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Mates N Dates

Mates N Dates is a friendship and socialising network for adults with disabilities living in Oxfordshire. If you are 18 and over, want to go out, have fun and meet friends, Mates N Dates is the social club for you.

“Before I joined Mates N Dates I didn’t go out in the evenings unless it was a family occasion. Because I have speech problems I found it very hard to make friends. Now I can look forward to going out. It gives me something to look forward to. I made so many friends.”

We all want to go out but sometimes it’s just too difficult. Mates N Dates helps overcome these difficulties. We are a socialising network for adults over 18 with disabilities who want to be part of a group without judgement and form friendships.

We create opportunities to support and safeguard while out and about.

We want to be here for anyone and everyone, whether you have a learning disability, suffer from mental health problems, have a physical disability, are on the autistic spectrum or diagnosed with Asperger’s, we want to help you connect with the world and make you smile.

We organise a range of activities around the whole of Oxfordshire, creating events to make you feel inclusive, safe, help increase confidence, reduce isolation and loneliness and most important laugh and have fun!

What are the activities?

  • Monthly social group built around members interests
  • MINGLE – our dedicated LGBT workshop session with lunch
  • Music events such as our annual black-tie ball

How do I join?

Applications to join Mates n Dates are currently closed. Instead we are providing a service across all of our areas called Better Connected offering regular activities for people with learning disabilities and autism. To learn more, click here.

Our Mates ‘N’ Dates members and facilitator planning for the future, January 2019

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