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Loneliness for People with Learning Disabilties

We’ve been talking to lots of different people as we create Learning Disability England and one of the things that people are saying they’re worried about is loneliness. Loneliness can be a disability in itself.

Loneliness is something that I have experienced. Even though I used to be married I lived in a place called Worstead which was a very small village. The nearest shops were about ten miles away. I was lonely and didn’t have a job, I had to rely on my wife at the time for getting out and about.

Like me other people with learning disabilities have to rely on other people to get out and about. If you haven’t got any services around you it can be very difficult. If you can only go out to the shops about once a week that’s really difficult. Public transport is essential.

This has a mental effect on you.

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