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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.

  • Hero Worship - An audience with Dave Hingsburger

    Perhaps it’s good to have someone to look up to, whose qualities are a source of aspiration and inspiration, someone to follow, learn from and be motivated by.

  • What it means to be transgender 

    It means I get the chance to live my life, I have been waiting for so many years and I am very proud to be living my new life as Charlotte. My life is about to change, and I almost can’t wait because it means everything to me and what I have been fighting for will happen.

  • Supported loving, how can families help?

     Families have bad press on this topic with some professionals assuming we don’t want our sons and daughters to have ordinary relationships - 15 August 2018

  • Supported Loving Network Meeting
    Notes from the latest Supported Loving network meeting - 2 July 2018
  • RESPOND – My Life, My Marriage Project
    People with learning disabilities can be forced into marriage - 4 June 2018
  • Love is ...
    The Brelade Players have written a poem exploring love and acceptance - 21 May 2018
  • Is love still a taboo subject?
    Mark is not getting the right support to meet the girl of his dreams, read about his experiences - 22 March 2018
  • Opening a can of worms?
    LDT publishes Dr Claire Bates’ blog challenging ingrained cultural barriers to love and sex - 12 February 2018.
  • All you need is love
    Sam Sly, Regulation, Health, and Social Care Consultant reflects on peoples right to love and citizenship - 3 January 2018.
  • 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 - 4 December 2017
  • Relationships are for everyone
    Dr Claire Bates discusses online dating for people with learning disabilties in her blog published by LDT - 31 October 2017
  • Third Supported Loving network notes
    Read notes from the third network meeting which took place on 5 October 2017. They contain useful links to those in the Supported Loving network - 26 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 - 12 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 - 3 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 - 30 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 - 16 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 -17 July 17
  • Pride in LGBT relationships
    Dr Claire Bates writes on celebrating and supporting LGBT pride in her Learning Disability Today blog - 29 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. - 21 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." - 15 June 2017
  • Finding a sex worker
    A woman who needs support asks if she could be supported to find a sex worker.  What are the safety implications for everyone involved? - 5 June 2017
  • Leanne and David
    Leanne and David explain what good relationship support means to them - 15 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 - 2 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." - 18 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..." - 10 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" - 21 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 - 13 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 - 2 March 2017.
  • First Supported Loving network meeting  
    Read the notes including useful links to contributors of the first Supported Loving network meeting - 15 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 - 7 February 2017
  • What is Supported Loving?
    Dr Claire Bates writes about the launch of Supported Loving - 24 January 2017

The views expressed in the Supported Loving blogs are not necessarily those of Choice Support.

Join the Supported Loving network here or contact Dr Claire Bates for more information.

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