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
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
- 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
"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
or phone 029 2068 1160.