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SOCIAL ISOLATION

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Sex and relationships

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about US

Spring into Action is a community interest company based in Accrington in East Lancashire. We set up in 2012 and have a vision of an inclusive society where people with learning disabilities can fully participate.


Spring into Action is committed to creating a world where every individual, regardless of their abilities, feels valued and empowered to fully participate in life.


Our focus is on nurturing positive, healthy relationships, fostering equity, and developing essential life skills.


We are dedicated to providing opportunities for individuals to access the community, build lasting friendships, and enjoy services that are friendly, fun, and enriching.


OUR LEADERSHIP TEAM

Lucy Hamlin, Managing Director

Sheralee Turner-Birchall, Chair (Board of Directors)

Adam Hartley, Happiness Director

Paul Topping, Director

Dawn Vickers, Director

Pip Brodest, Director

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We were set up by Lucy Hamlin, Rachael McHugh and Dawn Vickers in 2012 after they recognised there were limited opportunities for young people with learning disabilities to take a meaningful and active role in society.


The options on leaving school were college, then onto day centres. Lucy and Rachael worked for a youth group for young people up to age 25 with SEN and created opportunities for people to use their abilities, rather than be held back by any disability.

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MEET N MATCH

Meet N Match is a friendship and dating agency for people with a learning disability and autistic adults in the North West of England.


The Meet N Match project provides an exclusive matching service for our members, whether you are looking for friends or that someone special.


We also provide social activities in the form of Pub Nights, Discos and evening activities to support people to have great nights out in safe environments


Visit the project page here: www.meet-n-match.co.uk


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sex & relationships

SRE Education for people with learning disabilities in the community, schools and providers.


People with lived experience of a learning disability, or autism have the right to have relationships. Often they do not have the knowledge or understanding of safe relationships. Some people may have never been in a relationship or have been sexually active and may may need support and education to enjoy such experiences. Without this knowledge and education, this could lead to negative experiences and safeguarding issues.


People with a learning disability are four times more likely to have been sexually abused than non-disabled (Mencap, 2015).



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expert consultation

Our experts are people with lived experience of learning disability and autism. They provide a unique perspective on life and can provide you with expert consultation on service and product design and delivery. Acting as a fantastic sounding board, they will enhance your services by providing direct feedback. Our Experts have been trained by Spring into Action and provide a professional yet unique experience.


Previous work includes:

  • Consultation in the development of The Bubble App
  • Consultation on Virtual Guardian App
  • EasyRead steering group to confirm understanding of documents produced by Lancashire Police and Lancashire County Council Registrar Service
  • Organisation and delivery of a friendships conference for Lancashire Friends and Relationships Group



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cost of living projects

Household Support Scheme

We have funding to provide winter warmer packs to residents in Hyndburn who are struggling with the cost of living crisis.


To apply for support, click here to complete an application form




Spring into Money Management

A 12-week money management course to help people with learning disabilities understand money.


This is series of FREE workshops taking place over 2023-2024. For more details contact Shelley on 01254 457026


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Volunteers are such an important part of our work, supporting everything we do.

We are looking for: the following volunteers:


To find out our current volunteering opportunities click here.

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Vacancies


We are recruiting a Volunteer Coordinator 18 hours per week - contact us for more information. Closing date 19th January 2024


Download the job pack here

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contact US

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Ways to get in touch

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Oswaldtwistle Mills Business Centre

Clifton Mill

Pickup Street

Accrington

BB5 0EY

Individual supporters

Mr D Knowles

Mr A Mills

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our supporters: 2023

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Contact Lucy Hamlin


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info@spring-projects.co.uk