Learning Disability Wales awarded funding to develop new user-led training on relationships and sexuality

Learning Disability Wales is excited to announce that in partnership with six other European organisations we have been awarded funding to enable us to do more work in the important area of relationships and sexuality.

The Love Life project has been awarded a total of €368,660 from the European Union's Erasmus+ programme to cover work over three years.

The Love Life project, which starts on 1 September 2016, will enable Learning Disability Wales to:

  • develop a training programme on relationships and sexuality aimed at supporting staff and family carers across Europe
  • train people with a learning disability as co-trainers to deliver this training
  • hold an information event in Wales to share the products that the project will develop.

The project will benefit from the expertise of six partner organisations across Europe:

  • Austria: Salzburg University of Education Stefan Zweig. A higher education college in Salzburg for the training of teachers who have developed and delivered training on these issues for special needs teachers.
  • Belgium: The  European Association of Service Providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD) will contribute research activity and disseminate information about the project.
  • France: Papillons Blancs. A service provider who supports over 1300 people in Dunkirk. They have taken a particular interest in these issues and have developed a resource pack and DVD that has been distributed across France.
  • Germany: WFB Mainz. An organisation that provides day services for a total of 580 children and adults. In 2015 they created 'Liebelle', an information and counselling centre for people with disabilities, family carers and support staff.
  • Netherlands: Parmeijer. A major service provider supporting 4500 people in the Rotterdam and Southern Netherlands region. They are an innovative organisation, have a track record of developing training programmes and have a small team of staff providing support to individuals on these issues.
  • Slovenia: CUDV Draga. A major service provider in the Draga region employing 450 staff with a substantial track record of providing support on these topics through trained psychologists and other trained staff.

Jim Crowe, Director of Learning Disability Wales, said: "We are delighted to have achieved this grant offer in the face of stiff opposition from some very good projects all seeking to make a difference to people's lives. If people with a learning disability are to enjoy a real life in the community then the sometimes difficult issues of relationships and sexuality need to be properly explored.

"The project will also complement and bring added value to related activity about life in the community that we have said we shall undertake as part of our Valued Lives project, and the Working Together with Parents project we recently announced."

For more information on Love Life please contact Zoe Richards on zoe.richards@ldw.org.uk or phone 029 2068 1160.