Will Harris

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West Yorkshire

Matt Allwright, Will Harris BCAv, Dame Mary Perkins, Patron of The BCA

Will was one of Luv2MeetU’s first volunteers when the organisation was created over 10 years ago.  Luv2MeetU is a friendship and dating agency for people with learning disabilities run by the national learning disability charity HFT, which is a community interest company managed and run by adults with learning disabilities. Luv2MeetU supports people to make friends, share interests and develop relationships. It supports over 300 members that attend around 600 events per year in the community.

Every month Will organises and supports up to 6 people with learning disability to attend a day of activities in the local community or surrounding area. Whilst having a disability himself, Will is dedicated to supporting people to make friends and grow in confidence.  Unlike other volunteers Will independently organises and facilitates day trips to different towns and cities in addition to having a full-time job himself.  Will has accumulated nearly 1,000 hours of volunteering despite suffering from cerebral palsy.

Will personifies the aims of Luv2MeetU and contributes to the lives of people with learning disability in more ways than just volunteering.  He supports a group of people that would otherwise not leave their homes and enables them to enjoy meeting new people and socialising.