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SA’s first inclusive speed dating event returns

An inclusive speed-dating event is coming to Adelaide, helping those living with a disability to make connections.

Disability service, First Step Solutions will host SA’s first inclusive speed dating event in March, a chance for those with a disability to find their perfect match or life-long friendship!

Following the success of their first event last month, the night will see participants socialising, within a safe, non-threatening and fully-inclusive environment.

Divided into groups of over and under 40’s, guests will start-off by meeting all girls and guys involved, so friendships and potential connections with like-minded people can be made from the get-go.

Once the initial ice is broken, dinner is served! With a selection of pizza included in the ticket price, and drinks available for purchase.

It’s then on to the ‘date’ part of the night – operating in the same way as your regular speed-dating event, with those meeting their match able to swap numbers and follow-up on potential connections.

First Step Soloutions Systems and Operations Manager, Ebony Swan says the idea stemmed from feedback as a result of their ‘Date-Ability’ programs that are run each month.

“The feedback from the course from a lot of participants was, ‘where do I go now?'”, says Ebony.

“Although people had the skills, they weren’t confident to use them in ‘life’, so I wanted to create a safe environment for people to build that confidence”.

Their next speed-dating event is set to be held in early March, at a yet to be confirmed accessible, city venue.

“Our last one was really successful.. we’ve had contact by participants who are talking with people they were matched with, so it’s nice to hear people did make connections”, Ebony says.

The night will be capped at 40 guests, with tickets at $120 per person, which includes dinner.

Open to NDIS recipients only, those interested can register online via a referral form or have a support coordinator register on their behalf.

“We’re all very passionate and excited about what we do, and about creating connections”, Ebony says.

“We really want the SA disability community to know we are doing this, to know it’s there, to know that we are 110% supporting the community to make friends and potential relationships”.

“We are open to anyone, regardless of sexuality, its just a really easy event, there’s no pressure or stigmatism – it’s the most welcoming space”.

To register and to stay in the loop with the event date and venue, head to the First Step Solutions website.

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