Leeds Community Foundation (LCF) is a grant giving charity that invests in local community organisations.
LCF established The Leeds Fund as a way of distributing grants and supporting community projects so they can keep making a difference to thousands of people every day.
Luv2meetU is a friendship and dating agency for adults over 18 with a learning disability. Set up by national learning disability charity Hft, the service was recently awarded a Leeds Fund #GiveLoveLeeds grant by LCF. Sharon Kennedy from Luv2meetU shares more about this vital service.
What’s the most rewarding moment you’ve had?
We’ve had many fabulous moments, but if I had to pick one it would be meeting John*, a 50 year old with a learning disability who had previously separated from his wife and was pretty isolated. He had never been 10 pin bowling (though always wanted to) and through Luv2meetU had the chance to attend his first game. John made new friends despite his nervousness and won the game with the whole group cheering him on. He almost burst with pride and the look on his face was just awesome.
It can be difficult to make new friends if you have a learning disability. That’s why Luv2meetU is so important as it allows members to get out and about and make friends in a safe environment.
What difference has LCF’s Leeds Fund grant made?
Since receiving the funds we’ve been able to increase the number of events we run and members who are able to attend in Leeds. These events include trips to members’ favourite restaurants, an outdoor film showing, a farm trip, craft classes, single mingle nights - the list goes on and on!
Why are services like yours so important?
Before Luv2meetU there were very few opportunities for people with learning disabilities to come together and socialise.
We help people with learning disabilities widen their circle of friends and develop relationships – helping to combat isolation, loneliness and improve overall health and wellbeing.
*Some names have been changed.
Leeds Community Foundation relies on the generosity of businesses and individuals who care about their city and want to ‘give something back’.
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