Going out for a meal? Taking your loved one to the cinema? Snuggling up together on the sofa? Being in a relationship is something that many people take for granted. Ian Hargreaves Others are out enjoying single life — meeting new people, going out on dates. Imagine how hard it would be if you suffered from a learning disability. You would still have that normal desire to be in a relationship or to have a sexual experience, but not only do you have the pressure of dating, you have to find someone willing to accept you for, well, being you.
Learning disability and all. For many people that can be a frightening and seemingly impossible thing to do. The Stars in the Sky dating agency featured on hit Channel 4 program The Undateables and has proved popular, reaffirming the need for such a service in the area.
Stars in the Sky Hampshire is a charity which provides leisure, dating and friendship network for people with learning difficulties. I have made some amazing friends here. If you have any problems the staff help you, they are unbelievable. Before I joined I never did anything. The staff are here whenever I need them. It was really good, quite emotional, but really nice.
That was definitely my best outing with Stars in the Sky. The charity gets people of all ages signing up from all over the south. Nicole Hamerton is the Stars in the Sky Hampshire project manager. Our oldest member is Some people just join up to socialise.
She also comes here, we met through college last January. Stars in the Sky meets all the new members face to face and people have to be referred to the charity, through a social worker, doctor or other professional. The couple, who live in Southsea, hit it off at leisure activities organised by the charity. They joined Stars in the Sky in search of love and friendship and certainly found it. Volunteers at the organisation chaperoned them on their first three dates and the charity organised everything at the wedding, from the flowers to the reception at Milton Village Hall.
Other members came along to celebrate. Project manager Nicole Hamerton said: It was good for them to see that it is possible. The charity, which operates out of offices on West Street, is largely run by volunteers who dedicate a lot of time and effort into making the charity work. However, Stars in the Sky does desperately need funding to continue.