Friends and Relationships

Local Groups

  • SIASS Youth Forum

The Sutton Information and Advisory Support Service (SIASS) Youth Forum is a group open to all young people (16-25 years old) with SEND in Sutton who get together on the third Tuesday of the month from 6-7pm. The aim of the group is to have fun, make new friends and to help tailor the SIASS service to your needs and wishes.  If you would like to join, please email laura.haupt@siass.co.uk or text 07432663262 to receive the meeting link. Visit SIASS' website to learn more about the Youth Forum (external link). 

  • Action Voices Sutton

Action Voices Sutton are a group of young people (aged 12-25) with learning disabilities who come together to have fun and discuss how to make important changes to make life better for young people with disabilities. Read more about Action Voices Sutton (external link). 

  • Speak up Sutton

Speak up Sutton is a group for adults aged 18 and over that have learning disabilities and live, work or study in Sutton and is run by  Advocacy for All. The group meet weekly, have fun and give a voice to our members to speak up on various issues affecting people with learning disabilities. Read more about Speak up Sutton (external link). 

Directory of Groups for Children and Young people in Sutton

Sutton Centre for the Voluntary Sector has put together a comprehensive directory for Children, Young People & Families including those aimed at families and young people with SEND.  There are a host of groups for children and young people with disabilities, parent support groups, arts, sports and environmental groups and mental health and wellbeing groups, advice and mediation and youth participation and leadership groups. View the directory of groups (external link).

Please check with individual group websites for joining details.

Dating Agencies (for 18+)

iNEQE Safeguarding Group has published a blog on dating apps and young people. It discusses the typical functions of dating apps; the risks and concerns for children and young people using the apps; and tips to plan open, honest and supportive conversations about dating apps. 

Choice Support have put together a useful guide called the Supported Loving toolkit, with some useful information about dating. Please read this before approaching any dating agency, so that you are well informed. Please note that we do not endorse any dating agency or social club mentioned however, many are run by learning disability providers and others have been set up independently. Visit Choice Support (external link). 

For information on relationships and sexual health, please see out PfA health section.

Healthy relationships for young people:

BILD (British Institute of Learning Disability) is one of the leading learning disabilities organisations in the UK. Their website contains lots of useful resources and fact sheets including some about friendships and relationships to support people to have a great life. Visit the BILD relationship pages (external link).

Brook, a national wellbeing and sexual health charity, have an excellent relationships section on their website based on findings from a two year Open University research study called Enduring Love. If you want help separating fact from fiction, they have a helpful section on common relationship myths. Visit Brook's website to learn more about relationships (external link).

Choice Support is a national charity, supporting people with autism, learning disabilities and mental health needs. Supported Loving is a human rights-based campaign, with associated network meetings, hosted by Choice Support. They believe people with learning disabilities and/or autism should be able to enjoy the same sexual and romantic freedoms as everyone else. Choice Support publishes Supported Loving blogs, news and resources. Visit the Supported Loving pages on Choice Support (external link).

Childline’s pages on friends, relationships and sex provide helpful information and advice on topics such as: friendships, peer pressure, being assertive, starting intimate relationships, breaking up and a section on “what to do if…?” Visit the Childline website (external link).

The NSPCC has developed films and resources aimed at young people aged 11 to 25 to help them learn strategies for staying safe as they grow up and gain independence. They enable adults to start conversations with young people about feelings, privacy and boundaries, friendship, different kind of love and online safety. Visit the Love Life pages of the NSPCC (external link).

PANTS explains that private parts are private and talks about personal boundaries. Steph teaches Ash and Jim that it’s OK to say “no” if you don’t want to do something, and they discuss different ways of saying “no”. Watch the PANTS video (external link).

Contraception refers to the methods that are used to prevent pregnancy. The NHS website has information about contraception. Visit the NHS website to learn more about contraception (external link).

The Down's Syndrome Association have created a Relationships and Sex Education training package specifically designed for the learning strengths and challenges of people with Down’s syndrome. The training will be facilitated by those who purchase the resource, such as a care provider, a local authority, support group or a parent or carer, who will use the resource to deliver eight sessions covering all aspects of Relationships and Sex. The resource is suitable for adults aged 18 and over. Learn more about the Relationship and Sex Education training package from the Down's Syndrome Association (external link).

For information on relationships and sexual health, please see out PfA health section.

Cyber Bullying

View a video with top tips to stay safe online (external link).

28/04/2022