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For people with learning disabilities, we change lives by tackling loneliness and social isolation. We challenge discrimination, help improve health and wellbeing, and enable people to speak up and be heard.
Our projects empower people with learning disabilities to make and maintain friendships while connecting with their community; then develop their communication and speaking up skills, enabling them to become more independent and confident.
There are 1.5million people with a learning disability in the UK. We estimate c10,000 people have learning disabilities in Dorset, 400 of whom we already support. Can you help us reach more?
What is a learning disability?
A learning disability is a lifelong significant reduced ability to understand new or complex information, learn new skills and to cope independently.
With your support we can continue to empower more people with learning disabilities to tackle injustice. If you would like to know more about learning disabilities, please click the link below.
Over 50% disabled people feel lonely, rising to 77% for those aged 18-34.
Members come together at Speaking Up groups and speak up, and address, issues important to them. They feed back serious concerns to decision makers such as local authorities and health bodies.
For those seeking consultancy support, we have skilled advisors in our team at People First Dorset.
We know many other professionals who might be able help, and would be happy to connect you.
Loneliness is associated with physical and mental health problems and poorer quality of life.
(Gilmore & Cuskelly, 2014).
- in his own words
I only used to have one friend, very little confidence and had hate crime.
The Friendship Club at People First Dorset changed all that. Thanks to this club I now have lots of friends who I see at events and some I’ve learnt to meet independently.
I volunteer for the charity like helping raise awareness, I feel good, I’m healthier and I even write a weekly column in our local paper. Life is good now.
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