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Avenues project 'It takes 2' is connecting people based on shared interests

It’s Learning Disability Week and this year’s theme is friendship and relationships. We caught up with Carly Halpin and Jim Lord, Project Workers on our new project ‘It takes 2’ which aims to connect people based on shared interests.

It takes 2 is an exciting new project running across Bromley and Greenwich. The project will connect 100 people with learning disabilities with 100 people from their local community who share the same interest. Lots of people with a learning disability do not think they have enough friends so they might feel lonely or isolated. That’s the driving force behind It takes 2; to create genuine friendships.

For us this isn’t about traditional volunteering and befriending services, it’s about creating reciprocal relationships which are sustainable when the project ends. We’ve been working hard to recruit people who want to take part and are still looking for people from the communities in Bromley and Greenwich who want to get involved by sharing their hobbies and interests. 

At the moment we are also working with those taking part in the project, to really get to know them, their interests and their hobbies. That way we can match them with someone in their local community who shares these. We’ve already made some connections, including two people who enjoy card making who are meeting once a week to enjoy this hobby together.

The project has really highlighted to us that although people with a learning disability might be more likely to become lonely and isolated this is an issue facing whole communities. It takes 2 is a real drive to tackle that, allowing people to form meaningful and lasting connections within their communities.

Find out more information about It takes 2 and how to get involved.