All you need is love: Dates-n-Mates

National Lottery funding is helping Dates-n-Mates play matchmaker for people with learning disabilities


When you have a learning disability, it can be a little trickier to meet someone who makes your stomach do somersaults.

That’s why Scotland’s national dating and friendship agency for adults with learning disabilities works to level the playing field.

With the support of National Lottery funding, Dates-n-Mates acts as matchmaker to give those with learning difficulties the chance to find love – and challenges common misconceptions about their limitations in the process.

Introducing Craig, 35 and Kirsty, 28. Before Dates-n-Mates, both Craig and Kirsty could be very shy and generally spent a lot of time at home.

Just like any of us, Kirsty was hoping to meet someone “funny, nice and kind”; while Craig was searching for a soulmate who was “caring, lovely and easy to talk to”.

They were the perfect match, they just needed to find each other.

Now they spend more time out and about, laughing and enjoying each other’s company – and their family couldn’t be more pleased for them.

As Kirsty’s mum put it so well, when it comes to love, “It’s just so nice, why shouldn’t they have the chance, too?”

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