Undateable? Not me!
3 October 2014, Bristol
A day of people’s stories and practical advice about friendships and relationships; about meeting, dating, spending time together or breaking up; about sex and your right to choose; and about keeping healthy and staying safe, too.
Friendships and relationships can be exciting and fun with always the potential for love and romance. However, there is also the risk of being let down and hurt when things don’t work out. If you have learning disabilities or autism, your opportunities to make friends or have a loving relationship may be limited.
This event celebrates friendships and relationships and will talk about things that can be awkward and difficult such as sex and sexuality.
This event is for you if you want to make your own choices about your life and who you spend your time with. If you are a family carer or supporter, the day will help to answer difficult questions on personal issues.
It is an event for organisations too, as people with learning disabilities and autism want the kind of support that helps them make their own choices and decisions about all aspects of their lives and that can be difficult to support and facilitate.
This event will involve great speakers, great learning cafes, lots of talking and we hope, lots of laughing!
Undateable? Not me!
Kate Brackley, BILD, who appeared on Channel 4's The Undateables earlier this year
My choice - Me and my partner
The Mingle Group
Getting married - our story
Paul Dyer and Alison Edney
Learning Cafes: (you can go to 3 from 6):
Learning Cafe sessions at 10.30, 12.00 and 2.00. Repeated throughout the day except where stated.
- What do you say after hello?
Mates N Dates
- Meeting, dating and relationships. A chance to find out how to meet and date potential friends or partners safely.
- Ready for sex – from talking to doing
Juliana Slobodian, FPA Associate
Thinking about moving from friendship to having a sexual relationship – what are the issues including awareness of safe sex and personal safety
- Who Decides? Rights, consent and the capacity to consent
Gill Leno, Queen Alexandra College, Birmingham
Keith Smith, BILD
An opportunity to think through the legal and practical implications of consent in relation to sexual relationships.
- Mate Crime and being safe online
Mate crime is where people with learning disabilities are taken advantage of by people who they know well. How and why this happens and what we can do about it. PLUS! Hate and mate crime online are becoming more common. how to keep safe when using the internet and social network websites like Facebook or Twitter
- Getting the right support to make it happen
Getta Life, Coventry
What we can learn from the story of David and Adeline
- My choice - Me and my partner
The Mingle Group, Oxford
Members of the Oxfordshire Mingle Group for people with learning disabilities who are gay or transgendered want to meet you and talk about the story of their group and why it matters so much to them.