on behalf of 51 Community Interest Companies across England, Scotland and Wales, all holding society lottery licenses granted by the Gambling Commission. www.healthlottery.co.uk

People's Health Trust is an independent charity helping to address health inequalities across Great Britain. It works closely with each Community Interest Company supporting the distribution of grants. www.peopleshealthtrust.org.uk

 

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