A charity that helps people with learning disabilities find friendship is spreading love in Basingstoke.

Love4Life is a friendship and dating network for people with learning disabilities and autism, which run across Hampshire.

They have 41 members in and around Basingstoke. Love4Life are based in Church Square, Basingstoke.

They organise workshops and social events to aid in making friends and building relationships in a relaxed atmosphere. The workshops and social events are also aimed at making users more independent in their day-to-day life, and preventing people from being exploited in the community.

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Love4Life teach valuable life lessons which are vital to transforming lives and giving encouragement to those wishing to make friends, find love, or both.

It holds regular events from bowling to clubbing, meals out and sports, as well as the chance to learn new skills, providing life-changing opportunities for people with autism and learning disabilities to build lasting friendships and relationships.

Hayley Ostler, 34, is the manager of Love4Life, and lives in Kingsclere.

She said: “Love4Life offers a lifeline for so many people with learning disabilities and autism in the area. People join Love4Life to make friends and some find love. Everyone deserves love and Love4Life offers the chance to build great friendships, while learning useful life skills and having fun! Love4Life really is life changing”.

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Members will have the opportunity to attend up to 25 social events a month including themed discos, bowling, restaurant visits, and games nights. Membership costs £10 a month. For some events, such as meals out or the cinema, there will be an extra cost, however other events and all of our workshops are free. 

More information can be found at fitzroy.org/love4life/.