Imagine never coming out of lockdown

Living through lockdown in a pandemic is tough. You feel unsafe going outside, you cannot see your friends and you are stuck in the same environment day and night. Sadly, this is what many people with learning disabilities experience every day.

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Loneliness and isolation

Up to half of all people with learning disabilities experience chronic loneliness (Sense, 2017). They can find it hard to make friends and can be subject to hate crime and exploitation.

This loneliness is associated with mental and physical health problems and poor quality of life. Love4Life member, Alex, tells us more about what Love4Life means to him and how it has changed his life for the better.

It’s been a transformation from feeling very lonely and isolated to feeling like I’ve got everything I’ve ever dreamed of, and that’s largely thanks to Love4Life because I never would have met my partner Holly without the project

How Love4Life helps

Our Love4Life project has always worked hard to give our members a safe place to make new friends, learn new skills and even find love.

Knowing loneliness and isolation would only worsen during the pandemic, our LoveLife team worked quickly to move all events online to make sure members still had access to the workshops, and more importantly, their friends. Because of the hard work of our Love4Life team, our members still had their lifeline during the toughest months.

Since the first lockdown, we have organised over 300 online events and have continued to offer one-to-one virtual support. There have even been two engagements during lockdown, with members continuing to find love thanks to our vital service.

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I’ve gone from feeling miserable and alone most days and thinking ‘oh I can’t wait for this day to be over’, to really thinking ‘I can’t wait for this day’! I really feel like I’ve got a complete life now and a complete family. I was miserable until I joined Love4Life and now I have everything I ever dreamed of and never thought I would have

Break the cycle of loneliness

Any donation that you make today will help ensure that our vital work can continue. We want to help break the cycle of loneliness and isolation for even more adults with learning disabilities.

We simply cannot do that without our supporters, so – from the FitzRoy team and our Love4Life members – thank you.

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