Each week Walsingham Support hosts a unique event in Glastonbury for people with learning disabilities to socialise and have fun.
The events were started by Walsingham Support Manager, Kelly Rothery, who was inspired by the success of the Mates and Dates initiative, a similar social event organised by Walsingham Support in South Wales, as a way to tackle social isolation.
Mates and Dates caters for both people supported by the charity and any other individuals with disabilities in the local community who want to attend.
Commenting on the event, Kelly said: “People with learning disabilities in South Wales love the Mates and Dates event and I wanted to offer something similar to people in Somerset.”
Future events will be chosen and planned by the group, the first of these is an Easter disco on Friday 14th April at the Avalon club.
An individual attending, said: “I used to stay in at night due to not having many friends or having anywhere where I felt comfortable to go, but since I have been attending the Tuesday events I have made new friends and look forward to seeing them each week.”
There are high hopes for the event moving forwards and the charity are confident that it will attract more people week on week.
Walsingham Support’s Assistant Director for Wales and South West England, Chris Rees, speaking about the event’s success, said: “Mates and Dates has been a great success with around 20 people with disabilities attending each week, a number we hope to increase.”
If you or someone you know has a disability and is interested in attending Walsingham Support’s Mates and Dates in the future, please contact Kelly Rothery on 07738 878418 or firstname.lastname@example.org.