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Dating agencies: a chance to find romance for people with learning disabilities

Learning disability nurses might be asked to help a service user looking for love and companionship to apply to a dating agency 
Picture shows a couple with learning disabilities smiling at the camera. Dating agencies for people with learning disabilities aim to help them find not only romance but also friendships that can reduce social isolation.

Learning disability nurses might be asked to help a service user looking for love and companionship to apply to a dating agency

  • Nurses should encourage clients to join but may be asked to provide a reference
  • Some nurses are unsure if they should provide a reference, or what to disclose
  • Agencies have more men than women members, meaning men face long waits for a date

Dating has always had particular challenges for people with learning disabilities, but in the right circumstances it can open the door to new friendships, a better social life and even love and marriage.

In recognition of this, a small but significant number of specialist dating agencies have developed across the UK – and

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